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Averting the clean-tech bust

Not only was it foreseeable, many foresaw it and actively talked about it. But now the boom in stimulus spending in the United States has come to an end, and it coincides with a brutal fiscal hangover, bitter election-year partisanship and the looming lapse of subsidies for clean energy deployment. The result is a collapse in federal support for clean energy technologies at a time when the industry is struggling in the face of cheap natural gas and tough competition from China. 

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