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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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The Impending Biofuel Boom

By Roy L Hales

Lux Research’s latest report predicts that “Global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year (BGY) in 2018, up from 55.1 BGY in 2014.” It is a good read. I sent lead author Victor Oh a list of questions and these were his answers about the impending biofuel boom.

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California’s 9th Circuit Hears Appeal on Ivanpah

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

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The Growth Of US Renewables During 2014 As A Vindication

By Roy L Hales

It has been 37 years since Dr Allan Hoffman gave President Jimmy Carter the plan that could have started America’s renewable revolution. The idea was shelved after Reagan was elected. Hoffman waited, as administration after administration ignored the potential, until Barack Obama was elected. The retired senior Department of Energy executive views the growth of US renewables during 2014 as a vindication of what he and his colleagues saw decades ago.

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The New Renewable is Recycled Energy Technologies

By Roy L Hales

By 2016, twenty percent of the energy Xcel Energy is feeding into Colorado’s grid will have to come from renewables. The state’s Public Utilities Commission ruled that up to 20 MW per year of this can come from industrial facilities that convert waste heat to power. The new renewable is recycled energy technologies.

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