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Renewable Energy Doesn’t Get More In Subsidies Than Fossil & Nuclear Energy Have Gotten, & Continue To Get

January 26th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

A highly misleading anti-cleantech talking point is that renewable energy "relies on government subsidies," and that all of the renewable energy growth in recent years is attributable to them. In actuality, fossil fuels and nuclear power have been receiving government support for much longer than renewable energy has. They have received much more government subsidy historically speaking than renewables. And these dirty energy options continue to receive a tremendous amount of government support even though they are overripe industries in many regards


What About Florida? Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, & Regulatory Backwardness In The Sunshine State (Part 1)

November 27th, 2017 | by Danny Parker

Florida is known for hurricanes1. As a teenage kid growing up in Miami, we never knew anything about the glory of snow days up North, but we did have Hurricane Days. They usually came in the worst month of Florida’s weather — September. That month, after all, came at the end of a long and hot Florida summer known to be famously muggy and wet. Late August and September are also the rainiest periods in the Liquid Sunshine State, and even worse, school started back before Labor Day


Low-Income Communities Were The Hardest Hit By Hurricane Harvey

September 14th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Low-income families are more likely to live in flood-prone areas with deficient infrastructure. Hurricane Harvey is yet another example of this pattern. While large parts of Houston flooded, low-income neighborhoods fared worse than wealthier areas


Even Hurricanes Run Out Of Cheap Energy Eventually — If Industrial Civilization Is A Hurricane, Where Are We On Our Path Inland?

September 12th, 2017 | by James Ayre

As those tracking the situation will now be aware, Hurricane Irma has weakened substantially since its high point last week when it achieved sustained wind speeds of around 185 mph. It's no longer even a hurricane as of the time of writing this. This is the result of the hurricane scraping large land masses such as Cuba and its fated landfall on Sunday in Florida. Hurricanes thrive on warm water and its evaporative potential. In other words, they feed on cheap, easily accessed energy. When they travel overland, they rapidly lose power


Future-Proofing Coastal Cities Like Houston

September 10th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Now the question is whether it should be rebuilt with federal funds just as it was before or restructured so it is better able to meet the challenges of climate change in the future.


Tesla Unlocks Extra Battery Capacity For Owners Fleeing Hurricanes

September 9th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Tesla owners on the Tesla Motors Club forums recently shared that Tesla has issued an emergency firmware update for owners in the path of Hurricane Irma. The update unlocks the additional battery capacity for owners of vehicles with software-limited battery capacity — like Model S and X vehicles with "60 kWh" of capacity that actually have 75 kWh batteries installed



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