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Renewable Energy Sources Like Wind, Solar, Tides, Geothermal, Hydrogen, Pumped Storage, Batteries, Can Preserve The Economy, Jobs And Drive The Recovery - 'Not Just Bad, It's Pathological': While Pushing Big Oil Bailouts, Trump Slaps Wind and Solar Industry With $50 Million in Old Rent Bills


RENEWABLES CAN PRESERVE THE ECONOMY, DRIVE THE RECOVERY

During the difficult months ahead, those parts of the economy where workers can operate safely with adequate social distancing will be able to carefully proceed.

Following the crisis, we’re going to have a lot of communities flat on their backs. Shovel ready renewable projects, wind and solar, will be ready to go in many rural communities and small towns, if we can get the permitting and paperwork out of the way.


In many parts of the world, including California and Texas, wind turbines and solar panels now produce electricity more cheaply than natural gas and coal. That has made them attractive to electric utilities and investors alike. It also helps that while oil prices have been more than halved since the pandemic forced most state governments to order people to stay home, natural gas and coal prices have not dropped nearly as much.
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TRUMP GIVES MILLIONS IN TAXPAYER FINANCED BAILOUT FUNDS TO HUGE FOSSIL FUEL MONOPOLY, BUT SLAPS SMALL STRUGGLING WIND AND SOLAR COMPANIES WITH BACK RENT BILLS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC





'Not Just Bad, It's Pathological': While Pushing Big Oil Bailouts, Trump Slaps Wind and Solar Industry With $50 Million in Old Rent Bills

"Robbing from a clean energy future to prop up the dirty energy past."

The Trump administration on Monday slapped wind and solar power companies operating on federal lands with retroactive rent bills.

While giving fossil fuel companies access to relief funds ostensibly meant for small businesses struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration on Monday slapped solar and wind power firms with retroactive rent bills dating back two years.

The Interior Department is demanding rent payments from renewable energy companies operating on federal lands, two years after it suspended rent for the operators as it investigated whether the Obama administration had charged too much. 

The administration plans to collect $50 million in rent this year from 96 companies operating on federal property—the same amount of money that a recent report showed is going to fossil fuel companies in loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As Common Dreams reported earlier this month, the oil and gas companies may not have to pay those loans back. 

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette also admitted last week that the White House pushed the Federal Reserve to open its Main Street Lending Program to the oil and gas industries.

Susan Hassol of the climate research firm Climate Communication wrote that the Trump administration's charging of "huge retroactive rents" for wind and solar operations while simultaneously pushing for tax giveaways and bailouts for the oil and gas companies is "robbing from a clean energy future to prop up a dirty past."

The retroactive rent bills come as the solar, wind, and geothermal industries have seen many projects delayed due to the pandemic. The crisis has left many companies unable to access federal subsidies and has cut the industries' projected growth for this year by as much as 10%. 

On Twitter, Doug Parr of Greenpeace UK called the administration's treatment of renewable energy companies versus its insistence on aiding fossil fuels "not just bad" but "pathological."

Earlier this month, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis called any financial aid given to the fossil fuel sector "a complete waste of money," especially after oil prices fell in late April to negative-$37 per barrel and prompted calls for the government to nationalize the industry. 
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/18/not-just-bad-its-pathological-while-pushing-big-oil-bailouts-trump-slaps-wind-and?

OTHER COUNTRIES ARE MOVING RAPIDLY AHEAD, AS THE US FALLS FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND, AS TRUMP FORCES EVERYONE BACK INTO THE AGE OF COAL, DIRTY FOSSIL FUELS, NUCLEAR





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Renewable Energy Sources Like Wind, Solar, Tides, Geothermal, Hydrogen, Pumped Storage, Batteries, Can Preserve The Economy, Jobs And Drive The Recovery - 'Not Just Bad, It's Pathological': While Pushing Big Oil Bailouts, Trump Slaps Wind and Solar Industry With $50 Million in Old Rent Bills
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