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How Much Damage Can Donald Trump Do?

By Roy L Hales

The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that  “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.”  Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?

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Living With A Trump Presidency

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pmThe American people have spoken. Donald Trump is not Dr Allan Hoffman’s choice for President. While it is still possible that Trump will be more reasonable than his pre-election rhetoric suggests, this is unlikely. Hoffman described Trump as a demagogue who appears to be a climate denier, whose statements about energy were “uninformed, ignorant and terrible.” Never-the-less, he has been elected and, for the next four years, “the American public is going to have to live with that.” Hoffman spoke about the realities of living with a Trump presidency.

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IRENA Reports 5% Growth in Renewable Jobs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1At a time when the Global economy is struggling with weak trade, investment and wage growth, especially in the energy sector, the International Energy Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) 2016 jobs Review points to an exception. The number of people working in renewables, World-wide,  grew from 7.5 million in 2014 to 8.1 million in 2015. IRENA reports 5% growth in renewable jobs.

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Two Thirds of America’s New Capacity Was Renewable In 2015

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe number of wind energy installations has surpassed natural gas, 7,977 MW of new generating capacity to 5,942 MW. There is close to 3,000 MW of (rooftop and utility scale) new solar capacity, 305 MW of biomass capacity, 153 of hydropower 48 MW of geothermal. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy, under President Obama two thirds of America’s new capacity was renewable in 2015.
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The United States, A Nation Divided

The Five Most Attractive Nations For Renewable Investments Part One: The United States, A Nation Divided

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Climate Change is upon us. The signs are everywhere, for anyone not actively denying them. So are the avenues to change our planet for the better, though some nations have not yet resolved to pursue them. So who are the 7 most attractive nations for renewable investments?

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The Data contradicts several Myths about Renewable Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The biggest news to come out of the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report for August, is that utility solar’s production of electricity is up 93.6% over last year. This is the principal reason that the renewable contribution is up 9.6% and only half of the story. The EIA does not record production from rooftop solar (which means solar’s overall contribution is significantly higher) and production figures are down in every fossil fuel sector. This trend is also seen in the latest figures  from Germany, where solar production is up 7.7%, wind 8% and biomass 11% over last year. The data contradicts several myths about Renewable energy.

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100% of July’s Installations were renewables

The ECOreport reposts news from the United States, where 100% of July’s Installations were renewables

By Roy L Hales
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According to Energy stats, 100% of US installations, during July, were renewables! It is the kind of deceptive announcement that is euphoric.  America’s #1 energy, in terms of utility scale installations, is natural gas. Continue reading 100% of July’s Installations were renewables