Keeping it clean

Congress should protect a grant program that funds renewable energy facilities. Those hoping that a Democratic Congress and administration would make progress on clean energy this year have been deeply disappointed. Not only was the House’s cap-and-trade climate bill crushed in the Senate by unified GOP opposition, but even a modest bipartisan effort to set a national standard for renewable power generation fell by the wayside. Now, one of the federal government’s few existing clean energy programs — grants for wind and solar developers approved as part of the 2009 stimulus package — may end in the coming weeks unless the lame-duck Congress acts.

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Keeping it clean