The Sad Death of Green Tech
David Brooks laments the fall of the bipartisan green revolution
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2012 1:10 PM CDT
An A123 Systems Inc. logo is seen in a file photo in Livonia, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

(Newser) – Back in 2003, green technology looked like the future, and a bipartisan consensus was forming around it. David Brooks recalls getting a ride in Prius from a conservative foreign policy hawk, who touted it as an antidote to foreign oil dependency. "From that date on, the story begins to get a little sadder," Brooks writes in the New York Times. Al Gore politicized global warming, destroying "any slim chance of building a bipartisan national consensus," and Barack Obama promised America 5 million "green jobs."

"Renewable energy has many virtues, but it is not a jobs program," Brooks writes. Green jobs proved expensive, and while some firms prospered, others, like A123 and Solyndra, failed spectacularly. Meanwhile, countries around the world were also propping up green tech, leading to a "gigantic oversupply." Today, fossil fuels look like the future and no one is talking about climate change. "Global warming is still real. Green technology is still important," Brooks writes. "But he who lives by the subsidy dies by the subsidy." Read the full column here.

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right2dave
Nov 26, 2012 1:25 PM CST
Barack Obama promised America 5 million "green jobs." Gitmo would be closed. Ho mos would be allowed to marry. Obammy supporters sit back and watch your checks get smaller and smaller to pay for this up coming joke called Obamacare.
Bookumdano
Nov 26, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Green will eventually happen, but only when it's time. These types of solutions take a long time. However, in the meantime we must "transition", albeit slowly. The private sector will eventually make it happen, even without gov't subsidies. It's to their benefit, and ours. As far as climate change is concerned, you be it's happening. In fact, it's been happening since the end of the last Ice Age, with it's ups and downs each year. I would go as far as to say that you and I would not be here if it were not for the warming of the climate since the last Ice Age. So we need to get over it, and move on. Mother Nature will prevail, no matter what. Species that survive learn to adapt.
Even-Steven
Oct 21, 2012 9:36 PM CDT
No one is talking green because it isn't viable and there is little to no demand for it. Govt has done everything they can to artificially create a market place for it by mandates, tax breaks, and flat out gifts. Just gotta face it, it isn't time yet and there really is no need for it currently. If "they" would have approached it as a bridging solution to future energy issues it would have had a place. Instead, as is typical liberal fashion, they tried to shove it down our throats, backed it up with bogus lies, and did a corporate crony money grab and we average sheeple seen through the facade. Swirly lightbulbs made in china are a damned joke and don't even get me started on global warming.... oh wait, I'm sorry, climate change is the big sell now? We have the solution to our energy issues here at home. A true all of the above solution would have worked if the bleeding hearts would have been butted out of it. Oh we'll guess we'll wait another 20 years. Can't wait to see how many volts I'll see at the scrapyard in the next 5 years!