Originally Posted by mpholland
I think things in the US are cleaner now than they were 30-40 years ago and still trending that way. Not much we can do about the rest of the world. I think we are trying to go too green too fast. Our economy can't afford the massive green subsidies until the technology gets a bit farther along, and no, I don't think that the research will cease without government funding. I do my part to help, but I am not going to spend excessive green to be green.
I concur----in part.
I do believe research would be hindered, but not "cease", without government funding. I believe we are still at a stage wherein there is no profit in green technology, and therefore won't get sufficient funding from private institutions. As I see it the private sector should
be about profit and the government should
provide, to a degree*, financial support to advance technologies where there is as yet, no profit to be had.
(*I think the only disagreement we may have is a matter of degree.)