Government Mandates Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:12 AM EST
    Bobby Bailey stands on a ladder as his co-worker, Christopher Bailey, no relation, hands up a solar panel as they complete construction on the O2 Energies solar farm in Newland, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:11 AM EST
    In this Aug. 4, 2011 photo, Joel Olsen Jr., managing director of O2 Energies, poses in front of the company's solar panel farm in Newland, N.C. The solar panels occupy six acres of a Christmas Tree Farm that rises up the hill. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:11 AM EST
    The O2 Energies solar panel farm grows in the front six acres of a Christmas tree farm in Newland, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:11 AM EST
    Bobby Bailey stretches to tighten a screw that holds a corner of a solar panel at the O2 Energies solar power farm in Newland, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:11 AM EST
    During a break in the workday, the construction crew finds refuge from the hot sun under a stand of solar panels at the O2 Energies solar power farm in Newland, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:11 AM EST
    In this Aug. 4, 2011 photo, Joel Olsen Jr., managing director of O2 Energies, talks with workers about the installation of the solar panels at the company's solar power farm in Newland, N.C. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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    Posted: 8/6/2011 11:36:11 AM EST
    Crews complete construction of the solar panel structure at the O2 Energies solar panel farm in Newland, N.C., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Of the 11 states that do not set voluntary or mandatory requirements on how much green energy utilities must buy, eight of those states are clustered in the Southeast. Supporters say forcing utilities to buy set amounts of renewable energy helps develop power sources that do not depend on fossil fuels, emit fewer of the gasses blamed for global warming and help create jobs and the development of new technology. Conservative politicians in the Southeast typically oppose government mandates and worry the efforts could raise energy prices in a recession and hurt manufacturing jobs. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)