There is a continued debate between clean energy and cheap energy. The government has yet to be able to come to an agreement, as people on the right and left don’t agree on anything in this field.
Why is this a problem? With government inaction or action too far on the right or left, the citizens are caught in the middle, paying too much for energy or receiving overly dirty energy that pollutes the water and the air. The government has not been able to solve the difficult question of how best to solve this clash between the two sides, and ping-ponging back and forth is not working either.
The Solution: Competition, plain and simple. Have you ever asked yourself why you have no options on your power source? Maybe you are against nuclear energy because of disaster concerns, but that’s the only plant that can provide your house or business with power, so you must buy it. Maybe you’re against coal plants because of environmental concerns? Too bad, you must buy it. Maybe you feel you’re paying too much for power. Too bad, you must buy it. Isn’t it time to increase our options? Why can’t a private firm build a competing plant and tie into the grid? Then you have the option of purchasing coal-powered electricity, solar-powered electricity, nuclear-powered electricity, or just the most financially sound option. Go to the grocery store, and you have 15 different brands of cereal to buy. Go home, and you have one option for power. This is wrong, and private industry can provide the options people want as well as helping to drive costs down as innovation becomes a factor.
Quick Takeaway: Increased options in the energy sector will bring about lower costs and more acceptable choices for the consumer.