Spain & Donald Trump: Cleantech Chief & Laggard Of The Week

It’s an uncommon version of “Cleantech Chief & Laggard Of The Week” this week. We’ve bought a rustic to spotlight, not precisely for breaking information however relatively for long-term enchancment that has made itself extra evident this previous week. After which we’ve bought a relatively well-known (or notorious) individual. Let’s begin with the dangerous information first.

Donald Trump Assaults Electrical Automobiles

There was a time frame when Donald Trump was all reward for Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Nevertheless, as quickly as Musk had some not good issues to say about Trump (that it was time to maneuver previous Trump and that type of factor), Trump was all adverse. Moreover, Musk has gotten behind the one who presently seems to be Trump’s largest problem within the Republican main for the 2024 presidential nomination — Ron DeSantis. (Reportedly, that’s as a result of DeSantis is extra average, however there’s quite a lot of proof he’s not notably completely different from Trump in his extremism, and has even been extra of an extremist on some subjects. However that’s a subject for an additional day.) Now, this feud has taken a transparent flip towards EV bashing.

Donald Trump has by no means been a supporter of unpolluted applied sciences. He has lengthy complained about wind generators, energy-efficient home equipment, low-flow water applied sciences, and LED bulbs. He pulled the US out of the Paris local weather accords, which ultimately led to the US being the one nation on this planet not signed on to the accords. And he tried to take away California’s proper, which the state had because the Clear Air Act got here to being, to set stricter air high quality requirements inside its borders than within the nation extra broadly. With this feud between Trump and Musk now in bloom, Trump has taken to bashing electrical automobiles, spreading misinformation about them, and saying that he’ll cancel all federal incentives for electrical automobiles if he will get elected once more. He additionally known as Musk “one other bullshit artist.”

Musk says, “It’s time for Trump to hold up his hat & sail into the sundown.” It’s gone time for that.

Spain Leads World In Photo voltaic Electrical energy

On to the excellent news. Wanting into latest studies from the Worldwide Vitality Company (IEA) and Nationwide Renewable Vitality Laboratory (NREL), the obvious story on the subject of solar energy deployment world wide was that China is deploying huge quantities of solar energy. Nevertheless, when I discovered the charts on solar energy deployment relative to general electrical energy technology, I noticed that China (round 6% of electrical energy coming from photo voltaic) was barely above the world common (and the US, second in complete solar energy deployments, was somewhat under common at 5%). The nation that stood out above the remainder was Spain.

Spain is almost as much as 20% of its electrical energy coming from solar energy. It’s a few proportion factors above #2 Greece and much above the worldwide common of ~6%. That is the results of years of solar energy deployment, in fact, however this week appeared like a great one to spotlight Spain’s management on that entrance. Additionally, on that entrance, quite a lot of it actually comes right down to the residents of Spain. Insurance policies have been a bit up and down over time, however Spain’s individuals have pushed by means of the challenges and put Spain #1 on this planet on this class.

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