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Top 10 Clean Tech Stories of 2010

I know, I’m one of the few people who actually waited until the beginning of 2011 to do a 2010 top 10 list. Hope that you haven’t seen enough of them by now.

A top 10 list of clean tech stories is pretty hard to come up with these days, given the extremely rapid growth in this industry. Here’s a shot at it:

10. Electric Vehicles Roll Out in U.S.

From the Nissan Leaf to the Chevy Volt to the charging stations that make electric vehicles possible, 2010 ushered in a new era of automobiles and related infrastructure. I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of that in 2011.

9. Solar-Nuclear Crossover

This caught a lot of people’s attention when the news broke. And for good reason. More of a symbolic thing than anything else, the point that solar has come so far is really something. Oh yeah, the specific story I’m referencing is that a report showed that solar energy costs are now lower than nuclear energy costs. Extremely rapid growth of the solar energy industry is an obvious result and another top news story that ties into this (I’m combining these for the purpose of this list). “Solar is now the fastest growing energy industry in the U.S., employing nearly 100,000 Americans and generating billions of dollars of economic growth for our economy.

8. 2010 U.S. Elections

Well, it was expected, given that our economy could not recover economically from 8 years of Bush as president in less than 2. Nonetheless, the Republican (and even Tea Party) wins of 2010 are going to make for a rough couple of years. Republican obstructionism in the name of… nothing.. is a threat to the future of the U.S. One of the biggest threats in the history of the country I would say. As we saw just recently, these politicians are willing to hold the whole country’s prosperity and growth hostage for no other purpose than making the rich richer. And as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently annouced, “if they think it’s bad now, wait till next year.” Read more here: NY Times on GOP’s Intention to Attack EPA & Country

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


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