I know Yergin raises some folks hackles...Here's Environmental Capital on the CERA report:
...What CERA is saying is that this new-energy market, while small, should get more government help to grow. Traditionally, oil companies have often argued that the fact that renewable energy depends on government mandates and subsidies means it’s little more than an expensive dalliance. The CERA report also notes these technologies wouldn’t be around without government fiats and handouts. But then it argues for more of both.
“Putting a price on CO2 emissions, setting mandates, and providing subsidies all work to kick-start and sustain many clean energy technologies,” CERA says in its report, the findings of which CERA released publicly this month. The goal, CERA says, should be to structure subsidies so they ensure “that these technologies get off the drawing board and are able to wean themselves from the support” as they grow.
How to do that will be big debate. But it’s a different debate than the traditional one: whether the government should push clean-energy technologies in the first place.
Here's the first comment on the EC post:
Comment by - February 25, 2008 at 1:46 pm
We promise, no more self-reverential posting today.
"We've turned into quite the little braggart, eh Mr. Analyst?"
"I know, I know, em-phasis on the first two syl-lables"