The renewable energy push across the globe bodes well for growing movements such as Cow Power. Supportive public policy provides the most effective way to increase the use of renewable energy.
Laws in Europe, specifically Ireland, portray the essential role public policy plays in shifting towards a more energy-efficient country. The Irish economy is growing due in part to their approach to renewable energy. Ireland has emerged as the greenest country in Europe by making the people reconsider their views on clean energy through the taxation of fossil fuels and rubbish.
According the International Renewable Energy Agency, “investment in renewable energy power generation depends on stable regulatory frameworks.” The agency believes “renewables are the best ways for oil importing countries to save money.”
Despite the gradual decrease of oil imports since 2005, the “United States relied on net imports (imports minus exports) for about 45% of the petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) that we consumed in 2011.” A stronger emphasis on renewable energy could lessen reliance on oil imports.
Renewable and sustainable energy programs such as Cow Power are even more important for the US to not only invest in, but focus more on laws that provide a supportive and enabling environment to foster innovation and expansion.
Do you think the U.S. government has done enough to help increase renewable and sustainable energy use and development?