Solar power may be the clean energy solution we're all waiting for, but only as long as it's constructed in an environmentally responsible manner. Five hundred protesters in China besieged a solar-panel manufacturing plant in the city of Haining, after it dumped massive amounts of fluoride into a nearby river, killing fish and livestock.
The federal Geological Survey of Canada says that the total available geothermal resource in that country could produce a million times as much electricity as the entire country uses, or well more than enough to light up all of planet earth many times over.
Solar power isn’t all rainbows and puppies. In China, protesters have spent the past few days outside a solar panel plant, which they say polluted a nearby river. A U.S. wind turbine company is suing a Chinese company for paying an employee of American Superconducter more than $1 million to steal wind turbine technology. China's also put $15 billion into Alberta's tar sands in the past year and a half. We're going to keep hearing about Solyndra all next year.
Philip Bump of Green for All responded to our request to create an infographic comparing the cost of the Solyndra "scandal" to the Defense Department's greatest boondoggles. We think it speaks for itself.
Conservatives are trying to use the bankruptcy of solar firm Solyndra to tar the whole renewables industry and all efforts by government to support it.
At a hearing in Congress today, GOP representatives used Solyndra's collapse to declare that government investment in clean energy is a bad idea.
Aw look, it's Phone Story, a fun little game where you produce things and catch things and shoot things at people! It's like Farmville AND Cut the Rope AND Angry Birds! Except that instead of saving your eggs or feeding your dinosaur, you're simulating the production of your iPhone -- which means you're actually abusing workers and manipulating consumers in order to score your points.
The Obama admin is getting bashed for backing a solar company that recently went under. But it was actually the Bush admin that started the ball rolling on a loan guarantee for Solyndra.
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