Author: Jeremy Bloom

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Rick Perry’s Energy Department plans to prop up coal plants with direct subsidies

In a blatant money-grab for the coal industry, Rick Perry’s Energy Department is pushing for direct subsidies to dirty, un-economical coal-fired power plants. So much for “The government shouldn’t pick winners and losers”. So much for “Let market forces decide”. By Jeremy Bloom Ironically, after years of environmentalists urging that the true cost of fuels be […]

September 29th

US solar industry could be devastated by todays trade ruling – crushing tariffs could follow

Are solar cells too cheap? That’s what the US International Trade Commission effectively ruled Friday, granting bankrupt US manufacturers SolarWorld and Suniva’s petition for relief from cheaper imported solar panels. Next, they’ll deliberate a remedy, which would likely mean job-crushing tariffs. The solar industry says that with the price of panels jacked up, hundreds of projects would be canceled […]

September 22nd

Nathan Fillion gets his spaceship, as Arcimoto’s revolutionary EV “Fun Utility Vehicle” wraps up a successful IPO

With just days to go in their Initial Public Stock Offering, we caught up with Arcimoto founder Mark Frohnmayer to talk about the IPO, the future of electric and autonomous vehicles, and how he is trying to revolutionize transportation with a fundamentally more efficient platform. And also a more fun platform. When TV actor Nathan […]

September 14th

Trump admin bans the words “Climate Change”, replaces with Orwellian double-speak

In a bold new strategy (as revealed in the Guardian), the U.S. Department of Agriculture—guardians of the planet’s richest farmlands—has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words. Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate […]

September 7th

Amendment to ELIMINATE Amtrak voted down in US House

Why does the GOP hate Amtrak? Maybe because in small talls across rural America – the deep red American heartland – Amtrak is the most visible government program (well, after farm subsidies). But unlike farm subsidies (and highway subsidies, and oil subsidies), Republicans hate rail subsidies. But when push came to shove in Congress late last […]

September 7th

GOP wants to speed Hurricane Harvey relief to Gulf Coast. But Trump’s budget cuts would hurt recovery in the long run

Well, Hallefriggin’lujah. Our nation’s usually austerity-minded Republicans—except when it’s a pet project, subsidies for some favored commercial enterprise, or the Pentagon—are saying they plan to take action as early as next week in passing a $5.9 billion spending bill to cover the immediate costs of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey’s deluge delivered to the Gulf Coast […]

September 1st

Trump admin won’t eliminate national monuments (but Bears Ears still on the chopping block)

We don’t have an official release yet, but word is that NONE of the 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration will be completely eliminated. But that was always an extreme option, probably tossed out there as a smokescreen to let Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke give away millions of acres to his millionaire […]

August 24th

Trade war over solar panels comes one step closer

Hearings for the much-hyped and controversial Section 201 trade case filed with the US International Trade Commission by Suniva and SolarWorld began this week, further raising fears that if Donald Trump is brought into the equation, tarrifs could be slapped on solar panels and the US solar industry may suffer. By Joshua S Hill  The first […]

August 19th