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Fossil fuel dinosaurs need to adapt to the new energy climate or go extinct

By Meteor Blades The three-year-old fossil-fuel divestment movement, initiated by Bill McKibben and other climate activists, has been fairly successful at getting institutions—foundations, municipalities, universities and pension funds—to divest fossil fuels from their stock portfolios. In fact, 509 divesters have shed fossil-fuel investments worth an estimated $3.4 trillion. The latest example is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Although the […]

March 25th

NY launches $1.5 billion for solar energy

As the cleanup of hurricane Sandy continues along its battered coastline, NY is going green, getting serious about clean energy and climate change. Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $150 million per year in funding for the NY-Sun initiative, designed to quadruple customer-sited solar capacity in New York State. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), […]

January 10th

No More Solar Energy Act passes House

Actually, they’re calling this misbegotten piece of political theater the No More Solyndras Act, but it amounts to the same thing. Because one solar power company failed (mostly because subsidies for Chinese solar power companies dropped the price of solar to the point that they couldn’t make a profit), the GOP says there should be […]

September 14th

Despite Washington screw-ups, clean energy moves forward

Tea Party leaders like to paint clean energy and climate action as issues that matter only to elite Democrats living in coastal cities. This claim would come as a surprise to the 38,000 autoworkers building fuel efficient cars in Michigan, the 80 companies involved in the wind supply chain in Iowa, and the more than 100,000 Americans working in the solar industry across the nation.

October 5th

GOP’s Solyndra witch-hunt screws other solar programs

Why is the GOP trying to turn the bankruptcy of solar power company Solyndra into a big huge scandal? Sure, they want to embarrass the Obama administration, but more than that – it’s actually having real-world consequences for other solar projects.
The latest casualty: A project that would have installed solar roofs on military housing.

September 27th

House GOP plans new witch hunt over solar bankruptcy

Ed: It’s good for consumers when solar cell prices go down, but it makes it harder for solar manufacturers to turn a profit. With solar prices dropping 30% in the current recession, solar company Solyndra, a recipient of a large chunk of stimulus cash, nevertheless went bankrupt last week… and now House Republicans want to […]

September 9th