Why does the federal government support “green energy”? Because the free market won’t.
Why does the free market reject “green energy”? Because it costs more to generate than it brings in as revenues.
Why is this the case? Because “green energy” is labor-intensive.
Why do politicians support this? Because employed workers vote.
Does the public know that “green energy” is subsidized in order to create jobs at very high losses? No.
Is natural gas “green”? Yes. Is it labor intensive? No. Is it cheap? Yes. Is it clean? Yes. Does it produce carbon dioxide? Yes. Is this acceptable to the voting bloc that used to be called global warming (“climate change” these days, since global warming creased in 1999)? No. Does it need subsidies? No.
What about nuclear energy? Does it get subsidies? Yes. In what form? Government-imposed limits on accident payouts. This lowers insurance costs. Does it get other subsidies? Yes. What? Spent-fuel storage costs are not fully imposed. Neither are costs of shutting down the plants, which takes 60 years.
Does coal pollute? Yes.
Is oil getting more expensive? Yes. Does the government keep oil from being produced to “save the environment,” meaning land owned by the federal government? Yes.
So, what is the solution? Get government out of the energy source business. Let the suppliers of fuel compete in an open market.
Next, Get government out of the spent-fuel storage business. The nuclear plants should pay for everything.
Nobody calls for this. Each energy fuel source has lobbyists, and they avoid talking about their industry’s subsidies.