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August 13 -- From the day in 1986 when president Ronald Reagan pulled down the solar array that had sat briefly atop the White House, conservative politicians in the US and elsewhere have had a growing antipathy towards renewables. Many conservatives, particularly those on the far right, simply refuse to believe solar can play a useful role in modern energy systems, and paint it as an unwarranted extension of government regulation. >>View Article

August 12 -- Seventy-one years ago this month, the Nazi army began its attack on Stalingrad. After more than six long months of grueling warfare that left the city in shambles and claimed the lives of more than 1.5 million people, the Soviet Army turned back the Nazis and swung the fate of the Second World War. But why did these armies continue to fight with such zealous fervor after the city was nothing but a pile of rubble and its strategic assets were in shambles? >>View Article

August 12 -- There is such thing as a green Tea Partyer. Over at the Huffington Post, Seth Shulman draws attention to a truly surprising thing that happened last month in Georgia: An all-Republican commission of state regulators voted to expand the use of solar power. >>View Article

August 9 -- Michael and Sandra Wade had enjoyed lower utility bills thanks to a solar water heater on the roof of a home in Fort Mill. So, when they moved to Charlotte a year and a half ago, they investigated solar options for the new place. >>View Article

August 9 -- According to Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, renewables are successful in Germany and not in the U.S. because Germany has “got a lot more sun than we do.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded during her now-infamous flub, “but here on the East Coast, it’s just not going to work.” (She recanted the next day while adding new errors.) >>View Article

Friday, 09 August 2013 16:51

Renewables: A Rising Power

August 9 -- When Ricard Jornet opened his organic beachside restaurant outside Barcelona in 2007, he was determined to power it with the solar panels the Spanish government was then lavishly subsidising. >>View Article

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 14:48

Gosar Defends Solar Tax Incentives

July 30 -- U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar mopped his brow as he strolled past a line of upturned solar cells baking in the afternoon sun. The Republican congressman, a proponent of shrinking government spending, was nonetheless touting the benefits of federal tax incentives for renewable energy. >>View Article

Monday, 29 July 2013 13:59

The Sun State

July 29 -- Looking for a fun diversion on a sunny summer afternoon? If you live in Boston, check out the city’s online solar map, which shows the solar power projects, large and small, that have been installed throughout the city. You’ll be astonished, as I was, to see how many of your workaday neighbors have gone solar — and not just in the city’s urban hipster quarters. The Renew Boston website includes an interactive tool that lets you estimate how much solar potential is on your own roof, and how much money (not to mention greenhouse gas and toxic particulate matter) you could save by making the switch. >>View Article

Friday, 26 July 2013 18:54

States Take A Shine To Solar Energy

July 26 -- The USA has tripled its solar-power-generating capacity since 2010 and increased it tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the non-profit advocacy group Environment America. >>View Article

July 24 -- A dozen states are leading the way on solar energy policy — what can the other 38 learn from them to reap the benefits? >>View Article

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