In his $28.4 billion FY 2011 DOE budget, President Obama requested a significant amount of money for renewable energy and a secure, reliable smart grid, including $108 million for research in wind, solar and geothermal energy, and nearly triple the amount of loan guarantees for renewable energy innovation.
According to Reuters, however, Republicans object strongly to the proposed investment, saying that 'while they also like clean-energy technology, it should not come at the expense of traditional energy sources such as oil'.
Infographics can be a powerful tool for conveying complex information to a broad audience. And the links between government investment and clean energy, as pointed out in the graphic below, or between investment portfolios and politics, as pointed out by Fisher Investments on Yahoo, are a few such examples.
As you can seen in the chart below, government spending on alternative energy is quite small compared to the amount of money Americans spend on a variety of non-essential products and services.
Maybe we're just looking for the money in all the wrong places...
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