zenten wrote:Wouldn't just stopping subsidizing coal (and other bad systems) fix the problem?
Coal is hardly subsidized in relative to the rest of them. Hydro is probably the least subsidized.
E.g. energy companies giving people a credit for "producing" electricity, is just a subsidy, unless you are producing significant and reliable amounts of energy they aren't going to invest in the infrastructure to hook you up to the grid going the other way.
Nuclear has recently received unlimited loan guarantees in addition to subsidizing the mining of the fuel and its disposal (e.g. 60 billion dollar Yucca Mountain), ethanol only exists because of the massive amounts of subsidies, oil companies just get handouts near constantly, the coal companies have been getting their share at least in part with the republicans removing the restrictions on them.