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Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

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Climate Change Politics Heats Up

In the Spring of 1987, Ray Harm sat on the veranda of his solar-powered ranch house on the edge of arroyo in Browns Canyon -- explaining climate change to me.

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Jim Stack
Question: Do you believe that climate change is going to be a priority issue in next year's Presidential election? I can only pray... Read More
Sunday, 29 November 2015 09:35
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Election Analysis: Power boost or short circuit (redux)?

Four years ago, I wrote an article for a national magazine on what to make of the 2010 mid-term elections and its implications for energy policy.

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Jim Stack
This is a good report to show what the public wants and will pay for. But do they know the huge subsidies that already go to COAL,... Read More
Saturday, 08 November 2014 14:57
Jeff Spies
Excellent perspective Jim. I fully agree that republicans cannot continue to deny and ignore. Especially now that insurance comp... Read More
Monday, 10 November 2014 09:39
Russell Lowes
Could you please list the URL for this survey?
Monday, 10 November 2014 14:44
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There’s a lot of work (to do)...

Earlier this summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed rules for Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. This is the rule that deals with reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants by 2030. The proposed rule was shaped by public input and builds upon existing priorities, activities, and efforts in states throughout the country.

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Jim Stack
Question: Should the legislature allow a plan, developed by Arizonans, to be submitted in response to the EPA’s Section 111(d) rul... Read More
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:42
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Red and Blue Equals Green

George P. Shultz served as U.S. Secretary of State, Treasury and Labor under two GOP Presidents. Today, Shultz is co-chair of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution task force on energy policy.

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Curt Shannon
Shultz also participated in the excellent "Risky Business" report that came out earlier this year. Co-authors on that report were ... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:36
Jim Stack
Our government has enacted the first new rule to reduce carbon in our states. Have to written them to suggest ways to improve and ... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:11
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Labor Day: New Deal Roots and Clean Energy Offshoots

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The Great Depression witnessed the highest unemployment rate this country has ever known. A quarter of the American workforce was jobless at its height in 1932. The next year, the newly-elected President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed into law legislation that put the country on the road to recovery.

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Jim Stack
What ARRA energy projects are you aware of in your community? I checked on line and Chandler has a list of over $22 Million ARRA p... Read More
Friday, 05 September 2014 10:28
Jim Stack
Michael Crow ,ASU President doesn't need any ARRA to be the Solar PV leader in the USA. Just PPA's that pay for themselves and cre... Read More
Sunday, 07 September 2014 13:56
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The benefits of solar: Will anybody listen?

Arizona is about to begin an important discussion on the cost benefits of solar energy. The discussion is scheduled for May 7 as part of a series of workshops the Arizona Corporation Commission has scheduled to examine the impacts of innovation on the utility business model.

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Jim Stack
I think all the public officials hear the facts but don't want to believe them. There are a lot of non peer reviewed studies and c... Read More
Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:48
Joe Doaks
Wow! Minnesota effectively built A back-door carbon tax into its formula. Brilliant!
Sunday, 06 April 2014 11:39
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