Gallery: Obama’s State of the Union Pushes Green, but Will Congress Bud...


At Inhabitat we often wonder, with so much great green technology out there, why are we so far behind other countries in renewable energy? Gearing up to watch Obama’s State of the Union Address last night I was hoping for a bit of an explanation. Last night, as it is becoming ever apparent in US politics, the divide between the parties was distinct and almost unchanged throughout and Obama agreed that this partisanship might very well be what is holding our country back.

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  1. electric38 January 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    If the subsidies and tax breaks now given to the oil companies are shifted to solar manufacturing development, this sector will take off. Rooftop solar is the key. Residents and small businesses will both benefit.
    The extra $3-400 dollars that each resident and small business saves each month on their power bill will go back into the economy. The trick is not to let the utility companies step in and “meter the sun”.
    With electric car production taking off as it is, the solar energy used for the average resident and small business to charge the batteries will result in further savings.

    The new factories manufacturing solar and electric cars are using solar for power and a large dose of robotics. These blended technologies will help the US stay competetive with the Chinese.

  2. tmartineau January 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I agree fully that the next step in the fight for clean, renewable energy is an economic argument. You can talk all day about carbon neutral this or carbon tax that but until you show the average person how in the long run this will save them money, and create a vibrant economy no one will be on board. And until we start investing large amounts of money into expanding green tech, making it more efficient, and cheaper no government world wide will agree to any effective carbon cutting plan.

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