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  •  Don't forget externalities! (15+ / 0-)

    There is no monetary cost associated with pollution, which gives polluting energy sources a leg up on clean energy such as solar.

    Frankly, the subsidies help to get the market started as well. I work in the solar energy field, and without these tax credits, many of my clients would walk away.

    ‎"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine

    by jobobo on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:19:21 AM PST

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    •  But if fossil fuel subsidies were cut as well.... (3+ / 0-)

      Would your clients still walk away if they didn't get solar tax credits, but fossil fuel costs were suddenly higher because we weren't subsidizing them?

      •  I don't think they work that way. (3+ / 0-)
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        RMForbes, semiot, RiveroftheWest

        I may be mistaken, but the nature of fossil fuel subsidies in the United States isn't simply giving an oil company a tax credit and hoping for cheap gas.

        Rather, it's heating assistance for poor families, who are using fossil fuel to heat their homes.

        But more to my point, it's still not a fair market if we removed all government subsidies and saw what played out. The externalities from air pollution would be unaccounted for, and the fossil fuel industry is already much bigger and more well established.

        ‎"The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion." - Thomas Paine

        by jobobo on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:08:10 PM PST

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