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Dear Peter Blue Peter Blue,

No use moaning in Morocco after the US Election result. The fossil fuel lobby will be back with a vengence. Renewables and off-grid technologies have made remarkable progress in the last couple of years - riding on environmental concerns, driven by technology. Now perhaps it’s worth focusing on jobs, time to hammer home the message that renewables and related technology are already creating thousands of high quality jobs with the promise of many more - many the kind fossil fuel workers can easily retrain and adapt to. Trump says he loves a deal - we need to pull one together for him. On another note, our  Smart Villages Off-grid Energy Challenge for West Africa in conjunction with ECREE is still accepting entries till November 21 - you can submit in English, French and Portuguese. Please spread the word.

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