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U.S. Solar Trade Group Protests China’s Polysilicon Tariffs

The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing is protesting China’s imposition of tariffs on imports of polysilicon — the raw material used in solar photovoltaic cells and panels — from the U.S. While the tariffs violate international trade treaties, the Chinese government has ramped up the illegal subsidies it provides to domestic manufacturers, CASM asserts.

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An Uptick in US Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Utilities Use More Coal

Natural gas prices coming off their lows prompted utilities to burn more coal, which in turn led to the first increase in U.S. carbon emissions in three years. Longer term, US greenhouse gas emissions are 10% or more below 2005 levels, a downward trend the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts will continue.

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Infographic: Americans Vote for Solar

Americans want residential solar This infographic from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) underscores how Americans really feel about solar energy. Despite the misleading characterization of solar and cleantech from the likes of 60 Minuets and Fox News, Americans understand the importance of going solar and want more of it. A recent study by BrightCurrent shows that 91 percent of…

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60 Minutes offers an epic fail on the Cleantech sector as this chart demonstrates

The Cleantech Revolution and 60 Minutes’ Epic Fail

On Sunday, January 5th the venerable TV news magazine 60 Minutes aired a segment called the Cleantech Crash. According to the report, the billions of dollars of government money poured into clean energy has essential come to nothing – or very little at best. Really? At best the reportage from 60 Minutes was narrow and shallow, misrepresenting the real progress…

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Top U.S. Green Economy Trends and Predictions for 2014

While the overall outlook is good, there is a mixed bag of trends, predictions and problems that will directly impact sustainability, renewable energy, greenbuilding and cleantech in 2014. Sustainability The year to come may prove a challenging one for sustainability. According to an Ecova report, the growth of sustainability in 2014¬†will be complicated by increased energy and resource prices. The…

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The environmental achievements of 2013 show that we can act as good stewards of the planet

Roundup of U.S. Environmental Achievements in 2013

In 2013, concerned people, organizations and companies in the U.S. and around the world helped move environmental causes forward. From new legislation to the protection of habitats and ecosystems, here is a sampling of U.S. environmental achievements in 2013. Environmental success stories A new study showed that a solid majority of Americans accept the reality of global warming and are…

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Mosaic Solar"s "Put Solar On It" campaign had pledges coming in from across the U.S.

Gifts That Keep On Giving: Pledges to Mosaic’s “Put Solar On It”

2013 was another record-setting year for solar energy in the U.S., and Mosaic’s looking to keep the momentum going through 2014. The keystone of its 2014 New Year’s Resolution campaign, pledges to Mosaic’s campaign to put solar PV systems on U.S,. homes, schools, hospitals and businesses are coming in from across the country.