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Catching The Sun: Documentary Highlights Link Between Solar Energy And American Job Creation

A man laid off in his forties who wants to be part of the green economy of the future. A Chinese solar energy executive whose childhood village didn’t get electricity until he was seven. A right-wing Tea Party activist crusading for rooftop solar.
These are some of the people featured in Shalini Kantayya’s new documentary, Catching the Sun, which presents the climate crisis and American employment woes together with one solution: solar energy.
Despite America’s huge solar capacity and consistent history of ingenuity, China has excelled as the world’s leader in solar panel manufacturing, and European and Central American nations lead in percent renewable energy production.
Decades of manufactured climate change denial, political contributions and lobbying of U.S. politicians resulting in huge tax breaks to powerful dirty energy companies, and other tactics have propped up fossil fuels as the dominant energy sources.
Factor in fossil fuel industry-funded attacks on clean energy, and it becomes clear why real change or challenges to fossil fuel incumbency are difficult at the federal level.

US Solar Jobs Double As Clean Energy Continues Explosive Growth Around The World

Renewable energy continued its explosive growth in 2015 — and I don’t mean explosive like an oil train accident.

A new global record was set last year with the investment of $328.9 billion in clean energy. That edged out the previous high mark, set in 2011, by 3 percent, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

ACCCE PR Rhetoric On Low-Income Households Does Not Compute

The ACCCE PR robots suffered a bit of malfunction recently when attempting to spit out the coal industry's usual talking points. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst released a report last week which discovered that low-income households, and often minorities that encompass the low-income bracket, are disproportionately affected by coal pollution.

The report looked at the distribution of people who live within 3 miles of coal-generating power plants. Residents living within this range are the most likely to suffer negative health effects associated with sulfate and nitric oxide pollution.

Unsurprisingly, most of the people living in this zone are low-income or people of color. So how did the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity PR bots respond?


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