12 Jan '12, 10pm

State clean energy funds create jobs and a healthier, safer economy

A new report by the Brookings Institution details the success and benefits of an important mechanism for funding clean energy growth – state clean energy funds. These funds can be a very effective tool when targeted wisely, and Brookings argues that their expansion could serve as a useful counterweight to the political turmoil in Washington. In Congress, some politicians and entrenched interest groups have tried to turn the funding of clean energy into something dirty . They’ve done this loudly , in Congressional hearings , and quietly, by failing to extend important tax provisions that have created tens of thousands of jobs and promoted the development of clean-energy installations in every state in the union. To these critics, it doesn’t matter that federal support for fossil fuels has outstripped similar support for renewables by a factor of 9 to 1 in the last 60 years ...

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