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Al Gore: Praying Obama Stays in the White House

Al Gore: Praying Obama Stays in the White House

In a sit-down interview with TakePart, former Vice President Al Gore says he “would fear for the future of our environmental policy” if Mitt Romney were elected President in November. Gore’s comments were taped in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 21, two days before the presumptive GOP presidential nominee unveiled his energy plan, which many


Mitt Romney Loves Fossil Fuels

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s “new” energy plan, relies on 19th century fossil fuel technology. It is but the latest incarnation of a longstanding Republican obsession with oil and gas. Romney’s energy strategy is reliant on Canada’s environmentally disastrous tar sands. He wants to expedite the Keystone XL pipeline, reduce regulations on hydraulic fracturing and ease the permitting process for offshore


GE Drops ALEC Membership

Six more major companies are cancelling their American Legislative Council membership (ALEC), bringing the new total to 38. The latest to abandon the controversial right-wing lobbying group and let their memberships lapse include technology company General Electric, financial services giant The Western Union Company, wireless telecommunications carrier Sprint Nextel Corporation, software developer Symantec Corporation, consumer


Mitt Romney Announces Energy Policy

Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney is on the campaign trail with an environmental agenda in mind. He is laying out a series of policies today, centred on achieving energy independence by 2020. Romney hopes to do this by pursuing a sharp increase in oil and natural gas production on federal lands. The Republican hopes to


Election 2012: Obama (Wind) vs. Romney (Coal)

The election of 2012 offers the stark contrast between fossil fuels like coal and clean renewable energy. Obama Supports wind power while Romney supports energy derived from coal. Each candidate offers a different conception of America’s energy future. Romney wants to see even more fossil fuel being burned while Obama wants to grow renewable sources


“The Secret to Solar Power” from the NYT Times Magazine

If you haven’t read the Sunday New York Times Magazine piece, “The Secret to Solar Power,” we strongly recommend that you check it out, as it’s an important one for the industry.  Among other things, it pushes back on critics of clean energy, who often brush the whole industry with a broad, “Solyndra” brush. It


Clean Energy Revolution Highlighted in Time Magzine

Over the past few days, there’s been a lot of talk by leading political figures – speaking in bellwether, “swing states” like Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa – about the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind. More broadly, the discussion has revolved around the economic potential for clean energy development in those states, as well as


We Need Future Energy Now!

“Leopards and elephants often wander in…”says the manager of a tea plantation in India, left in the dark without electricity after the near total collapse of India’s electric grid.  Trains stopped, miners were stuck underground, traffic lights went out, and homes and businesses were left without electricity.  It was the world’s largest blackout, affecting more


Wind Tax Credits: Obama vs. Romney

Debate over the looming expiration of the US wind production tax credit gusted through Washington, D.C., this week with Senate Democrats calling for a one-year extension of the incentive. The legislation unveiled by the Senate Finance Committee as part of a broader tax extension package has a long way to go before it becomes official.


SolarStrong: Alive and Kicking

Last year, SolarCity partnered with U.S. Renewables Group Renewable Finance and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a $1 billion effort to solarize military housing across the U.S. It’s making progress and surging ahead with new projects at sites owned and managed by Lend Lease. On July 17 SolarCity announced that it is partnered with


Amonix Closes Nevada Factory

After the recent news of Amonix closing its North Las Vegas, NV factory and the other bad news from Amonix, I am returning to my practice of labeling concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) “The zero-billion-dollar market.” I had shelved that phrase, and in a rare instance of optimism, had tried to be patient and understanding with PV’s


Mitt Romney: He Flip Flops on Environmental Issues, Too

In Part 1 of this series, we explored the overall environmental issues that are facing the U.S., mostly as a part of coordinated attacks by politicians in Washington. In the next few articles, we’ll take a look at what each candidate has said or done in regards to both environmental and energy issues. At this


RIP: Abound Solar

The DOE confirmed that Abound will be closing its doors and declaring bankruptcy next weekin a posting on its website today. The post noted, “Because of the strong protections we put in place for taxpayers, the Department has already protected more than 80 percent of the original loan amount. Once the bankruptcy liquidation is complete,


The SunShot Prize Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy is focusing on making solar power an affordable and viable option for homeowners by implementing new funding programs and competition in the industry. The latest development is called SunShot Prize, or “America’s Most Affordable Rooftop Solar Competition”, which will award a combined $10 million to the top three teams who can install 5,000