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Solar Wakeup: Top 5 Anti-Solar Policy Tricks

Yann Brandt, solar entrepreneur and proprietor of SolarWakeup.com (if you’re not receiving his daily wrap-up of news from around the solar industry in your inbox, shame on you), wrote this original piece for his website. When I saw it, I immediately demanded he let me post it here. Thankfully, he acceded to my request: By Yann Brandt, Managing […]

April 18th

Paula Mints: Will The Tariff Wars Ever End?

Paula Mints is one of the top market researchers in the country whose insights are sharp and incisive. She is also the founder and chief market research analyst for SPV  Market Research. In this post, she says the trade wars currently raging in the solar industry must stop — or the long-term damage to the industry may be irreparable. […]

April 6th

We Love Solar So Much That We Want To Smother It

We all know those parents, hovering just out of sight, keeping an eye on every move their children make, offering unsolicited advice and generally trying to keep control of everything — all in the name of “love.” The utilities have studied that behavior and decided to go all-in with it, with a much more sinister goal: to […]

April 1st

Sane conservatives want to end climate denial and do something about dirty energy

George Mason University announced today the formation of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (E&EI), a nationwide public engagement campaign led by former Congressman Bob Inglis that will explore and promote conservative solutions to America’s energy and climate challenges. E&EI will operate from Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication (4C). The initiative, according to its mission, will […]

July 10th

Most people applaud California’s marine protection

By Jennifer Savage The Ocean Conservancy California made history today when the Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt a network of Marine Protected Areas for northern California. The vote marks the completion of the United States’ first statewide network of underwater parks, protecting California’s most iconic coastal waters and sea life, from rockfish and razor […]

June 14th

California’s ocean protection extended to North Coast

The California Fish and Game Commission on June 6 adopted regulations for the North Coast marine protected areas (MPAs) created under the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Commissioners Michael Sutton, Richard Rogers and Jack Baylis voted 3 to 0 to approve the regulations covering approximately 1,027 square miles of state waters from the […]

June 8th

David Brin: What can we do about the GOP war on science?

By David Brin . Increasingly, scientific consensus is failing to influence public policy. Facts, statistics and data appear insufficient to change highly politicized minds… and science has started scrutinizing why.Alas now, this topic inevitably devolves down to our screwy American politics. And while (as I avow repeatedly) every political wing has its anti-science flakes, growing mountains of evidence […]

March 12th

A Primer on Supply-Side vs Demand-Side Economics

By David Brin Russ Daggatt’s latest missive discusses whether the Stimulus Bill has had good effects.  His analysis is well worth perusing… and spreading the link. My own take on things is more abstract. So let’s step back and examine how Democrats and Republicans have become identified with two quite opposite economic theories. We’ll start with the Republicans, […]

February 5th

Did factory farms spread deadly disease to West Coast salmon?

For the first time ever, scientists have uncovered the presence of infectious salmon anemia, a deadly virus that has devastated farmed fish in Chile, in wild salmon populations on the West Coast. This news arrived at a time when the Obama administration is fast-tracking the approval of genetically engineered Atlantic salmon, promoting environmental destructive corporate […]

October 20th

How green was Obama’s jobs speech?

Well, he talked the talk. But when it comes to the environment, will President Obama be able to walk the walk? His jobs plan won’t do as much for the environment as earlier programs like tax credits for home solar and wind power installations.

September 8th

Obama’s jobs plan: Looking for the green

Here’s an overview of the details of President Obama’s jobs bill.

There isn’t much that has a green component… Some are more directly green, such as money to renovate schools that will include energy-saving insulation. Some of them are more of a stretch…

September 8th