Our cause is noble. It is the cause of mankind! —GEORGE WASHINGTON What does solar power have to do with American patriotism? And is patriotism even a good thing to begin with? Many people I know who been into clean energy and environmentalism for decades support solar power today as a way to save the world, not just America. Indeed, many of these folks seem suspicious of anything having to … [Read more...] about Free Download of Introduction to ‘The Solar Patriot’
I'm so eager to get The Solar Patriot into the hands of those who need it most -- people fighting on the front lines from Nevada to Florida for solar rights today -- that I've decided to make the whole book available for free download. I'll be releasing sections of the book over the next few months, in order. So, to start with, here's the Preface and all the stuff that goes before, from the … [Read more...] about Free Download of ‘Solar Patriot’ Preface
Since the Solar Patriot project is all about comparing today's solar revolution to the American Revolution, in my writing about solar power and energy I use some words and concepts that Revolutionaries like Washington, Jefferson and Adams used in their day to talk about public life. One of the words that 18th Century Patriots loved to use was "tyrant" along with the related forms "tyranny" and … [Read more...] about Do Monopoly Utilities that Try to Stop Rooftop Solar Qualify as ‘Tyrants’?
It's hard to get any love for solar incentives in Washington these days. But might Congress be open to other ways of helping solar? “Most of the policy that matters is made at the state level. If your main plan for change involves Congress, it’s a bad plan,” David Hochschild, California energy official and co-founder of the national advocacy group Vote Solar, told the eco-website Grist, … [Read more...] about Don’t Waste Time on Congress, Says Top Solar Advocate. Is He Right?
Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis has an idea that could help solar power sell itself in the future to a broad market. But today, he recognizes the value of early adopters. Photo courtesy of republicEN. "Bless the early adopters because they're showing us how it works," said Bob Inglis, founder of RepublicEN, a group of conservatives dedicated to finding free-market solutions to fight … [Read more...] about In Praise of Early Adopters of Solar
Nine out of ten Americans think they know about energy, and one in three thinks they know a lot about energy. Yet, when you ask people where their energy comes from, well, their guesses are a bit off. "Americans seriously overestimate how much electricity we get from renewables," says a 2016 survey of more than a thousand ordinary consumers from a company called Makovsky that advises the energy … [Read more...] about Citizens Overestimate the Amount of Clean Energy America Uses