Energy Professionals Get It, Why Can’t Our Political Leaders?

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OK, I’m still going on my rant about U.S. politicians….

I was reminded this week of a post I wrote two months ago on a survey of energy professionals conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek Research Services and funded by ABB. It showed, not too surprisingly, that “76% of energy professionals believe government regulations should require utility companies to produce more energy from renewable sources” and that “89% of energy professionals believe government incentives trump markets in driving energy efficiency uptake by consumers.”

These are not hippies. These are not socialists. And these certainly are not energy idealists. These are energy professionals saying this! (Renewable and non-renewable energy producers, energy distributors, major end users, consultants, and government/NGO officials working on energy policy.)

But it seems that no matter what they say, we’ve got probably the most ignorant block of Republicans (or even politicians, in general) ever to populate Congress sitting in power of our country today, and they aren’t going to listen (unless what is being said comes from the mouths of their corporate sponsors).

When they won’t listen to

how is our country ever going to improve and remain a world leader?

Here on CleanTechnica, we advocate for what these energy professionals, climate scientists, and health professionals recommend everyday. This is one goal of our site, to promote policies that support a livable climate, healthy environment, better economy, public health, and greater equality. It’s nice to see that the recommendations of all these people (from a variety of important fields) are essentially the same — promote cleantech, especially renewable energy and energy efficiency, through strong government policies.

When our country’s “leaders” won’t listen to these experts, though, what are we to do?

I’m beginning to think more and more that it’s time to stand up and take action in the real world. Emails, petitions, tweets, and so on are not penetrating the minds of our politicians. Perhaps it’s time to have a real clean energy revolution?..

For more on the study mentioned above, check out ABB’s Better World campaign page.

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