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Solar Energy: Bridging the Party Gap

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As we’re getting closer to Election Day, it’s a good time to reflect. We see democrats and republicans (or at least two specific democrats and republicans…) seemingly at each other’s throats – name calling, bad mouthing, and generally being poor sports. At a time like this, when the political situation is somewhat dire and it looks like these two sides will never be able to agree on anything, there’s one topic that republicans and democrats, at least in the general public, agree widely on – solar energy!

Numerous polls have found that regardless of political leanings, all Americans simply love solar energy and want to see it expanded in the future. Polls in 2012, 2014 and now a recent Pew Research Poll in 2016 continue to have the same results – that people just love solar.Continue reading

Trump vs. Clinton on Renewable Energy

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It’s not surprising that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t see eye-to-eye on dozens of issues, but the 2016 election presidential candidates have adopted completely opposite renewable energy strategies.

Perhaps the best way to approach this issue is to start with Trump’s now-infamous 2012 tweet stating that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.

When Clinton made mention of this during this year’s first presidential debate, Trump interjected (in a fashion that ruled the entire event) – “I did not, I do not say that.”Continue reading

3 Reasons the Solar Powered Car is The Next Big Thing

The solar powered car could be the future. Adopting a solar electric lifestyle makes sense on many levels – including boosting your cash flow and becoming independent from volatile gas prices.

You may have heard that solar energy and electric cars are a match made in heaven. With his announcement of the SolarCity and Tesla Motors merger, Elon Musk has made it clear that the solar powered car is to solar power what peanut butter is to jam.

In fact, if you’ve already covered your roof with solar panels, you may have started thinking about buying an electric car (also known a plug-in electric vehicle). And here’s why your intuitions serve you right.

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China’s Clean Energy Switch Already Slowing Climate Change

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What China is doing about energy is already having a measurable effect on global greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2015, the first evidence of the Beijing government’s determination to reduce carbon emissions  may have been seen globally, as it continued an unprecedented increase in carbon-free energy substitutions and cut coal use by a full third in just a year.

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South Africa: The Continent’s First Solar-Powered Airport

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With the launch of a clean energy project, Africa’s first solar-powered airport has opened up in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

This is a first for the continent, following the launch of a solar-powered soccer field in Lagos, Nigeria, also the first of its kind in Africa, thanks to Pavegen– an innovative clean tech company headquartered in London, England.

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International Consortium to Cut Carbon to 2 Tons Per Capita

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In Under2MOU, a consortium worth $4.5 trillion pledged to achieve an under 2 degree temperature rise by cutting carbon to 2 tons per capita.

Initially, a concentrated nucleus of 12 densely populated progressive cities and regions got together at COP21 in Paris and founded the Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding. Under2MOU began with just sub-national governments representing more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people.

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World’s Oldest Solar Nation Turns Three

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Three years ago, Tokelau made a huge change.

They ditched their diesel generators and have been successfully running on solar ever since.

Small Pacific islands, like Tokelau, with its tiny population of just 1,500 souls, are generally dependent on the most expensive and dirty – and unreliable energy there is.

With so few people living in such isolated islands, their choices have been limited to diesel generators.

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Elon Musk Joins Calls For Global Carbon Tax

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As the climate negotiations continue in Paris, Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk has joined a chorus of calls for a carbon tax.

Musk is not alone. The climate scientist Jim Hansen also believes that a global carbon tax is the most effective policy driver of a clean energy economy.

The idea is that only a carbon tax will accelerate the move to a clean powered economy. Similar to the tax on cigarettes but not on fruits and vegetables, this would be a revenue-neutral tax; ie, taxes would be lowered elsewhere in the economy so that government treasuries would receive the same as they do now.

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House Democrats Propose 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has just offered a House Resolution to fight climate change with 100% renewable energy by 2050.

With this Resolution, the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced a House Resolution setting moving to a clean energy-powered economy as a national priority.

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