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Does Alabama have a problem with renewable energy? More and more experts are claiming that it does. These impacts go far beyond the state's care of their natural environment, it now looks as though Alabama's refusal to support new forms of renewable energy is a contributing factor in their overall declining economy.

The Necessity for Developing Renewable Energy

Although experts have different theories about the idea of "peak oil", there's no doubt that cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy will be necessary to ensure our very survival in the future. Despite an overwhelming array of data explaining the need to explore alternative sources of energy, there are many holdouts even within the United States. Alabama is one of the most notable states in their unwillingness to support renewable energy.

Alabama and Renewable Energy: An Uneasy History

There is now compelling evidence to suggest that, not only does Alabama not invest in renewable energy, they are actually making it harder for companies to utilize clean sources of energy.

Has Alabama always had a hostile attitude toward renewable energy? It seems so--many vocal critics complain that several Alabama politicians have been putting politics ahead of common sense for decades. Alabama, in fact, is notable as one of the only state that has never put forward any measures to invest in solar or wind power--despite the geographic and climate of the state making it an almost ideal candidate for both of these sustainable energy sources.

For years, Alabama has all but refused to accept and support new forms of renewable energy has been leading to a declining economy. While the state isn't alone in it's refusal to adopt this new technology, their economy has been hardest hit by this unwillingness to adapt to a changing energy market.

How This Affects Alabama's Economy

Alabama has one of the worst economies in the United States--at the time this was written, they ranked 44th. While it would be pretty myopic to claim that this is entirely due to their complete lack of renewable energy job investment, there are reasons to believe that this is a significant factor in the overall lethargy of their economy over the last three decades.

Consider this: America's economy has been slowly gaining strength in the last few years, with renewable energy representing one of the biggest areas of growth. By essentially reamaining "closed for business" when it comes to alternative energy sources, Alabama has cut itself of from one of the industries that could provide relief for their especially dismal economic outlook.

Manufacturing Renewable Energy Components: A Glimmer of Hope for Alabama?

There are currently fifteen businesses throughout Alabama that manufacture the *components* for solar and wind power. Granted, this is different than a state-wide acceptance of renewable energy, but it may represent a growing trend in Alabama (no matter how slowly it may be growing).

Thankfully, a few other states throughout the South have made strides in their support of renewable energies, despite being latecomers to the renewable energy game. If their success stories are any indication, maybe within a few years we won't have to write pieces like this--at least, not about the state of Alabama.