20 Apr '11, 11am

Germans happily pay more for clean energy. Why don’t Americans?

Germans happily pay more for clean energy. Why don’t Americans?

Germans invest their euros in clean energy. Why are Americans so stingy with their dollars? In the U.S., any policy that raises taxes on anyone or causes anyone to pay more for anything -- at least in a way that's visible or traceable -- has become verboten . It's axiomatic in American politics that you can't do it. The populace will revolt, right-wingers will demagogue you, you'll be driven from office. There was even an amendment in Congress last year that would have disavowed any policy that would raise energy prices by even a cent (and every Republican voted for it!). This is, of course, a mind-bendingly stupid and myopic constraint to put on public policy. It is quite frequently the case, in our family lives as well as our public lives, that we need to invest now for future benefits. If we can't do that, we're pretty much destined to spiral into decrepitude. And indee...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-policy/2011-04-20-germans-pay...

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