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A new survey in March by the Yale Project on Climate Change and Communication indicates that more Americans are now taking a serious look at the implications of an overheated atmosphere.  Democrats, Independents and Republicans will all be listening to what candidates have to say about Climate Change in the upcoming contests.  Survey administrators say the increased interest in the phenomenon is probably due to the fact that impacts are no longer viewed as happening somewhere else around the planet.  Americans are having to deal with droughts in Texas, Flooding in New England, rising sea levels in Norfolk and and more extreme and devastating heat lasting longer.  Climate Change is no longer seen as “global” but happening in our own back yard.

The most surprising survey result for me was the answer to whether greenhouse gases should be regulated.  Sixty-seven percent of Republicans now say they should be.  The Obama Administration has toned down its use of the words global warming during this term.  Instead, it is working behind the scenes on renewable energy research and implementation including loan guarantees.  However, some Republican legislators and presidential candidates are still ridiculing the concept.  They might be wise to start listening to their constituencies.  Sixty-three percent of Republican registered voters now say the government should provide tax rebates for clean energy projects and fifty-four percent say fossil fuel industries should be held accountable for “hidden costs.”

This is encouraging news.   It’s possible that the end of this recession will be the beginning of a new society made safe and sustainable by a growing renewable energy attitude and implementation.

Read the survey results here:  Yale Survey

Sam Kendall

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Audubon of Florida reports that a Houston based oil and gas lobbying group, known as Consumer Energy Alliance,  has been asked by Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos to make recommendations for a state energy policy.  The group will be holding hearings at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando July 18-20, beginning at 9:00am.  Topics to be considered include:

Energy use in the key economic sectors; Outer continental shelf energy development off Florida; Electricity generation and new nuclear power plants in Florida; Energy efficiency and conservation in Florida; Alternative and renewable energy production and use in Florida.

The hearings are apparently open to the public, however a RSVP is required to attend.  Please email Natalie Joubert at njoubert@consumerenergyalliance.org or call her at 202-778-2103 to make your reservation.  The Hotel is located at 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819.

The Audubon notice did not include any explanation why an oil and gas lobbying group was chosen to host these hearings and make recommendations to the Senate President.  It would appear imperative that renewable energy, clean energy, energy efficiency and natural resource conservation advocates plan to attend, including those supporting solar energy, offshore wind energy, ocean energy, biomass, ethanol, biodiesel, electric vehicles including trains and that smart growth, professional planners should also attend.

Sam Kendall

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This is an open thread for anyone who would like to discuss any issues surrounding the new solar rebate program – application process, equipment certification, qualified installers, etc. Comments from consumers, industry professionals, and state officials are welcome!

Craig Williams

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