Debating the value of green subsidies

Debating the value of green subsidies

Summary: At a Churchill Club event in Menlo Park, Calif., Ira Ehrenpreis of Technology Partners moderates a discussion on the role of government in subsidizing green-technology ventures. The panelists are Mike Biddle, CEO at MBA Polymers; Jennifer Fonstad, managing director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Dirk Michels, partner at K&L Gates; and John Woolard, CEO of BrightSource Energy.

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Topics: Government US, Banking, CXO, Enterprise Software, Government, Software

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  • It pisses me off!

    I hate when a bunch of so called "innovators",
    people building businesses thinking they
    understand market forces start claiming the government should TAX another company
    DIFFERENTLY because its "not fair". Thats
    bullshit.

    Yes, we need to cut down on pollution
    Yes, we need to be thrifty with are resources
    Yes, we need to find ways to encourage growth
    in companies that support moral use of our
    planet

    NO! THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE INVOLVED IN
    THAT SENSE!

    When has a government NOT screwed up something
    it meddled with. Sure it might work short term,
    give us some money so we can jump start our
    business, take money away from the competition
    so we can compete.

    Thats cheating, and a cheat is ALWAYS a FAIL!

    (And not all "green" companies or products are
    ACTUALLY green. Most of them just shift the
    burden from one market to another. The prius is
    one of them. Anyone buying a Prius to "save the
    environment" didn't do their homework and has
    added an increase to the so called "carbon
    footprint")

    (and the "carbon footprint" is just a political
    rally point anyways and really should not be
    used by people who REALLY care about their
    environment.)
    shadfurman