Groene economie VS wint samen met Obama

AMSTERDAM – De groene economie in de VS heeft een steun in de rug gekregen met de verkiezingsoverwinning van de Amerikaanse presidentskandidaat Barack Obama.

De sector heeft de steun nodig. Bedrijven in zonne-energie vallen bij bosjes om en de windsector staat op instorten door het wegvallen van de PTC, de production tax credit, voor windenergie.

Obama heeft altijd groene energie gepromoot, terwijl de Republikeinse presidentskandidaat Mitt Romney een uitgesproken tegenstander van staatssteun voor groene energie is. Romney heeft eerder al gezegd dat het beleid van Obama alleen maar voor rampen heeft gezorgd.

Windsector in de VS

Romney wilde onder andere de PTC niet verlengen. “Als je dat soort steun terugtrekt gaan er banen verloren”, zo benadrukt een analist tegenover persbureau Bloomberg. “De windsector in de VS is substantieel gegroeid en veel daarvan is te danken aan de PTC.”

Eind dit jaar gaan er 18 miljard dollar aan energiegerelateerde subsidies vervallen. Als deze niet worden verlengd staat er een enorm banenverlies op het spel voor de sector.

Schone-energiesector

Er werken nu ruim 180.000 Amerikanen in de schone-energiesector. Sinds 2009 is er 90 miljard dollar uitgegeven om deze sector in stand te houden.

Of onder andere de PTC wordt verlengd door de herverkiezing van Obama staat niet vast. Het Amerikaanse Congres moet hier ook goedkeuring aangeven waar de Republikeinen een meerderhei hebben in het Huis van Afgevaardigden.

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