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Biden Administration has announced a 2 year pause on any new tariffs on solar panels

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Have you tried to buy an American made TV?  Very tough to do – in fact, impossible.  There are things that we simply no longer manufacture in the US because of the high cost of manufacturing here, and the very low cost of container shipping.  

We do still manufacture solar panels here, but not many, and they are more expensive than the imports.  So the Biden administration faced a quandary: have no new tariffs on foreign solar panels, which would keep costs low and increase adoption, or put on a tariff, which would raise costs, slow adoption, but help American manufacturers.  I don’t envy them having to make that decision – because there is no right answer.  However – there is a right answer for the climate: no new tariffs.  And that is the choice that they have made.  

What does this mean for health systems: Get to work. 10 percent of health system emissions come from electricity use.  It is the largest single source of emissions. Switching to renewables is the fast, easiest, and highest ROI decision you can make. While the payoff is different in every state, typically solar systems pay off in 8 years, and then you have your electricity for free after that.  And by shifting to solar you shift electricity from an operational cost, to a capital cost – increasing your operating margins.  

While a full transition to electricity requires working with a utility – as Kaiser Permanente, Boston Medical Center, Intermountain Health and others have done – you can make gains simply by installing solar panels on your roof, on your parking garage, and on arrays on your campus.  Act now, and take advantage of this 2 year window of no increased tariffs.


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It has been quite a week.  Southeast Asia – including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh –  is having such extreme heat that it is decreasing crop yields by up to 15%.  India ended its wheat exports for fear that it will not have enough to feed its own people. And of course – the heat itself

Healthcare Climate ActionWorks quickly reduces health system emissions by 10%

Getting your health system to net zero emissions will be no easy task.  60-80% of a health system’s emissions come from the supply chain.  Clearly systems will need to set new emissions reductions criteria for suppliers and GPOs.  For the other 20-40 of a health system’s emissions – which are those emissions that your health

Supreme Court Decision: Limit the EPA’s Authority to Regulate Climate Emissions

By now you have read a lot about the Supreme Court decision to limit the EPA’s authority to regulate climate emissions. I cannot say I am shocked. One of our beliefs at Healthcare Climate ActionWorks is that the solution to climate change will not come from the international meetings, or from the federal government, or from