Clean energy faces its own supply chain crisis
Solar panels above parking spaces at the QCells solar panel manufacturing plant in Dalton, Georgia, U.S., on Monday, May 3, 2021. | Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The future of energy in America will depend on whether the US can break free from its dependence on other countries that dominate clean energy supply chains. To reach the Biden administration’s energy and environmental goals, the US will have to dramatically scale up its mining and manufacturing, lawmakers argued today during a joint hearing of the House Energy Subcommittee and the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee. They also raised serious concerns about the US’s ability to do so.
“The sustainable economy of the future will definitely need to be built and manufactured. The question that remains to be seen is whether it will be manufactured by Americans,” said Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) in his opening statement.