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Why 2015 is the Year for Clean Energy in the U.S. and China

https://www.flickr.com/photos/solarwindtec/7800628878/in/photolist-dXjdBi-anWxfb-dgWcSW-dgZvkB-7hJAVA-oADrZt-4QEpJW-cTjgcm-peEhiU-dgYUsC-pkqkDK-mDanui-9heXvG-9hbP4n-5om1Mv-fK8tQM-81zuQr-nChZ1E-9agPX3-8mBp5i-awgMXU-55CNL1-boqXjN-4JJdcJ-eaJzoj-6xGhiZ-cbVJd1-jryJPW-8rUQ8b-4QpriF-cTjcNQ-cTjg29-bpgZbn-36jEtS-36fbZT-36fbF6-36jETW-36jNXo-36jQF1-36fdKr-36fdXB-36fddR-36jMmd-36f2V4-36jHf1-36f9Ka-36jJsQ-36jNjW-36f8Y8-36f6XcWith a new year comes new promises and new opportunities – and that also goes for the United States and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters.

The good news is both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change.

Here are five signs renewables will finally gain traction in China and the U.S. in 2015 and continue to grow in coming years:

  1. China's solar investments are not slowing down.

Even in the very near-term, China is poised for dramatic solar adoption. The country was rushing to build 10 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic projects in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, enough to power more than 7.5 million homes.

And 2015 shows no signs of slowing down, as China and other solar energy markets across the world are expected to continue to gain ground. Read More »

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5 Undeniable Truths about the Clean Power Plan

JDo you get a sense of déjà vu when you hear the fossil fuel industry arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new climate change plan? You’re not imagining things – we’ve heard these many, many times before.

The EPA recently held public hearings around the country to solicit comments on its new proposal to put reasonable, nationwide limits on climate pollution from power plants.

The plan is moderate, flexible, and paves the way for considerable economic gains, but the substance hardly mattered for some die-hard opponents. The fossil fuel industry allies trotted out the same talking points about the supposed costs of action and American indifference to clean air policies that they always do.

Tellingly, industry lobbyists and their friends in Congress couldn’t even be bothered to wait and see what the rule said before blasting it with wildly inaccurate claims about the cost of implementation. Read More »

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