One thing I like about the French is the fiercely independent stances they take on important matters. They tend not to ask permission, but rather to use their own wits and take tough positions on key matters.
As one might expect, energy policy a perfect example of this characteristic in action. I don’t recall the French soliciting world opinion when they went big with nuclear in the 20th Century. And here they are, making long-term policies on renewables that will act as firm commitments, enabling everyone: investors, developers, and private citizens to be a part of a plan that will span decades, and ultimately take France to what I have long predicted will be a position of world leadership in this space.
The fact that the U.S. doesn’t have an energy policy is disgusting. Big Energy owns our Congress, and thus we can expect an indefinite continuation of the status quo: a playing field that favors fossil fuels, with an ongoing sprinkling of confusing, on-again/off-again legislation to bring waves of intermittent hope and despair to clean energy. It’s revolting.
In the meanwhile, France boldly and confidently charts its course of commitment and responsibility.
Now, if I could just get those Parisians to treat me a bit better, I’d be a true Francophile.