Not that I'm completely disagreeing with you, but I am disagreeing with your argument.Don't have time for infinity today.
Capitalism in a mixed economy world.
Chinese: Let's see, if we we put the Americans out of business, then we will make all the pie, and they will have to buy it. We will be rich.
Americans: If American companies can't compete without government help, then so be it.
Om: Shakes head.
Germans: Ver are allen our marks goings? hmmm... [skratches zee heades]
Americans: Let the world economy be free!
Germans: Zee veld ekonomees ist nicht fry, und it's nicht fair, und it's not nice eezer. Let's do zumzing
Om: skratchez hiz kopf
Om: skratchez hiz kopf ein zekund time
$439,342,000,000.00 <-- Cost of US imported petroleum products last year(page -->bea.gov xls zip file)
$____641,000,000.00 <-- Cost to US taxpayers for the 3 bankrupt solar companies(fox news)
439.342/0.641 = 685
So we export 685 times as much money for oil than we spend on defunct solar companies.
Seems like that could be a bit "taxing" on our economy if that keeps up.
Oh wait, it has been.
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You can't compare oil vs solar panels. Most cars don't run on electricity. They run on gas. Most electricity in the US is not produced from oil. Further oil has other uses such as in making rubber, plastics and fertilizers that can't be replaced by adding electricity via solar panels.
IMO oil should be counted on its own with very little comparable to other sources of energy.