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Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels would need $6.5 billion taxpayer subsidy

By Dan Bacher Proponents of the giant Delta Tunnels claim that the project’s cost will be covered by the beneficiaries, but new documents reveal that project proponents could put the federal and state taxpayers on the hook for $6.5 billion in subsidies for the controversial water diversion proposal. Documents unveiled in a recent Public Records Act request from the California Department of Water Resources […]

September 16th

Romney panders to Iowa, changes mind on subsidies for renewables! (Sort of)

So, remember how Mitt Romney, the paragon of the free market, opposed subsidies for Wind Energy? Subsidies that helped the budding industry created thousands of jobs? Subsidies that were a bipartisan effort by Midwest Republicans and clean-energy-loving Democrats? Subsidies that, when Romney worked to block them, caused Iowa’s Republican Senator to say “Mitt Romney has […]

October 26th

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

Why big oil hates solar energy so much

It’s not just that solar energy is a competitor to big oil, coal, and gas – it’s that solar cuts into big oil’s biggest profit center. In arguing against solar, they’re always happy to tell you, “The sun doesn’t shine at night, heh heh heh.” But nighttime isn’t when extra power is needed. People are […]

June 12th

Finally: Wasteful corn ethanol subsidies ending

By Sasha Lyutse Natural Resources Defense Council I turn 30 this weekend. That means that for my whole life, the corn ethanol industry has been receiving federal subsidies. From the Energy Tax Act of 1978, which gave ethanol its first tax exemption, to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which put in place the Volumetric […]

December 26th

2011 year in review: Solar energy has a great year

WASHINGTON – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, today published the following review of the U.S. solar energy market in 2011: “In contrast to some of the recent headlines, the solar energy industry is a strong, thriving industry in the United States that is creating jobs and lowering costs for the consumer. […]

December 26th

Obama admin rejects GOP fishing expedition on Solyndra

Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent President Obama a subpoena – for every Executive Branch document having anything to do with Solyndra, from the beginning of the administration to the present. Today, the White House Council’s Office rejected that subpoena, calling it a “vast fishing expedition” and a “significant intrusion on Executive Branch […]

November 4th

The real reason Solyndra got government subsidies

  By Susan Kramer (Cross-posted from our sister blog, CleanTechnica) The Obama administration had set a goal, for the public good, of cutting solar costs to $1 a watt installed by 2016. The reason that the Obama Department of Energy invested $535 million in backing some of the private VC loans (which totaled $1 billion) […]

November 2nd

The Story of Broke explains Occupy Wall Street (teaser trailer)

What an amazing creative out-pouring we’ve seen over the past few weeks! Now the folks who brought us The Story of Stuff animated short film are in the final stages of preparing their explanation – and they’re program for a sustainable future.
The Story of Broke talks about the myth that America is out of money… pushed by the dinosaurs who have failed, but are too big to adapt and move on.
As they put it, “The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. …The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions…

October 20th

GOP says US can’t compete with China on clean energy

Stearns says considering the $30 billion China has sunk into solar subsidies, it’s too late for us. He wants us to put money in areas the US has a chance of winning. Nice move – we’re in the second inning of the World Series of solar, and Stearns wants us to throw up our hands and walk away.

October 4th