Environmental and energy issues became one of the central issues of the 2008 U.S. presidential election. While the economy itself took center stage, energy issues were right behind it, being pushed by the insufferable chant of “Drill baby drill.” In the four years that have followed, the U.S. has seen a boom in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the worst oil spill in our history, skyrocketing (and then plummeting) gas prices, a disastrous oil pipeline plan that threatens the safety of our aquifers, and a Republican-led assault on environmental safety standards.
Konarka Technologies, a developer of thin-film solar panels, has filed for bankruptcy and will begin to liquidate its assets immediately.
The first solar panels ever installed, were photo-voltaic solar panels mounted on military satellites and blasted into space from Cape Kennedy, Florida during the 'Space Race' of the 1960's.
The United States, which has been lagging behind Europe – and, surprisingly, China – for most of the last decade in regard to building energy efficiency, has received a boost this week from the Institute for Market Transformation, or IMT, which issued a report that represents a comprehensive review of building energy efficiency measures to date. IMT is a nonprofit NGO vested in energy efficiency, “green” building, and environmental protection.