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.
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 at the time 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.
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, prestigious 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, then the first solar panels were developed by Bell Labs in 1954. 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.
During Bush Jr.'s second term the Democratic House influenced passage of solar energy tax credits in 2006, that led to the solar boom. Obama helped fuel the solar revolution with further tax credit incentives and solar plant developments. Accompanying the rise of solar companies is the return of the electric car. These developments are beginning to merge in some areas. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, for example, is also CEO of SolarCity, which installs solar panels. Another rising solar company that has surpassed SolarCity in residential sales is SunRun, based in San Francisco.
The Obama Administration, however, subsidized the US "oil fracking" industry during his term to counter high oil and gas prices. It led to several new companies drilling in places like Texas and Nebraska. Even though it influenced OPEC to drop their prices as well, it has found to be very dangerous for the environment.
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 a monopoly on energy. Many people are not only tired of high energy prices and pollution, they are also tired of greedy oil companies taking 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. 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. A high percentage of Americans are brainwashed by TV and other forms of mass media that promote polluter companies and products. Zombies who watch TV too much think you're a nut if you talk too much about the environment, which is not what networks promote. 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. That's because Big Biz owns and funds them through advertisers.
If you think just because you see a product on a store shelf it's automatically 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 has already harmed a significant portion of the population.
That's why we must keep 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 helps 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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