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For Renewable Energy Policy, Choose E. All of the Above

For Renewable Energy Policy, Choose E. All of the Above

As I mentioned on the National Journal’s Energy Blog, tax incentives are part of the solution but must be used with many more and different policies if we expect to build a competitive renewable energy industry in the U.S. that can compete with heavily subsidized programs in China, Japan and India. The U.S. needs policy incentives that both pull deployment and demand and push domestic manufacturing.
Applied Materials

Revived Hope for Renewable Energy Legislation

To all the naysayers who questioned whether energy legislation could pass this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has an answer for them: not so fast. Speaking at the third annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Reid revived hopes that a bill would get through after all, albeit a much smaller one than the House approved last summer, which may even include the resurrection of a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES).
Applied Materials

Innovating Toward our Next Great Industry

Yesterday, from the White House, Vice President Biden released a new report, “The Recovery Act: Transforming the American Economy through Innovation,” which outlines how the administration’s $100 billion investment in innovation has been, for the most part, money well spent. In his remarks, Biden highlighted four key areas where stimulus money was working: •Modernizing transportation •Jumpstarting the renewable energy sector •Investing in groundbreaking medical research •Building a platform that will enhance the private sector’s
The Fight for Climate and Energy Legislation is Not Over

The Fight for Climate and Energy Legislation is Not Over

While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) decision to delay a floor debate and a vote on the RES-less energy bill until the fall is clearly disappointing, it is important to remember that the fight to enact comprehensive climate and energy legislation is far from over.
Senator Michael Bennet Visits Applied

Senator Michael Bennet Visits Applied

Earlier this month, Applied Materials CEO and Chairman Mike Splinter (far left) led United States Senator for Colorado Michael Bennet (second from left) among others on a tour that included the company's solar operations as well as its 2MW solar array and R&D solar installation.
Twitterstorm: Comprehensive Climate & Energy Legislation

Twitterstorm: Comprehensive Climate & Energy Legislation

Today on the summer solstice — the day the sun shines in the northern hemisphere for the longest period of time all year — Applied Materials kicked-off its series of online conversations via Twitter with Mike Dabbs, Director of Government Affairs at Applied Materials by discussing the impact of comprehensive climate and energy legislation in the U.S.
America Needs to COMPETE

America Needs to COMPETE

Although America once led the global race in clean tech innovation and investment, our country has been slipping behind the rest of the world for quite some time. Last year, China surpassed the U.S. in clean energy investment by an almost two-to-one margin, according to a recent report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The other “Rising Tigers” in Asia are also nipping at our heels. Over the next five years, these countries will out-invest the U.S. in energy technology by at least three-to-one. That’s a scary prospect.