Ryan Newlon Posted over 2 years ago Does a catastrophic event need to occur, for people to demand cleaner energy? Combustion engines have been used for a long time and are quite efficient. It is a hard resource to replace. It is also hard to fund these types of programs especially in the current economic climate. Research is very costly and right now the fund are hard to find. There are also issues with initial costs to consumers of said product. Increasing efficiency of solar power is difficult. In order to increase the efficiency I would think we would need to find a better compound to absord the energy, but is also cost effective. That is a very hard thing. We have to be careful not to over simplify such an issue. Sometimes progress can be really slow until there is something that allows for a boom. It is really hard to put a value on how fast this is moving because combustion engines are a completely different animal. I will say greed is a big issue in this as well. Big oil has the money and resources. Without being an expert on clean energy and the science behind said energy it is hard to make a judgement. Yes it was a side note in the debates because one very big issue that was hammered on was the economy. Most of the green energy companies, which we invested billions in accross the board, have either failed or on the verge of failure. With so many suffering and asking the government to do more without raising taxes it is even more difficult to justify. Not to say its not a worthy cause but its definitely a hard sell.