Where's the federal government's green plan?

Now that the IT industry has gone ga-ga over green technology, it makes me wonder where the heck Uncle Sam is in this process.

When I bought my 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, I realized that I was only going to achieve incrementally improved gas mileage. Nevertheless, I made the plunge because: 1) It felt good to do so, and 2) I knew that I would be getting a fat tax credit from the IRS.

Now that the IT industry has gone ga-ga over green technology, it makes me wonder where the heck Uncle Sam is in this process. Green is good for the environment, but it ain't free. Lots of large companies want to invest in green IT (and other green initiatives) but altruism alone won't get the job done. Businesses need good old ROI before parting with their dough.

Given the fact that taxpayers are receiving a rebate this year in order to stimulate the economy, isn't it time that the federal government steps up with some tax breaks for green initiatives? This could certainly benefit the IT industry, which I admit is a selfish rationale, but I'll feel a bit better about myself when the air is a bit cleaner and we begin to free ourselves from our $100-a-barrel oil habit.

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    Jon Oltsik is a senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. He is not an employee of CNET.

     

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