According to this G-20 report, Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?, China certainly is outpacing us by investing in next generation energy production.
As I wrote before:
The definition of infrastructure will include more than roads and bridges in the twenty-first century. It will likely include telecommunications, water sanitation and food distribution assets. However, it will certainly include energy production and distribution.
Do you remember the energy crisis of 2008 when the price of gas was around 4 to 5 dollars per gallon in the United States and companies and farms were failing left and right. Our country has relied on fossil fuels as the main source of energy for centuries. This dependence has produced a very fragile economy, the opposite of resilient.
An infrastructure for resilience to “energy crises” includes multiple sources of energy and power production. Alabama can lead the way by shoring up our local economies against such crises by weaning ourselves off foreign oil as a source of energy.
The United States is currently importing about 70 percent of its renewable energy systems and components,” said Phil Angelides, chairman of the Apollo Alliance. “If that trend continues, we stand to lose out on estimated 100,000 clean energy manufacturing jobs by 2015, and nearly 250,000 by 2030. This country needs a comprehensive clean-energy economic development strategy so we can ensure that jobs being created in the clean-energy sector stay in America
By pursuing diversified energy production, Alabama could become energy independent and self-reliant; at the same time becoming the manufacturing center of alternative energy capital.