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Published on July 3rd, 2013 | by Adam Johnston

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Heroes And Villains Of The Renewable Energy Debate — Infograph

July 3rd, 2013 by  


Following in the wake of President Obama’s climate change plansOne Block off the Grid has released the below infograph about the Heroes and Villains of Renewable Energy.

Some of the heroes mentioned include Michael Bloomberg, who lead New York City during Hurricane Sandy and has seen the dramatic effects of what climate change has done to his city.

Image Credit: One Block Off the Grid

Image Credit: One Block Off the Grid


Another person that has done a lot for cleantech is Tom Steyer, who supported funding a campaign against Prop 23 in California in 2010, while helping to create the TomKat Center For Sustainable Energy at Stanford University.

Meanwhile, Bertrand Piccard and Andrew Borschberg have proven you can fly a long-range plane with solar energy, which propelled them to the Top Innovation Award from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

There is also a fair share of villains in the renewable energy debate.

Obvious choices include The Koch Brothers, who have been held accountable for more than 300 oil spills between 1995 to 1997, causing three million litres of oil to spill into streams and lakes across six states. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell has also done his fair share of dastardly deeds against environmental issues. McConnell battled against the 2007 green tax package and the renewable energy standard in the energy bill. McConnell even threaten to block having the Earth Aid concert in Washington, DC in 2007.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie denied climate change played a role in Hurricane Sandy, which caught the ire of many within the green community, considering that New Jersey was hard hit by the storm.

Which leaves us these questions? Are there other renewable energy heroes that don’t get enough mention? What other villains get under your skin? 
 
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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 www.salayconsultiing.com.



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