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White House Finally Goes Solar: Obama Preaches Efficiency and Jobs at Wal-Mart

May 12, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Obama and Solar Energy

President Obama recently announced commitments from hundreds of public and private companies and organizations including Home Depot, Ikea, Yahoo, Google, Lennar Homes and Goldman Sachs to push solar energy and energy efficiency. The commitments amount to 850 megawatts of solar power.[read more]

Obama’s First Term: Assessing Progress On Top Energy And Climate Priorities

January 10, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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by Daniel J. WeissBarack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was built on “hope and change.” Millions of Americans went to the polls hoping that the federal government would change its approach to many of the nation’s challenges after eight years of retreat, neglect, and inertia under President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick...[read more]

The Past, Present, and New Year of U.S. Clean Energy Policy

January 8, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, clean energy was largely a policymaking afterthought. Federal investment in clean energy research and development (R&D) stood at just over $4 billion a year – less than 40 percent of its peak in the 1970’s. It’s an understatement to say a lot has changed in the four years since.[read more]

Wasteland No More: Obama's Win a Victory for Clean Energy and Efficiency

November 13, 2012 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Energy via Shutterstock

By re-electing President Obama, American voters made clear that clean energy is vital to this country, and that wasteful, 19th-century energy does not hold the answers we seek. A majority of Americans voted for the candidate who arguably has done more for clean energy and efficiency than any other president. Voters cast their ballots for...[read more]

Solyndra’s Lessons: Challenges of the Global Energy Market

February 29, 2012 by Jesse Parent
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In September 2011, Solyndra, a US-based solar panel manufacturer, declared bankruptcy.  The Solyndra case illustrates the complexity of developing renewable energies.  Many globalization factors influence the production and distribution of  renewable energy, such as economics, politics, science and technology policy,...[read more]

Obama Cleantech Stimulus: Bad Policy, Bad Politics and Bad for Cleantech

November 2, 2011 by David Gold

The Solyndra debacle is no surprise to this cleantech venture capitalist. The inherent conflict between trying to get money out of the U.S. Treasury as quickly as possible to stimulate the economy and, at the same time, have government agencies that are ill-suited at making business decisions do just that was nothing other than a recipe for disaster.[read more]