CHAPTER 2Empires of the Sun
Dirty Energy’s Petty Politics
The fossil-fuel industry and its allies in Congress clearly see the solar and wind industries as a threat and will try to kill these industries as they have for the preceding two generations. They want this to be a five-year aberrational period.
—CONGRESSMAN ED MARKEY, WIRED MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2012
PICTURE ME IN APRIL 2010, JUST OVER A YEAR AFTER BARACK Obama’s inauguration. I’m at the White House representing Sungevity at a lavish Earth Day reception, where environmental champions, such as solar pioneer Denis Hayes, are being celebrated. (Oh, how grand this all is: the manicured Rose Garden in bloom, the bow-tied servers, the slender flutes of champagne, the tasty hors d’oeuvres—real treats ...