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Solar Industry, Steel Workers Applaud Obama's Climate Change Initiatives BY: EDGAR MEZA 26. JUNE 2013 |


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Ruth
- 255 days ago - pv-magazine.com
"The U.S. currently has an installed cumulative solar electric capacity of more than 8.5 GW - enough to power more than 1.3 million homes, Resch explained, pointing out that in the first quarter of 2013, more than 48% of new electricity...was solar." TY



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Ruth R. (215)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 12:03 am
A nother step in a good direction!
"The U.S.' Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the United Steelworkers (USW) union have welcomed White House's plans to combat climate change and new energy directives that will create 13 GW of renewable energy projects on federal land by 2025."

Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-industry--steel-workers-applaud-obamas-climate-change-initiatives_100011844/#ixzz2o5uxvPYw
 

Ruth R. (215)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 12:05 am
Another good deed leads to the next.
"U.S. President Barack Obama presented America's new climate change strategy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where he pledged more than 13 GW of renewable energy plants on federal lands by 2025 in addition to tough new carbon standards for power stations."

Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-industry--steel-workers-applaud-obamas-climate-change-initiatives_100011844/#ixzz2o5vOSLk4
 

Ruth R. (215)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 12:08 am
From the article -- IF -- on your computer the link does not work. Good will to alll who do good with kindness or a caring wirh TLC.
"The United States' Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as well as the United Steelworkers (USW) union have welcomed the White House’s newly announced plan to combat climate change.

U.S. President Barack Obama presented America's new climate change strategy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where he pledged more than 13 GW of renewable energy plants on federal lands by 2025 in addition to tough new carbon standards for power stations.

"This is a watershed moment in our nation's history," SEIA president and CEO Rhone Reschs said Tuesday following Obama's speech.

"Climate change threatens our economy, our future progress, our health and safety, and even our way of life. … To his credit, President Obama understands that. We commend him for offering a bold, decisive plan to combat climate change and to mitigate the impacts of carbon pollution."

Echoing Resch's words, USW President Leo W. Gerard said the debate about whether or not climate change is real had "gone on for far too long. … We have witnessed devastating super-storms and hurricanes that have wreaked havoc on communities across the country. The plan President Obama outlined today includes many positive steps to help our nation begin a meaningful effort to address climate change, while creating and maintaining hundreds of thousands of family-sustaining jobs in the domestic manufacturing, construction and service sectors," Gerard added.

The USW president stressed that industrial facilities and its workers could and must play a role in the clean energy economy.

"As the largest industrial union in North America, we are encouraged that the president's plan also includes measures to improve industrial energy efficiency and expand renewable energy development and deployment," Gerard said.

"Our members work in industrial facilities across the country where efficiency improvements will ensure that these facilities are globally competitive and economically sustainable."

Resch added, "America's solar energy industry is uniquely poised to help. Today, more than 30 utility-scale, clean energy solar projects are under construction, putting thousands of electricians, steelworkers and laborers to work and helping to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. These facilities, along with rooftop solar on homes, businesses and schools, will generate electricity for generations to come."

The U.S. currently has an installed cumulative solar electric capacity of more than 8.5 GW – enough to power more than 1.3 million homes, Resch explained, pointing out that in the first quarter of 2013, more than 48% of new electricity added to the grid was solar.

The American solar industry currently employs nearly 120,000 people in more than 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across the U.S., making solar one of the fastest growing industries in America, Resch said, adding that part "of this amazing growth is attributed to the fact that the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40% over the past two years, making solar more affordable than ever."

Gerard said the USW especially welcomed the White House's plan to upgrade the country's outdated pipeline, water and electricity systems, pointing out that the American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave the U.S.' infrastructure a very negative score and called for an investment of $3.6 trillion to upgrade the systems by 2020.

"The U.S. grid infrastructure was not designed to withstand strong winds and storm surges, and roughly $2 trillion in investments is needed to make improvements by 2030 for it to function efficiently," Gerard said.

The USW president also demanded that any public spending include "strong domestic procurement provisions … to ensure that all the component parts used in our grid, pipeline and waters systems are made right here in America."

The USW represents 850,000 workers in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in the public sector and service occupations."
Read more: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/solar-industry--steel-workers-applaud-obamas-climate-change-initiatives_100011844/#ixzz2o5vnyPbQ
 

Ruth R. (215)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 12:43 am
I am not responsible for information from PV Magazine.
 

Barbara DeFratis (23)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 6:55 pm
Yes, We must do more With Solar Energy!!!! Now, 2014 is the year!!!
 

Meme Mine (0)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:17 pm
You believers don't even know what the consensus is you are agreeing on because if you did know you wouldn't be telling our kids it WILL be a crisis because not one IPCC warning agrees beyond "could be" a crisis.
Science didn't lie or commit any fraud or hoax; YOU believers did.
Prove to us former believers that science agrees it WILL be a crisis.
 

Meme Mine (0)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 7:19 pm
Too late Ruth R.
Get up to date:
*Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.
*Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).
*Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier.
*Obama had not mentioned the crisis in two State of the Unions addresses.
 

Dale O. (193)
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8:38 pm
Stephen Harper is not Canada and he will meet his demise in the next federal election. Bye, Harper, it was not nice knowing you.
 

Dave C. (214)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:48 am
thanks.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 11:57 am
noted, thanks
 

Rhonda B. (100)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:10 pm
noted, Thanks.
 

Marianne R. (101)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:26 pm
I'm still trying to digest all this. Thanks Ruth
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday December 22, 2013, 1:55 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Winn Adams (191)
Monday December 23, 2013, 6:47 am
Noted
 

Carmen S. (611)
Monday December 23, 2013, 7:42 pm
Thanks Ruth.
 

Ruth R. (215)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:51 am
For me this is only about -- getting some solar energy -- because Solar energy is a good source of energy-- no natter other thoughts you may have.

70 percent to 98 percent of all Americans would like more solar energy.

Solar energy helps provide good work for more people per dollar than gas and nuclear.

We are all very happy about Solar energy -- when we own Solar on our property because we do have to pay utility bills for about 30 years -- that is if we got some of the good deals out there.

Climate change is not my topic in this post. Thank you for being kind, polite, and nice about the topic being mentioned in the title.
 

Ruth R. (215)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:54 am
Thank you for the comments and the notes !
Thank you for being kind, considerate, and polite because it goes along way.
For me this article is SIMPLY about getting more solar -- for the 70-89 percent of the people polled who said that they would like more solar energy.
 
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