The solar panel company loan-bancrupcy issue. Now, it is important, perhaps imperative that we deviate away from the dependency on fossil fuels which are bound to run out eventually, and hence seek renewable alternatives. However, it’s not like the fossil fuels are going to run out tomorrow, and so you don’t pool all of the nation’s resources behind this cause to prop up and subsidize the flegling companies, especially if besides the government buyers, there’s no market for their product. Afterall, we live in the age of fullfillment of Clinton’s dream of a thriving global economy, hence the Western solar panels won’t stand up to the competition from the Chinese-made equivalents. Not at all because they’re inferior in quality or in manufacturing process, but they’re less cost effective due to a wage disparity.
Since we won’t run out of the fossil fuels tomorrow, but only gradually as we recede past and beyond the peak oil phase, why not move away from non-renewable to renewable dependency gradually, as the latter hypothetically become more efficient when hypothetically the technology improves driving efficiency up and costs down, but until then the diminishing oil supply has to be substituted and supplemented with other non-renewables such as coal (most of it currently exported to China - look up Pennsylvania, West Virginia), natural/shale gas and uranium. This may be viewed as a step back rather than progress, but there is no magic bullet yet that will kill our fossil fuel dependency given the current technological limitations.
Moreover, half a billion down the drain, just like that, like it was nothing. So why would you free all the detained non-violent illegals at the same time using the argument of no moneys in the gov’t purse? But hold on, the solar panel lobbying is a cute issue easily pampered and gratified in the media, while border protection stinks of controversy, may cost votes, too much responsibility. Moreover, embracing the Green movement no matter what cost gives you an upper moral edge, just like embracing immigration. Rewardingly, itt adds you this humanitarian, religious, divine dimension, and you can then expand your ranks/gov’t in the name of nurturing righteousness since you stand up for a right cause, no matter how misguided, naive or perhaps even selfish your approach may be. You can then address the public from this higher moral platform. So in retrospect nowadays, you assign priorities and resources according to cuteness, media appeal and political convenience.