Subsidies of Green Energy
Many people support increased use of clean energy such as solar and wind energy. However, there are often conflicts between increased production of clean energy and other environmental goals. For example, a large solar farm in the Mojave Desert of California, the Ivanpah plant, has been criticized for harming the desert tortoise (https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/California-s-energy-goals-collide-with-the-6654981.php (Links to an external site.)) and incinerating birds (https://www.sciencealert.com/this-solar-plant-accidentally-incinerates-up-to-6-000-birds-a-year (Links to an external site.)), while wind farms are estimated to kill hundreds of thousands of bats and birds annually (https://abcbirds.org/wind-energy-threatens-birds/ (Links to an external site.)) and involves use of rare earth metals that need to be mined, primarily in other countries (https://www.sustainalytics.com/esg-blog/implications-rare-earth-wind-energy-market/ (Links to an external site.)) Should the government subsidize increased solar and wind energy production? In a post of about 350-400 words, take a position on this question and address this conflict between clean energy and harm to the environment and what you think would be the most efficient way to balance these conflicting environmental goals. Consider the economic issues involved such as the role of property rights, the general role of government in supporting clean energy and also protecting wildlife, and the potential for a negotiated solution between energy companies and environmental groups. Utilize resources on both sides of the issue to support your proposal.