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I concur that you have accurately framed the discussion as belief vs. facts. The facts that argue for a lack of an unsubsidized economic and environmental viability for PV have deterred the belief that PV is (without subsidies) an investable technology. Therefore we enter the political arena of supplanting investment with subsidies which distribute the income from nonbeneficiaries (largely lower income taxpayers) to the individuals and businesses best positioned to profitably influence public policies and government earmarks. While there may be some ultimate societal, environmental and economic benefits to the population at large when subsidies are directed towards encouraging promising but risky and expensive R&D, propping up a mature industry which shows no promise of emerging as an unsubsidized economic front runner only exacerbates the real problem (energy availability) and redistributes wealth in a meritless manner.
Affordable energy is a vital component of human health and welfare. Increasing energy costs without compensatory environmental and social benefits while placing those increased costs onto those least benefited and least able to pay creates neither a just society nor a sound technological infrastructure. Again, we do not have a crisis rooted in fact but one nourished by mythology.
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