As the UN Climate Conference ended with a whimper last week, the U.S. continues to move forward in its attempts to curtail climate change.
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As Vice President of Executive Affairs, Tom oversees the departments of Executive Affairs and Research. He also provides legal services to SEIA as General Council. Previously, he supported research, analysis, legislative, and planning efforts across all energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Full bio>>
As disappointed as some local fans of the Solar Decathlon may be, it turns out this might have been a good year for the event to move out of Washington, D.C. While budget dispute clouds loom over the federal government and the Capitol, the biannual Department of Energy event is casting its own sunshine in Irvine, California.
When the U.S. Department of Energy held its first Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in 2002, Americans were growing nervous about energy issues for the first time in decades. Natural gas prices had skyrocketed, California had just recovered from rolling blackouts, and the events of 9/11 and our continued dependence on foreign energy sources were at the foreground in our minds.
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