Exxon Valdez Spill – 25 Years Later Effects Linger

Alaskan Beaches 3 Days After Exxon Valdez SpillMonday is the 25th Anniversary of the  Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and I found an article about how some things still aren’t and probably will never be “as good as ever.”

It’s almost 4 years since the 2014 BP Deep Water Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

I know there are lots of good people doing lots of good things, but often I wish BP’s public relations staff would give it a rest. BP and others Screwed UP. VERY BADLY. What BP does now doesn’t change the fact that, as with the Exxon Valdez spill, some things will never completely recover, at least not in our life times.

You think Mother Nature screwed up this winter? It’s nothing compared to greedy corporations, people willing to look the other way for cheap fuel, and overworked rig workers, truckers or even boat captains. Accidents happen. 

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Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate (From Huffingtonpost.com)

2012 "Town Hall" Presidential Debate

2012 “Town Hall” Presidential Debate by Getty Images

Our Note: The bulk of this article, and the first photo, is taken from a HuffingtonPost.com article published on October 16, 2012. In some instances, we have added facts, links and videos that we have found on our own that provide greater more information on what is stated in the article.

Article: Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate

“A question from a voter at Tuesday evening’s town hall debate — regarding whether it was within the purview of the government to control the price of gas — sent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney into a war of words over energy policy, and neither actually answered the question.” Continue reading

Recommended Article, Solar: The Best of Times; The Worst of Times”

Storm Clouds Shutterstock, Main Image for Article in RenewableEnergyWorld.com

We didn’t write this, but we like it and recommend that you read it. It was originally published on September 11, 2012 on RenewableEnergyWorld.com in an article about the opening session of Solar Power International 2012.

It opened with a panel discussion on the state of the industry and Dickens’ novel “A Tale of Two Cities” was aptly quoted:

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.’

“Even in the worst economic times, our industry is growing,” Resch said. The U.S. achieved its best quarter in history for the utility solar sector in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report released Monday by GTM Research and SEIA. Currently, over half of the states have more than 5 MW of solar installed, and the majority of the U.S. population lives in states that have more than 50 MW of solar on line, Resch said.

However, the “worst of times” could be yet to come for the solar industry. “Our industry is under direct attack,” Resch said. “Conservative super packs are attacking clean energy.” Over $1 billion is being spent on negative advertising against clean energy during the presidential campaign, Resch said.” Continue reading

Elections Coming: “Don’t Let Renewable Energy Become Collateral Damage!”

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We try to share important information when appropriate and today we got an important email about the elections and renewable energy we want to share that includes a link to  http://www.energyfactcheck.org/ and links so you can contact your US Congressional Representative and your US Senators. Continue reading

Recommended Article: “The Pending Subsidy Cliff, And the Way Out”

Now and again we recommend articles that we like. Here’s one published April 19, 2012 by RenewableEnergyWorld.com: “The Pending Subsidy Cliff, and The Way Out.”

Again, we remind you that your state and federal senators and congressmen/women need to know how you think and that you vote.   Contact your US Senators by clicking here for email addresses and your congressperson by clicking here. And since many programs will be at the state level, don’t forget about contacting your local representatives and governors!

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Policy Outlook 2012: Don’t Expect Much From Washington in 2012

You Have a Hand in a Clean Earth. Make Your Voice Heard Today!

We hope you have the time to read this article, written by Meg Cichon, Associate Editor of  RenewableEnergyWorld.com, it discusses “Looming deadlines, expiring credits and a turbulent election — renewables have a challenging year ahead in North America as 2012 is set for policy change.”  And, you can make a difference by emailing your reps. (Details on how to contact your Federal reps and find out who makes the decisions at your state or County level are shown in main body of this post.)

“…Political turmoil has enveloped 2011, and it is expected to set the scene for the coming year. The late-August Solyndra bankruptcy news cast a dark mark on the Department of Energy (DOE) loan program, which is fueling an already fiery Washington D.C. climate. The heated political atmosphere has already affected a biofuels industry facing a $6 billion cut in tax breaks for ethanol producers. It also is poised to impact debates on the set-to-expire 1603 cash grant and the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for the wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass industries.

So what does this all mean for 2012?”

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Survey Says 9 of 10 Americans Want Solar… What You Can Do About This

The following article is from one of our favorite renewable energy news sites: Renewable Energy World.com, which is a very pragmatic, business-oriented site.  It notes that 9 of 10 Americans want more solar power.

Many subsidies and tax incentives outlined by President Bush in the 2008 Stimulus Package have been trimmed severely by the current US Congress, while subsidies to large oil companies remain intact.

Your job: let your state reps and Governor know that you vote and that you are in favor of solar energy.  And, also notify your US Congressperson and Senators. 

The bottom line is that your opinion does matter if you choose to let it be known. Politicians know that for every email, phone call or letter they receive, several people feel the same way but don’t bother to contact them.  By voicing your concerns, they are more likely to realize that Your Vote and You Want More Solar. So, read the following article and then make a phone call, or send out a quick email or letter.

The following URL has information to contact members of the House of Representatives: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml.  To contact your US Senators, please visit: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.  Most Senators and Congresspeople have quick forms that you can fill out in just a few minutes.  And don’t thinks that it doesn’t matter, because your voice DOES COUNT! Continue reading