- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 31, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The editorial “Greenbacks for green tech” (Opinion, Monday) makes a deep investigation of the costs of green technology, but it does not acknowledge any of the benefits.

As an industry, green technology is expected to grow a great deal thanks to the international focus on climate change and pollution. Whether or not Americans will have access to the jobs, investment and revenue that have been observed within the green industry in Japan and Taiwan is of little consequence. If Americans are not designing and manufacturing energy-conscious products, the Swiss and Danish will, and they will sell them here in the United States. Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s policy is a step in the right direction in order to maintain America’s technological competitiveness.

Taiwan, for example, is a leader in solar and wind energy technologies. At present rates of growth, the island nation’s green tech is expected to be a $375 billion industry by 2015. Government investment in research and development for green tech is planned at around $650 million during the next five years. This concrete growth is in addition to the positive image that green tech has acquired among more and more people throughout the world, which makes Taiwan’s products more attractive.

The United States, like Taiwan, is an innovative country. It marches unafraid into daunting endeavors, as in the Apollo Project and the American Highway System. Government investment in green tech reminds the world of this fact.

EUGENIA YUN

Bethesda, Md.

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