U.S. places 3rd in clean energy race

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According to a recent report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race," the U.S. fell to third place in clean energy investment in 2010. This is being driven by the country's lack of a national energy policy, according to the report. This could be resolved with knowledge and evidence-informed policy developments and innovations.

A comprehensive energy bill failed last year. The lack of a national energy policy stems from the vast uncertainty facing the industry. But it is a vicious cycle. In order to address and resolve the uncertainty, we must have a national energy policy. And that is the simple answer. In reality, we need much more. We need the infrastructure in the existing grid to carry the energy from alternative sources to end users and the funds to make that happen. The question becomes can these things work without a national energy policy and vice versa? In an ideal world, probably not. In today's world, they may have to.

For more:

- see the report