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Published on July 1st, 2013 | by Adam Johnston


Obama’s Clean Energy Timeline (Infographic)

July 1st, 2013 by  

Our good friends, the solar and crowdfunding leaders at Mosaic, recently published an infographic on the Obama Administration’s impact on US cleantech since coming into the White House in January 2009.

Obama Timeline Infographic (2)

Image Credit:: Mosaic

As you can see above, some of the accomplishments and targets include:

  • Putting $90 billion towards cleantech initiatives, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Working to double wind and solar electricity generation by 2020.

What do you think stands out as the biggest accomplishment so far since Obama coming into office in 2009?

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is expected to complete the Professional Development Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto by December 2017. Adam recently completed his Social Media Certificate from Algonquin College Continuing & Online Learning. Adam also graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications in 2011. Adam owns a part-time tax preparation business. He also recently started up Salay Consulting and Social Media services, a part-time business which provides cleantech writing, analysis, and social media services. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or check out his business

  • Pieter Siegers

    If the growth of renewables is exponential then we should see a better figure than just doubling by 2020. Remember that currently Germany is already at 25%.

    • ThomasGerke

      Depends on politics & political frameworks, market/grid access and overall investment conditions.
      In Germany the trend points to 40-50% by 2020 and 80% by 2030. The conventional energy industry and their minions in business & politics want to slow this trend down. (harming new industries & domestic investments, aswell as increasing future energy costs)

      In the US there is already a big fight to curb/control the initial renewable energy momentum (resembling Germany 1998-2004) despite the fact that todays wind / solar technology is more than ready now. (unlike in Germany 10 years ago)

  • Pieter Siegers

    The infographic says 90B and you 9B, which is correct?

  • Ian Arnell

    good to see something in place, but I really do thing we can do better and much faster than this. Will it happen? That is the tough question, but certainly I think we are capable of it

    • Bob_Wallace

      Do you want it to happen?

      If so, do what you can to give control of Congress back to people who are willing to work on the problems in 2014.

  • beernotwar

    Far too slow. We should have an aggressive goal of producing 25% of our energy via renewables (including Hydro) by 2020. Doubling the small amount of wind and solar is not nearly enough for the next six and a half years.
    Of course if it were up to me we’d be funding renewable energy projects at the level of the interstate highway system’s initial construction budget. This is that important.

    • Bob_Wallace

      We should be installing renewables at the speed we built ships and airplanes during WWII.

      A very big push for a few years and get ourselves jump-started.

      • J_JamesM

        The country wouldn’t support that kind of deficit spending, even if it boosted the economy. They’d be afraid of “becoming Greece.”

        • Bob_Wallace

          You’re partially correct. Republicans would oppose and will oppose increased spending on renewables and attribute their opposition to deficit spending.

          But they’d fund another oil war in a heart beat. “Damn the deficit! Full speed ahead! Bomb the ……!!!”

        • And that fear of deficit spending, unfortunately, is the last thing we need economically… (well, that and more multi-billion-dollar ‘natural’ disasters).

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