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Trump VS. The Sun

Trump or Clinton? The likely 2016 presidential opponents couldn’t be more night and day when it comes to their stance on solar.

 

This week we’ll explore what a potential Trump victory could mean for the future of our industry and compare it next week with the Hillary alternative.

 

While Trump lacks any policy track-records to corroborate him as a clean energy antagonist, he’s waged several legal battles and made a litenue of public statements that suggest he’s no friend of the sector.

 

To shed some light on his adversarial position, one can look to a 2015 interview with Hugh Hewitt where he stated his ideological beliefs regarding climate change:

 

“I mean, Obama thinks it’s is the number one problem of the world today. And I think it’s very low on the list. So I am not a believer, and I will, unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather. I believe there’s change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down and it goes up again. And it changes depending on years and centuries, but I am not a believer, and we have much bigger problems.”

 

WIth a perspective such as this, his previous statements like the ones on Twitter claiming the Chinese created global warming as a ploy…

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…or  when he told a Fox news interviewer in 2012 the blatantly false statement that solar takes 32 years to pay pack–well they don’t come as a surprise.

 

He’s even gone so far as to take a tilt at wind-farms saying they are “destroying cost lines all over the world,” though we can chalk this Quixotesque rivalry up to a failed legal battle against an offshore windpower company that was near one of his resorts.

 

If there’s a ray of hope in the event Trump should secure the presidential nomination, it’s that Trump is not known for remaining consistent with his public statements. And, looking towards some of the people he surrounds himself with for clues, one finds opportunists who will throw their weight behind an issue if it benefits them.

 

For example, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was recently charged with battery, was actually a lobbyist for a solar power company at the same time he was battling the government on behalf of Americans for Prosperity to fight earmarks against the same industry.

 

As a savvy businessman, it’s always possible Trump will see the economic incentives the solar industry has to offer rather than wage a costly war to reinvade iraq and take all it’s oil.

Author: Harold Tan

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