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The Polarization of ARRA

In 2008, Americans across the country voted for change.  That change included transforming our century-old dependence on fossil fuels.  Central to this makeover was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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Hal Hudson
I hope the loan recipients repay the US taxpayers for co-signing these loans... $2.3 Billion for 70 full-time jobs being created s... Read More
Sunday, 19 October 2014 06:50
Hi Hal -- thanks for commenting . . . The rationale for the economic stimulus package was for the government to offset the decreas... Read More
Sunday, 19 October 2014 09:36
Jim Stack
Seems like a small impact until you add up all the CO2 eliminated, the taxes that will continue for many years. Then compare that ... Read More
Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:35
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Real-world examples of an alternative future

Humanity continues to power forward on the road to an alternative future.  Forbes magazine predicts that by 2030, approximately $90 trillion will be invested worldwide in infrastructure for cities, land use and energy -- with an emphasis on a shift to a low-carbon economy.

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Jim Stack
Question: Should our public bodies adopt targets/goals for their own solar generation and energy efficiency requirements? YES, th... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2014 07:43
Glenda Williamson
Our public bodies should be worrying less about the constituents that got them in and more about the future, so yes.
Friday, 10 October 2014 17:21
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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


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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