Clean Energy Under Attack

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As I’m sure you’re aware, clean energy is under attack from the traditional energy industry; the oil and coal companies are spending a fortune on their PR firms and lobbyists to discredit the competition, i.e., renewable energy. And unfortunately, this is been quite effective, as evidenced by:

• The dramatic increase in the number of educated Americans who question (or ignore) the peril in which we’ve placed our civilization via our ever-expanding use of fossil fuels, and

• The number of quite credible candidates for president of the US who ran on the promise that they would close the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, to “enable a free market economy to regulate itself.”

This never could have happened without a campaign of disinformation that rivals the effectiveness of the smear campaign of the Nazis in the 1930s.

In an effort to deal with this, the people at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) have put up EnergyFactCheck.org which contains a large and expanding set of “myth-busters,” presented in a very intuitive, easy-to-use format.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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