A massive ray of hope on climate

To European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht:

As concerned citizens, we urge you hold urgent talks with China and develop policies that support jobs and innovation, and speed up the clean energy revolution. Tariffs, protectionism and a trade war would raise the price of solar and spell disaster both for the budding industry and for the climate. There is serious momentum building now for clean energy and jobs in a global green economy. We call on you to think of the future -- it is in your hands.
 
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Posted: 6 September 2012
Climate change is accelerating, but there’s a massive ray of hope: clean energy is booming, and producing nearly 20% of the world's electricity! Incredibly, the EU today threatened to stifle this breakthrough -- but together we can stop them.

In the last decade, China has invested billions in solar and used aggressive subsidy strategies that have sent panel prices plummeting. Clean green tech is now almost as cheap as dirty fossil fuels! But instead of matching that investment, our governments have cut back on renewables, while continuing their huge handouts to Big Oil and Coal. Now that they're losing the solar market share, a few companies are pushing the EU to slap tariffs on China -- a move that could kill the clean energy revolution.

Today, the EU Commission initiated an investigation into tariffs. Many in the solar industry and Chancellor Angela Merkel are against this move. Now, if we build a 500,000 strong petition, Avaaz will make a formal submission to the EU that could tip the balance. But we only have days before the EU makes its final call. Sign the petition to the Trade Commissioner calling for talks not tariffs.

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