Solar Energy in the United States

December 26, 1996
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JOHN O'CONNOR

Co-author of, Who Owns the Sun: People, Politics, and the Struggle for a Solar Economy.

DAN BERMAN

Co-author of, Who Owns the Sun: People, Politics, and the Struggle for a Solar Economy.

While the Mayan Indians fight to preserve their land and way of life, environmentalists in the United States continue the battle against harmful fossil-fuels and dangerous nuclear energy to power the nation’s homes and industries. The cleanest form of power is solar energy, yet 20 years after the Nixon White House pledged to diversify the county’s energy sources, Americans still rely overwhelmingly on oil, coal and gas. The authors of a new book on solar energy ask why and look at how America’s powerful multi- billion dollar electric utilities industry fights to keep things the way they are. Pacifica’s Larry Bensky spoke with them.


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