United States needs to ensure sustainable energy plan that would not only allow the creation of new jobs to boost our economy but also help nation make a transition to clean energy economy.
U.S. still heavily depends on oil and other fossil fuels and this will have to change if nation really wants to ensure future energy independence and energy security. The diversified energy portfolio with main focus on renewable energy is at this moment the best energy option for U.S. government.
Yes, fossil fuels still have the edge in costs over renewable energy sources. But we mustn't also forget that the gap in costs is shrinking all the time, and that renewable energy sources will achieve cost parity with fossil fuels rather sooner than later.
U.S. has to think and act on the long-run. This strategy requires adequate legislation and this is an area where U.S. keeps making the same mistakes over and over again with main mistake being the lack of federal renewable energy standard.
If U.S. Congress were to pass federal renewable energy standard portfolio this would trigger many companies to start investing heavily, resulting in big economic growth and thousands of new sustainable energy jobs.
U.S. is relying too much on Middle Eastern oil sources, and this dependence is causing billions of dollars to go abroad, making ultra-rich sheiks even richer. This money could instead be spent within domestic borders and be used for the creation of new clean energy jobs.
The transition to clean, renewable energy can't happen overnight. This however, doesn't mean that U.S. should choose passive waiting strategy in developing its renewable energy sector. U.S. needs to act more aggressively because this is the only way to win global clean energy race. Especially given China's jump start.