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At the 2011 Forests at Risk Symposium in Aspen, Colorado, Al Gore speaks on the world at risk. This excerpt is about climate science and how the facts are being distorted.

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Zhang Lei, of the Asia Development Bank discusses issues at the 2012 AsiaSolar Convention related to the U.S. Commerce Dept. Decision on China Solar Trade Policy. The Chinese are accused of illegally subsidizing the export of solar panels to the U.S.  Dr. Lei works in various Asian markets that will be affected by the tariffs proposed in the Solarworld suit.

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Shaojun Zeng speaks about current trends in Chinese manufacturing of solar products. Interviewed at the AsiaSolar Convention in Shanghai, China on March 21, 2012. One day after the U.S. Commerce Department made their preliminary ruling on the first half of the Solarworld suit against Chinese solar panel manufacturers, Zeng talks about what Chinese factories will be facing.

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Tom Kimbis, President of Strategy and External Affairs, SEIA discusses solar energy issues at the SPI Convention in Dallas, 2011. Solyndra, 1603 grants, and the future of the solar industry in the U.S. is covered.

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Matt Guyette speaks about how GE is building a solar manufacturing plant in Denver, Colorado.

General Electric (GE) sees renewable energy and clean technology as a prime strategic business opportunity in the years ahead. From building the world’s largest wind turbines right on through to manufacturing solar-powered carports and electric vehicle charging stations, the multinational industrial engineering and financial services giant has its fingers in just about every renewable energy and clean tech pie you can think of.

Now, GE is expanding its thin-film solar panel manufacturing business, and in a big way. In April, GE announced its intention to build the US’ largest thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing plant, this despite the oversupply and precipitous, 40% price drop that has occurred over the past two years.

Folks out in Denver, Colorado applauded an announcement Thursday night from Gov. John Hickenlooper that GE had indeed chosen Colorado, more specifically the Denver suburb of Aurora, as the site for the nation’s largest thin-film solar manufacturing plant.

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Sylvia Earle speaks on  the damage we are doing to our oceans and our atmosphere.

From TED.com:

Sylvia Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress and "Hero for the Planet" by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.

Earle's work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

Sylvia Earle is a dedicated advocate for the world's oceans and the creatures that live in them.Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health.

"We've got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us."

Sylvia Earle

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Earthup reporter, Jon Harrington, interviews General Wesley Clark at AREDAY 2011 on biofuels, renewable energy, and our nation's need to move away from imported oil.

From Wikipedia:

Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. (born December 23, 1944) is a retired general of the United States Army. Graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from theCommand and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and aPresidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate on September 17, 2003, but withdrew from the primary race on February 11, 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary, endorsing and campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry. Clark currently leads a political action committee—"WesPAC"—which was formed after the 2004 primaries,[1][2] and used it to support numerous Democratic Party candidates in the 2006 midterm elections.[3] Clark was considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but, on September 15, 2007, endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton.[4] After Clinton dropped out of the Presidential race, Clark endorsed the then-presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.

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Lielani Munter talks about presenting green living to the 70 plus million NASCAR fans.

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Naomi Oreskes, author of Merchants of Doubt, talks about her book and current events at AREDAY 2011.

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Phil Radner speaks of Greenpeace, Keystone XL, social activism, and personal responsibility.

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