The green revolution is more than a rumour. At one time we treehuggers were laughed at by polluters and bullies who controlled pop culture. But now times are changing and there's a growing interest among individuals and businesses to become more conscious about the environment and clean energy. This site will work on helping you stay up to date with these developments and how you can help spread the word about intelligent eco-friendly tips. For now check developments in 2016 Solar News.
Renewable energy is the core of the green revolution. The topic can be divided into solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and several other cleaner alternative solutions to lowering energy bills. In the past few years huge solar plants have been launched around the world, particularly in California. In June 2015, for example, the biggest solar plant in the world called Solar Star opened in Kern County. Other new solar plants have opened in Riverside and San Luis Obispo while San Francisco is building a solar desalination plant and Apple is builting a solar plant in Monterey.
Some interesting developments are radically improving solar technology. The epicenters of this development are at institutions such as MIT in Boston and UCLA in Los Angeles. Almost on a weekly basis, presigious universities and independent scientists are finding ways to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient.
The story of the green revolution deeply intertwines with politics. Its roots go back over a century, but the point in time when solar began to be drift into public consciousness was during the President Carter administration. Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House, only to see President Reagan remove them, setting back solar energy exploration by a few decades. Reagan and both Bushes were heavy backers of the oil industry, which went on to cause environmental destruction with huge oil spills, along with higher gas prices.
Luckily, President Obama and other green advocates helped fuel the solar revolution with tax credit incentives. Accompanying the rise of solar companies is the return of the electric car. These two developments are beginning to merge in some areas. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, for example, is also CEO of SolarCity, which installs solar panels. He is now working on building a factor to mass produce electric car batteries that can be integrated with solar home systems.
The government and big biz have known for over a century various ways to generate cleaner, more efficient and even free energy, but the pollution biz has had somewhat of a monopoly on energy until the 21st century. Many people are not only tired of high energy prices and pollution, they are also tired of greedy oil companies hogging huge government subsidies. The game is changing, though, as big oil companies, as well as Saudi Arabia have projected that solar will become a dominant energy factor this century.
You can now join the green revolution several ways. First, you can work on conserving energy if you use energy from a local utility that generates power from coal or natural gas, two methods that release dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Second, you can recycle and buy recycled items. A third way is to invest in alternative energy if you are a home or business owner. A fourth way to go green is to buy items such as solar garden lights at discount stores. A fifth way is to spread the word about environmental safety. There are yet many other ways to participate in helping fix this widespread problem.
The most important point to remember is to not give up or give in to peer pressure. You see, a high percentage of Americans are brainwashed by TV and other forms of mass media that promote polluter companies and products. You'll notice TV and radio are full of commercials for junk food, car companies, the oil biz, dangerous synthetic pharma drugs and all kinds of popular products full of dangerous chemicals.
If you think just because you see a product on a store shelf that means it's safe, then you need to take a deeper look at history. Asbestos, for example, was developed in the 19th century but was not banned until the 1980s and 1990s after decades of research revealed it causes cancer. The point is that sometimes by the time the government recalls an unsafe product, it's already harmed a significant portion of the masses.
That's why we all must approach synthesized products with caution while keeping an eye on more natural solutions to energy, home construction, what we wear and how we use transportation. The newspaper biz collapsed in the 2000s partly because of the internet, which can help cut down the cutting of trees to make paper. Look for more green infiltration in our culture as time goes on. It can only make the world better.
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