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Green Mercantilism Is a Threat to the Clean Energy Economy

July 1, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

In an op-ed for the Huffington Post, Rob Atkinson emphasized a central theme of ITIF's recent report, that policymakers and advocates face a fundamental choice when it comes to green mercantilism. We can have cheaper existing clean energy that is reliant on government subsidies or cheaper next-generation clean energy that is competitive on their own through innovation. Green mercantilism not only continues the former but makes the latter much more difficult, negatively impacting the growth of the clean economy as well as the global community's ability to address climate change.