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Talk in Washington; Action in Beijing and Brussels

What's wrong with this headline? In Washington, D.C., there’s an ongoing debate about whether big oil and gas companies should keep their huge tax-payer funded subsidies. Meanwhile, in Beijing, the government is strategically maneuvering to capture the economic benefits of the future clean energy economy. A study released this week concludes that China’s green tech industry raked in $65 billion last year – making it the world’s leader in green tech production by revenue. The green tech market contributed an impressive 1.3% of China’s GDP, boosting China’s rank based on percentage of GDP to #2. Windmill production giant Denmark scored highest with its green tech sector contributing 3% of its GDP. The study (conducted by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund) also ranked the US. Guess what? We’re way down the list at #17.
The White House is Stepping Out...

The White House is Stepping Out...

Earlier today, Secretary Chu announced on the Department of Energy's Energy Blog that "by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House".  Of course, we are all familiar with the infamous removal of the last solar water heater by then-President Reagan after it had been installed by President Carter 31 years ago.  
President Obama Embraces a Clean Energy Future

President Obama Embraces a Clean Energy Future

Despite the ongoing tragedy in the Gulf, there is still a glimmer of hope to be found amid the devastating oil spill: real attention is finally being paid to the need for a clean energy transition, and at the highest levels of government no less. In a speech delivered at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh last Wednesday, President Obama reiterated his appeal to Congress to pass a climate change bill this year.
Two Policies that Create Jobs, Help the Environment and Save Taxpayers’ Money – Hard to Believe, but True!

Two Policies that Create Jobs, Help the Environment and Save Taxpayers’ Money – Hard to Believe, but True!

As Congress continues to mull over the need for another jobs bill, it is my hope that our elected officials realize that a transition to a clean-tech economy will only work insofar as two crucial policies—the inclusion of solar manufacturing equipment in the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit (MITC) and the extension of the Treasury Grant Program (TGP)—are properly implemented.
Applied's Charlie Gay Reports on Accelerating Solar

Applied's Charlie Gay Reports on Accelerating Solar

Renewable Energy World North America magazine features an excerpt from a presentation by Applied Materials' Dr. Charles Gay, President for Applied Solar, speaking at the Industry Strategy Symposium held earlier this year.  Dr. Gay discussed current solar industry dynamics, how photovoltaic solar power will evolve in the next decade and the factors that will drive that evolution, including where electricity is being generated, what people are doing with it, and the policy shifts required to grow the market.  Click here to read the full excerpt!