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Editor's blog: Sign of the times

As we enter 2012 with more talk of funding problems and reduced financial incentives, it is apparent how the dynamics – and drivers – for renewable energy have changed, and relatively quickly at that.

When I first took this job a few years ago “climate change” was the buzz phrase. Report after report predicted a planet in dire need of help, and renewable energy being the answer to all our energy needs. Yes, we talked about energy security (better to generate energy at home than buy it from “unstable” regimes); and about how oil was running out too, so we had better find some other sources of fuel; and there was talk of how renewable energy would make us all more responsible with our own energy consumption too.

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