Bill Clinton on “Visibly Tattooed” Solar Workers, Unions, and Wind

“The more people with visible tattoos who advocate for clean energy,” President Clinton said, “the more success it will have in Washington.”
In a keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit, former President Bill Clinton recounted a visit to BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah solar power plant at which he observed many of the 370-megawatt project’s all-union construction crew to be both enthusiastic about renewable energy — and visibly tattooed.

“The more people with visible tattoos who advocate for clean energy,” President Clinton said, “the more success it will have in Washington.” And, he added, “You win the tattooed vote and we’ll have the damnedest environmental policy anybody ever saw.”

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2 comments

  1. Gary Wolf says:

    I’m not sure tatoos are the cure for what ails solar adoption, but standing up to hypocritical claims about renewable energy being a subsidy baby would be a good start. The anti-solar crowd says solar will never pay for itself, but when did fossil fuels or nuclear? From 2002-2008, fossil fuels got $70 billion in government support, compared to $12 billion for renewables — ALL renewables combined. Even ethanol got more — $16 billion. In the past 15 years, the nuclear industry got 10 times as much support as renewables. The average annual subsidy for oil and gas since 1918 — 1918! — has been $4.8 billion — AVERAGE ANNUAL for nearly a century! The solar industry is aiming for grid parity, weaning itself from government support to stand on its own — no leaks, no spills, no kills. But coal, oil, gas and nuclear have ALWAYS been subsidized and apparently ALWAYS will be in perpetuity, along with those industries’ environmental risk and actual harm. What’s TVA’s debt load thanks inj large part to nuclear? Something like $25 billion? Think how many solar panels that would put up. Instead, TVA is talking about reducing its support for solar, solar installation companies in Tennessee are going out of business, and green jobs are disappearing.

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