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Trump’s horrific pick for EPA boss Scott Pruitt is currently suing the EPA to stop the Clean Power Plan

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Donald Trump is currently considering several candidates with close ties to the fossil fuel industry for the role of US Secretary of Energy. While that’s far from being progressive since renewables are widely considered to be the future of energy, it makes some sense from a conservative point of view since fossil fuels are currently the main source of energy in the US.

It is a whole lot more difficult to justify the nomination of someone with close ties the fossil fuel industry to the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Yet in an obvious ‘fox guarding the henhouse’ metaphor, that’s exactly what Donald Trump did yesterday. Several news outlets are reporting that Trump finally chose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the agency. 

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Tesla made more money last quarter than the entire US oil industry made last year

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While there are nuances to the claim made in this headline, it is technically true since Tesla announced that it turned a profit of $22 million last quarter while the US oil industry managed to lose $67 billion last year due to its inability to stomach lower gas prices, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

I think it’s something to consider in this new political climate following the election of Donald Trump.

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Install solar power now to take advantage of 30% rebate before Trump takes it away

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Last night, the American people elected a climate change denier, Donald Trump, as their president for the next 4 years. Now Trump wasn’t elected based on his environmental policies, but nonetheless, that’s what the US will be stuck with for the next 4 years now that Trump and the Republican Party control the White House, the US Senate, and the US House.

Whether the US, or the world, can survive 4 years of climate change denial in US leadership remains to be seen, but considering that Trump warned that he will kill clean energy subsidies and all spending under Obama, we can get a good idea of what the short-term prospects look like for the clean tech sector.

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