The U.S. is in danger of lagging further behind China and other countries in clean energy unless it adopts a national renewable portfolio standard, writes Billy Parish, president of clean-energy investment platform Mosaic. California has set a 33% renewable-energy goal by 2020, while China's goal is 15% by 2020. President Barack Obama has urged Congress to adopt an 80% standard by 2035, but no legislation promoting the plan has been put forth, Parish writes. A study found that "the average American would be willing to pay $162 more per year in energy costs for a standard that would get the country to 80 percent clean energy by 2035," he writes.

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