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Presidential hopeful McCain flip flops on Solar Power

When Senator McCain visited California in February 2008 for the California republican primaries he pretended to support solar energy by receiving his endorsement from Arnold Schwarzenegger at a solar power manufacturing company in Los Angeles. What a prefect place to fool Californians, since we’re so pro-solar down here. Well the California republican primaries are finished and Senator McCain is changing his tune! Today, McCain made it very clear that he does not support subsidies for solar power, although he did promote incentives for nuclear power (sounds a little like Bush to me). At an event hosted by REI, a major player in the outdoor and clothing industry, the CEO of the company explained to McCain what REI is doing to minimize their impact to climate change. McCain asked a straightforward question to the executives, “What do you want me to do?” The CEO of REI went on to explain that the company plans to install solar panels on their retail shops in Arizona, California and Oregon although there are no federal incentives to help with the costs. McCain’s response was shocking, he stated that he is skeptical of subsidies in general, although does support them for nuclear power and the oil & gas industry. He noted that the over-subsidization of the Solar Industry in the 1970s led to “some pretty shoddy material.” McCain said, “When government jumps in and distorts the market, then there’s unintended consequences as well as intended.” Then tell me why we give BILLIONS of dollars to big oil every year in subsidies? Is it because they are funding the McCain campaign? I seriously don’t understand this guy, hes from Arizona for Pete’s sake! There is an abundance of free energy falling from the sky everyday, and this guy is promoting nuclear power? Which is dangerous and could be used as a weapon in a terrorist attack! McCain needs to understand we need to follow the footsteps of the countries who have already established great energy polices and use renewable energy as a large part of their portfolio. Distributed energy is the future no matter if McCain is president or not, the people want solar power and solar power they shall...

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FedEx continues to reduce bottom line with Solar Power

When I was at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, it was interesting to see FedEx’s booth promoting their use of Solar Power. Today on the Official Earth Day, FedEx Freight has completed the installation of a solar-electric system in Whittier, California and is nearly completed with a similar solar power operation at its Fontana, CA location. Both systems are designed to reduce the peak time usage FedEx faces when operating their business in California. The 282 kW system in Whittier is capable of producing over 414,000 kWh of electricity each year. The CEO claims that they did it for the environment, although consumer research proves the majority of people / organizations who buy solar power do it for the financial benefits before the consider what the system does for the environment. Obviously producing 40% of the facilities annual needs from solar power is only going to increase the value of FedEx’s stock price. FedEx purchased BP Solar Panels (which we do feature on our shop, hint hint*) for their installation. It seems like all these corporations are sprinting to get their solar electric systems up and running before December, 31 2008, the last day a tax paying entity can receive the 30% Federal Tax Credit form the government. By the way, Happy Earth Day!! From the entire

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