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Is solar energy TOO cheap? Tariffs could kill 88,000 solar jobs

The US solar energy industry could lose a third of its workforce, or an estimated 88,000 jobs, if the US Government and the US International Trade Commission rules in favor of Suniva’s request for a tariff and price floor. By Joshua S Hill  Simply put, Suniva, a US manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells […]

June 17th

Congress is about to deregulate you to death

Republicans have complained for years about what they called “job killing” regulations. Since they care more about profits than people, they’re about to pass a suite of laws that will change that to the more egalitarian “killing regulations”. By Jeremy Bloom Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor because you’re in bad shape, and he […]

June 15th

Boom! 10% of US electricity from wind and solar in March

Doubt that wind and solar can ever provide a big percentage of US electric generation? For the first time ever, US wind and solar electricity generation exceeded 10% of the monthly total in March, according to figures published by the country’s Energy Information Agency this week. by Joshua S Hill  The EIA published a short […]

June 15th

BP energy report says coal is dead

If Trump does not believe the persistent reports that our world’s energy system is moving towards cleaner alternatives, here is yet more proof the world is going towards renewables and coal is dead – this time from one of the world’s top fossil energy companies. by Adam Johnston  BP’s recently released Statistical Review of World […]

June 15th

Support carbon pricing! …And maybe win a Tesla

Carbon Pricing is the best option for market-based approach to reducing our emissions to a safe level. Massachusetts could be a model for that – with a little help from you. By Zachary Shahan If you look at all the factors closely, solar energy, wind energy, electric cars, and other clean technologies are already better […]

June 14th

James Howard Kunstler – Going to financialization hell in a handbasket of deplorables

As our politicos creep deeper into a legalistic wilderness hunting for phantoms of Russian collusion, nobody pays attention to the most dangerous force in American life: the unraveling financialization of the economy. By James Howard Kunstler Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, […]

Tesla has supercharged plans for 2017

At the 2017 Annual Shareholder Meeting on June 6th, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided updates on just about every area of the business, which necessarily included the Tesla Model 3. The milestone vehicle will move into production next month. Shortly thereafter, the first customers will receive their Model 3s. The official unveiling will be followed at […]

Jerry Brown poses as ‘climate leader’ while he promotes fracking, Delta Tunnels

He’s a political genius when it comes to working media, since he’s convinced much of the state, national and international media that he’s a “climate leader” and “green governor” when Jerry Brown actually oversees some of the most environmentally devastating policies of any governor in recent California history. By Dan Bacher Responding to President Donald Trump’s […]

June 6th

Breakthrough Perovskite solar cell shows the cheap, clean energy future Trump would kill

Can Energy Secretary Rick Perry keep the stream of good news humming along, despite his boss’ bailing on the Paris climate agreement? Yesterday the Energy Department’s Ames National Laboratory had a very good report about one of our favorite topics, “coal killing” organometal halide perovskite solar cells. By Tina Casey  Coal-Killing Perovskite Solar Cells For those of […]

Conservatives call for free market solutions to climate change in wake of Paris Agreement

The president’s ill-conceived decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement strengthens the resolve of the Partnership for Responsible Growth and others committed to adoption of a carbon fee. We will continue to make our case on Capitol Hill and within the business community. As Americans deal with rising coastal waters, droughts, superstorms, forest fires, insect-borne […]