July 10, 2012 | by John Norton | Climate Change, Energy Policy, Sustainability + Energy

I recently came across this infographic depicting the total amount of federal energy incentives doled out to various energy sources over the past fifty years.

Courtesy of Management Information Services Inc and the University of Tennessee

Absent a national energy plan (because we don’t have one), this is what decades of status-quo has given us:


    1. An energy portfolio heavily tilted in favor of polluting, finite energy sources – many of which must be imported from politically unstable nations.


    1. Mature industries that have grown dependent upon federal subsidies (i.e. taxpayer dollars), and offer power at artificially low prices.


    1. An under-developed renewable energy sector that continues to limp along.


Imagine if wind and solar had received similar incentives to the oil and gas industries. I wonder how many jobs, manufacturing facilities, and communities we would support today?

You tell me, what else is wrong with this picture?


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John confesses to loving wind power first as a young man of 25 (hint: not yesterday). As NRG’s Chief Operating Officer, he shared that passion with others internally and internationally. He wrote about manufacturing technology, the intersection of innovation and operations, global trade in the wind industry, strategic partnerships, and thoughts on making a difference through local community.

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