Natural resources are a public good - everyone can use them and usually, they are taken for granted. But it is important to remember that we are drawing from a limited pool of supplies. Not only should efforts be made to conserve what we currently have, we should look to the future and attempt to create a sustainable energy source for our children. The government plays the biggest role here as the difference between subsidization and merely preaching alternative energy could be the difference between survival and death of the human race.
Alternative energy should be subsidized by the government, because we are going to need alternative energy going forward. This isn't a question of if, but how and when it is going to be implemented. Whatever funds are available to be allocated to alternative energy should be put toward it, of course.
I personally agree,As it happens, the Obama administration is not the first to have the idea of giving the economy a boost by helping out a promising new energy source. Energy subsidies have been a constant in American history, literally going back to the country's earliest days, and these subsidies have been crucial in America's overall economic development.
No, the government should not subsidize alternative energy, because we do not know how bad global warming is, and we might be making ourselves a lot poorer by rejecting fossil fuels. If alternative energies are cost effective, they will develop on their own. We do not need the government subsidizing things that aren't economical.
No, they do not need to change anything about the way that they do alternative energy, except that their needs to be a whole lot more of it around. I think that they need to keep these programs under the control of the government, so that they can do it right.
Alternative energy in the form of solar power and wind power is not as reliably predictable as fossil fuels. Solar cells are worthless at night and questionable during cloudy days. Wind is not perfectly repeatable as weather patterns change. To maintain 100% availability, Solar power grids and wind power grids require economically prohibitive very large batteries, Thus requiring even more government funding.
On the other hand, A power grid knows with absolute certainty that natural gas to fuel the turbines is available on a constant basis.