Professor of Economics at County College of Morris (CCM)
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
"The case for ethanol, at least corn-based ethanol, is not economic or environmental but political. Brazilian ethanol, a sugar-based variety, appears to be free of many of the problems associated with corn-based ethanol. Though it appears to be cheaper, more efficient and more environmentally friendly, the U.S. government im poses a huge import tax of 54 cents a gallon on it. This is not economically or environmentally sound though it is certainly politically palatable, since it prevents competition with domestic producers.
Artificial governmental incentives such as subsidies, tax credits, mandates and tariffs should be removed. In the search for alternate energy sources, we are better served when firms in the competitive marketplace seek profits at their own risk."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Economics, County College of Morris (CCM)