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How The Far Right Developed An Unlikely Interest In Solar Energy

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

Obama Signs Legislation To Expand U.S. Hydropower

August 12 -- President Barack Obama has signed legislation that will streamline the licensing process for small hydropower projects. The law is one lobbied for by suppliers of hydroelectric components, including West Manchester Township-based Voith Hydro. >>View Article

Weapons Might Not Be Our Ultimate Military Advantage

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

The Promise Of Advanced Biofuels

August 12 -- This week, the EPA announced that it was adjusting the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in order to reflect market realities. As originally proposed earlier this year, the rule called for 14 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, but the final rule sets a requirement for 6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol this year. >>View Article

Conservatives Are Starting To Get Behind Solar Power

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

Clean Energy Progress

August 12 -- We've come a long way since the Donora smog disaster south of Pittsburgh killed 20 people and sickened 7,000 in 1948. The Susquehanna is a little cleaner these days than it was back in 2005, when it was named America's most endangered river. >>View Article

A Clean-Car Boom

August 12 -- In a welcome development for the planet, the cars on American streets are becoming much more climate-friendly much sooner than many had expected. Consumers are increasingly buying fuel-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles thanks to breakthrough innovations and supportive government policies. >>View Article

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