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A positive energy vision for the future, from Amory Lovins

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. On Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry issued a "positive" video highlighting his environmentally disastrous energy policy: Drill more, mine more, burn more. Michele Bachmann, another candidate who has proposed opening the Florida Everglades to offshore oil drilling, said of Perry's plan: "I appreciate you endorsing my energy ideas." All the leading Republican candidates might as well be endorsing each others' plans. Except for centrist Jon Huntsman, they are all calling for a shutdown of the Environmental Protection Agency, a rollback of environmental regulations, a repeal of renewable energy programs, and a drill-everywhere-burn-everything-under-the-ground approach. Where's the …

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Are we in a solar trade war with China?

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. Concerns about China's support of domestic solar companies have been brewing for years. But they have finally come to a boiling point -- and it's causing some in the solar industry to feel burned. The German solar manufacturer SolarWorld, along with six other unnamed companies, filed a petition to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission today, calling for America to challenge China's "illegal" subsidies to solar companies and develop tariffs for Chinese products: With a large number of subsidies and preferential treatments, the Chinese government and its state authorities have enabled its …

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Move over, Solyndra: There’s a new fake solar scandal

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. When Total, the 14th largest oil and gas company in the world, bought 60 percent of leading solar manufacturer/developer SunPower back in June, here's what the company said: We evaluated multiple solar investments for more than two years and concluded that SunPower is the right partner based on its people, world-leading technology and cost roadmap, vertical integration strategy and downstream footprint. What did the pundits on Fox News say about it? Nothing. But when an editor for Guns & Patriots magazine (yes, you read that correctly) strung together a completely bogus "scandal" about SunPower using disparate …

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Rick Perry's energy plan: drill more, pollute more, spew a lot of hot air

Rick Perry.Photo: Gage SkidmoreCross-posted from Climate Progress. Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) is the country's top polluter. Unsurprisingly, then, before releasing his energy plan Friday, the presidential candidate released a new attack ad and op-ed that lay out a strategy of drilling for more oil and gas, rolling back clean air and clean water standards, and spewing out a whole lot of misleading claims about the EPA. Perry's plan for developing more oil, gas, and coal with limited regulation is straight out of 1911, not 2011. But then again, this is a guy who has stuck with his dangerously ignorant attacks …

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Keystone-pipeline protestors link their movement to Occupy Wall Street

McKibben rallies a crowd in D.C.This post is coauthored by Jessica Goad, manager of research and outreach for the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress. In keeping with the momentum of the Occupy Wall Street movement, activists took to the streets in Washington, D.C., on Friday to protest the Keystone XL pipeline outside the State Department, where the final public hearing on the project took place. Pipeline opponents are drawing a clear connection between the movements, calling their overnight stay at the building where the Keystone hearings were held #OccupyStateDepartment. As activists explained to Climate Progress on …

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Climate activism stands with Occupy Wall Street Movement

Photo: David ShankboneCross-posted from Climate Progress. The Occupy Wall Street Movement started with a handful of protesters in the middle of September. Today, it is snowballing into a national movement for "the other 99 percent" -- representing a diverse group of Americans who feel disenfranchised by a political and financial system that ignores them. And now, riding on the momentum created by the Keystone XL pipeline protests in Washington last month, leaders of the climate movement are getting involved. This evening, a coalition of climate activists led by 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben is marching through New York City and joining …

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Solyndra witch hunt halts world's largest residential solar project

SOLYNDRRAAAAAA!Cross-posted from Climate Progress. The GOP has apparently succeeded in its goal of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The push to do something -- anything -- to make government investments in clean energy look bad after the Solyndra bankruptcy is hindering the development of some major job-creating solar projects. The most recent victim is SolarCity, a solar-services provider that was set to develop the largest residential solar project in the world. The company was offered a conditional commitment on Sept. 2 for a $275 million loan guarantee to finance, install, and maintain solar systems on 160,000 military rooftops …

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Colbert: 'I know global warming is real, folks'

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. Stephen Colbert: The United States emits more CO2 per capita than the European Union and China combined. Just think what those emissions numbers would be if America still made anything. Right now it's all coming from hobo fires and Vin Diesel movies. Sadly (and comically), Colbert's sarcastic conservative pundit persona is often grounded firmly in reality. His rants on climate change are particularly spot on. While going on another diatribe this week about our changing climate (this time by admitting it's happening), Colbert pinpointed the reason why many Americans are still skeptical of the science in …

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The myth of the free market

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. The political reaction to the Solyndra scandal has been laughably devoid of both short-term and long-term historical perspective. In an attempt to exploit a political opportunity, many House Republicans are railing against government investments in the renewable energy sector. However, those same politicians requested millions of dollars for cleantech projects in their own states just a year or two before. This bad case of amnesia stretches far beyond the last two years. Apparently, many in Congress have forgotten about the last 100 years of government investments in oil, gas, and nuclear -- all of which have …

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EIA predicts a grim future for carbon emissions

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its "International Energy Outlook" this week. For anyone concerned about the uncontrolled rise in carbon emissions -- the primary heat-trapping gas fueling dangerous global warming -- it paints a very grim future. Under a business-as-usual climate science deniers' fantasy scenario, the EIA projects that global carbon dioxide emissions will rise some 40 percent from 2008 to 2035: Such an emissions path would all but ensure multiple, simultaneous, ever-worsening catastrophes for the nation and the world -- widespread Dust-Bowlification; multi-foot sea level rise (SLR) followed by SLR of six to …