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Change isn’t a spectator sport: Renewable energy can happen without Washington

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BY MATT TOMICH, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR

You don’t have to invoke any new political divisions to explain President Trump’s roll-back of Obama’s Clean Power Plan or his reversal of Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Feeding fossil fuels and starving clean energy is established orthodoxy; it comes straight out of the Reagan and Bush playbooks.

In fact, the only thing that’s new and evolving about Trump’s energy policy is the context. Climate change impacts are accelerating visibly; so is the growth of renewable energy. With or without the administration’s help, energy policy must evolve to reflect this new reality.

Meanwhile, Trump’s proposals are old energy policy.  His budget plan would gut Obama’s environmental and energy programs just as Reagan did Carter’s. Reagan slashed renewables R&D 85 percent, rolled back fuel efficiency standards and killed the wind investment tax credit, effectively strangling renewables in their cradle.

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