[OP-ED] The conservative case for solar subsidies

Doug Chayka

By Ben Hojan | The New York Times

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are posted for discussion purposes only.)

To many skeptics, particularly on the right, the spectacular failure of the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra in 2011, after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy, demonstrated the industry’s shaky future and the danger of government efforts to subsidize it to success.

Fast forward to today. Solar energy prices have continued to fall rapidly, twice as many Americans work in the solar industry as in coal mining, and last year one-third of new electricity generation came from solar power.

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