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Pros and Cons of Common Renewable Energies

2016 November 02

Renewable energy has grown increasingly popular as evidence of human-caused global climate change accumulates. Solar, hydroelectric, and wind energies make up a large majority of the renewable energy sector, and are seen by some as preferable alternatives to fossil fuel and nuclear energies.

Renewable energy, despite not being the most prevalent subject during this election cycle, is still an important issue that deserves discussion. The four major presidential candidates all have unique views on whether or not to fund research on further developing these energies.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is in favor of government funding for renewable energies, and promises to “generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of [her] first term.”

Republican nominee Donald Trump has a different take on the subject. He has called wind turbines an “environmental & aesthetic disaster,” and heavily supports oil and gas energy.

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson’s doesn’t criticize renewable energies, but he does oppose using government funding to support them. On the topic, he says “In a healthy economy that allows the market to function unimpeded, consumers, innovators, and personal choices will do more to bring about environmental protection and restoration than will government regulations.”

Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s position is somewhat obvious given her party’s namesake. She is very much so in favor of funding renewable energies, even including it in her Green New Deal; she wants to  “Create 20 million jobs by transitioning to 100% clean ...

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Legislative Activities: Renewable Energy Sources

2016 August 26

Use of renewable energy sources is definitely a contentious issue in some states, with some passing legislation, and other states’ governors taking things into their own hands and signing agreements having to do with energy.

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