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.
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