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Milton Financials: U.S. could lose renewable energy race without direction from Washington.
Numerous Asian nations including China may soon challenge the U.S. in the race to develop a renewable energy industry if the administration doesn’t provide domestic incentives.
"These nations have outpaced the U.S. in recruiting, incenting and developing domestic manufacturing of solar, wind, and battery technology,"
China, which is taking serious steps to break into the wind turbine exporting field, already holds over 50% of the globe’s market for solar panels.
The Obama administration has failed to pass binding climate legislation this year which would have put a price on carbon emissions, Milton Financials believes the panel was told, making it vital that some laws be passed which would increase demand for alternative energy or the country would risk falling further behind.
Recently Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill which would see utilities required to generate minimum amounts of alternative energy through a federal Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), but considering the current political climate in the U.S. the bill’s chance of success is uncertain.
Germany, Japan and China already all have specific governmental funds for the development of domestic alternative energy technologies where the U.S. is only just beginning this effort Milton Financials understands experts told the hearing.
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