The reasoning behind US’ green failure

Despite the buzz that has been growing around renewable energy, the US has really been dragging its feet in embracing the clean trend, and though it may be easy to blame the indifference on Congress, some of it lies with the environmental and activist communities as well.

The lack of federal support has certainly slowed the American clean energy movement, and the market has been making very small steps in the US, despite booming in many other nations. With Chine emerging as the world’s largest wind power market, it is time for the US to get on board, before they lose their top position, as this new trend slips away. Now if China alone was not cause enough to kick the competitive side into high gear, smaller countries like Italy and Spain have easily edged past the US in their solar energy production.

Germany remains the top heavyweight in the race, leading the clean energy markets in virtually every category. And though the nation itself may not benefit fully from sun-extracted energy, its resilient push is what made solar power the hotbed of renewable energy it is today.

In the US, the numbers are dipping to older standards rather that rise like they are doing in many other smaller and developing countries. No national targets have been set up, and though solar energy is on a steady rise, its surges are dismal compared to those of countries that are a fraction of the size of the US. All of these factors have contributed to America being deemed as the sleeper of the new market, and by the looks of it, the waking up will not be happening anytime soon.

Dropping natural gas prices and a decreased energy demand have also contributed to an already ignored field. However, the majority of the blame still lies with the government. Once strong and steady federal support is shown, the figures usually follow.

With a president who is clearly supportive of the movement, and conventional fuels sparking little else but massive environmental catastrophes, one would think that the US would be more pro-active in embracing the clean energy trend.

Despite some promises made to the green communities by President Obama, and some loans assigned to a few causes; no feasible actions, like targets or tax credit systems have been put in place.

At this juncture in time, any and all talking about a more progressive clean energy movement in the States is restricted to just empty talk.