The Social and Economic Impacts of Clean Energy Technology Exportation

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1998 Solar Shipments by RegionClean energy technology has rapidly expanded and changed dramatically in the last decade. While wide scale production of clean energy is possible, economic developments globally make development and production uneven in different regions. This paper explores several cases where clean energy production is exported from Western countries to Eastern countries. In all these cases, local taxpayer dollars and jobs were lost locally, though the technology production is manufactured more efficiently and at a lower cost. This paper examines the condundrum for Western governments seeking to provide both an economically feasible source of energy and jobs producing the clean energy gear.

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