It appears to me that we have some doubletalk on the alternative energy front. On one hand we have the EPA which seems to be going after all the fossil fuel corporations in the energy sector, even taking their sweet time in approving new innovations and projects for clean-coal coal-fired electrical energy generation plants. Next, we have an unbelievable blockade of enforcement in our regulatory bodies preventing the inspectors and regulators from doing anything to inhibit any alternative energy project which has been slated.You’d think, with all of this wonderful interference and blocking by the government for the alternative energy sector, that they could surely run in for multiple touchdowns and win this game hands down. However that isn’t happening is it? Consider Solyndra, and all the other failed clean energy projects, which had been propped up and financed thanks to the taxpayer.There was an interesting article recently about President Obama’s new budget that he submitted to Congress in Government Executive Online posted on February 14, 2012 titled; “Budget reflects scaled-back vision for clean energy,” written by Coral Davenport of the National Journal. The article stated;”Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal asks Congress to increase spending on renewable-energy projects by about $500 million, the same amount the DOE lost on its loan guarantee for the bankrupt solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra. DOE’s increase takes renewables spending up to $2.3 billion – 2012 it was $1.8 billion. “In light of the tight discretionary spending caps, this increase in funding is significant and a testament to the importance of innovation and clean energy in the country’s economic future.”Okay so, I run a Think Tank and so, you are probably wondering what I think about all this. Well, let me start off by stating for the record that this is my “personal opinion” and not necessarily that of the rest of the tankers thinking here. It is my sincere belief that the United States government should fund and support pure research in all technology sectors. That would include clean-coal technology, and better ways of the efficiently getting at all of our natural resources that we need to keep our nation strong and economically fit.Inexpensive energy and abundant energy is good for America. It’s good for jobs, it helps our industries compete around the world, and there’s nothing wrong with it. We’ve been led to believe that since the United States produces quite a bit of energy in-house, that we are somehow bad for making it available to our citizens, merely because we produce more energy than other places.Energy is not evil and further, I would submit to you that lack of energy, and high cost of energy takes away from the pocketbook of the average citizen, making their lives tough. Don’t we care about Americans anymore, poor people who have a tough time paying their electric bills?What we need is a level playing field, where all types of energy can compete equally, and where the best energy that produces the most BTU for instance at the lowest cost (all costs considered, including the agreed upon environmental costs) is the one we should use. If that happens to be clean-coal, geothermal, Hydro, ocean wave, wind, nuclear, or solar, so be it. And we should be diversified enough not to put all our eggs in one basket either. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.