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China is Taking Climate Change Seriously.  Is the U.S.?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 24, 2016 9:26:31 AM

In its recently unveiled 13th Five-Year Plan, China has set aggressive targets to solve its pressing environmental problems, including air pollution, water conservation, responsible urban growth, clean transportation, and renewables.  It’s a pleasant surprise that China is taking climate change so seriously.  Can the U.S. keep up?

Marco Rubio was dead wrong.  I suppose that blasting him for things he said while on the campaign trail is futile at this point, but I can’t help but vigorously refute a statement that he made in the last Republican debate—that the U.S. shouldn’t engage in any meaningful climate action because the planet is constantly changing (which is true), that China and India are ruining the environment (also true), and that, since everyone else is polluting and acting irresponsibly, anything we do is pointless because we’re all going to hell in a handbasket (unequivocally not true).

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Solar Update: Did Nevada’s Governor Steal the Sunshine?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 28, 2016 10:34:14 AM

Nevada’s Public Utility Commission decisively put the kibosh on solar by capping net metering, imposing higher fees, and reducing credits for solar-powered homes and businesses.

The Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC), in conjunction with Governor Brian Sandoval and the State Legislature, approved new rules last month that cap net metering credits and impose monthly fees on solar rooftop systems, dramatically reducing the financial benefit of solar and negatively affecting approximately 18,000 existing solar customers.

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Solar and Wind Liberated

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 22, 2015 1:05:38 PM

In an amazingly bipartisan move, Congress just ensured the steady growth of wind and solar through 2021.

It’s astounding what Congress members can accomplish when they find that it’s in their best interest to cooperate. In order to ensure smooth sailing (at least on the budget front) until the 2016 election, Congress just passed a spending bill with none of the drama or tumult that has become its status quo. And, better yet, that spending bill promises to unleash the potential of solar and wind in our country as viable, cost-effective clean energy sources.

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Solar Canada 2015 Highlights

Posted by Kathy Zoeller, Guest Contributor

Dec 5, 2015 3:08:00 PM

December 7th & 8th Program Highlights

Canada is focusing more on renewable energy in an effort to lower greenhouse gases and utilize more renewable sources of energy. Next Monday, December 7 & Tuesday, December 8, thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from around the world will come together at  Solar Canada 2015, Canada’s largest solar energy trade show and conference at the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Center.

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The Outrageous War on Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2015 9:24:00 AM

Fossil fuel interests are waging a shady war on solar through backroom transactions and bootleg deals.  How long will they be able to rig the game?

84% of U.S. voters are in favor of “taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy”, but major fossil fuel interests don’t care as long as their profits are at stake.

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