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Silicon Valley’s Melting SunPower Cuts 2,500 Solar Tech Jobs

San Jose-based SunPower Corp. will slash 25 percent of its total workforce as one of the prime beneficiaries of President Barack Obama blowing $200 billion of taxpayer cash to increase renewable energy by 1 percent of total energy consumption.

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Solar Energy Lobby’s Texas Goals Clouded by Bankruptcies

A leading solar power lobbying organization’s promises of growth in Texas continue to sit under a cloud of economic challenges. Amid cheap natural gas prices and established wind farms in much of the solar-friendly regions, solar panel arrays are proving a tough sell.

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Greens Blast Jerry Brown for Rooftop Solar Snub

California Gov. Jerry Brown may be strutting his stuff at the Paris climate change conference, but environmentalists are fuming over the exclusion of rooftop solar panels from the Golden State’s renewable energy plans.

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On Climate Change, Catholic Leaders Must Believe in Miracles

For the first time, “Catholic leaders representing all regional and national bishops conferences” have come together in a “joint appeal.” According to reporting in the New York Times, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, India, called the October 26 meeting at the Vatican a “historic occasion.” What brought all these Catholic leaders together for the first time? Not the refugee crisis in Europe. Not the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Not a prayer meeting or a Bible study. It was climate change.

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Solar Companies Win, Taxpayer’s Lose

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, released in its final form on Monday, August 3, sparked jubilation in the solar industry. The same day, however, some other news reminded the public of what happens when government policy mandates and incentivizes a favored energy source: Taxpayer dollars are gobbled up and investors lose out.