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Hopes to increase use of green technology and create jobs

In addition to the recent $20 million the government gave to support the development of offshore wind energy, the Obama Administration is making another hefty donation to support additional efforts in renewable energy, but this time, it's for solar power. President Barack Obama is giving $1.85 billion to two solar companies in order to build new solar plants throughout the United States.

Obama's plan behind this new financial commitment is to create different avenues of renewable energy use and to also create new jobs for American citizens. His announcement regarding the donation for this project was presented in his weekly online and radio address on Saturday, which was one day after the U.S. Department of Labor revealed that employers, for the first time in six months, cut payrolls once again due to the possible end of 225,000 temporary census jobs.

The two solar companies that Obama has chosen to present the money to are Abengoa Solar and Abound Solar Manufacturing. Abengoa Solar plans to build one of the world's largest solar plants near Gila Bend, Arizona while Abound Solar Manufacturing will build plants in Indiana and Colorado. Together, these plants will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.

"We're going to keep competing aggressively to make sure the jobs and industries of the future are taking root right here in America," said Obama.

Out of the total $1.85 billion, $1.45 billion will go to Abengoa Solar, since it's Arizona solar plant will create 1,600 jobs alone and will be able to power approximately 70,000 homes. The other $400 million will go to Abound Solar Manufacturing. 

"Already, I've seen the payoff from these investments," said Obama. "I've seen once-shuttered factories humming with new workers who are building solar panels and wind turbines; rolling up their sleeves to help America win the race for the clean energy economy."

The U.S. Department of Energy announced some clean energy news as well. The Weatherization Assistance Program, which insulates and protects homes and buildings with energy efficient improvements, has already helped perform weatherization work on more than 30 percent of homes in 12 states. This totals to approximately 108,000 homes and is saving more than $47 million on energy bills. The program has also created 10,000 jobs. 

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy has approved another $76 million for energy efficient building equipment and technology as well as new training programs for commercial building operators, technicians and auditors.

Obama holds high hopes for these new programs and developments, hoping they'll boost the economy, and saying that "the administration is accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy and doubling our use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power -- steps that have the potential to create whole new industries and hundreds of thousands of new jobs in America."

The construction of these new solar plants are the latest efforts toward cleaner energy and employment under the U.S. Recovery Act

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By Daniel8uk on 7/5/2010 11:39:08 AM , Rating: -1
$1.85 Billion on stupid energy technologies.

Does this idiot not know that that $1.85 Billion could have been spent in fighting the evil terrorists; $1.85 Billion could buy the US world police enough ordinance and new troops to level 1000 civilian villages, but no, your incompetent government spends it on 'clean' energy.

It's disgraceful, why don't you Americans stand up for what is right, there are brown people out there.. and they are NOT being tallied up as collateral damage, sort your freaking shit out!!

RE: Stupid...
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 2:47:35 PM , Rating: 1
"why don't you Americans stand up for what is right"
Oh, we are in the process of doing just that. I hope we can plug the gaping, socialist, pie hole on people just like you. Spreading your garbage like a disease. You don't deserve anything good that is America.
What's next, are you going to kick a wounded soldier and call him/her a baby killer? You are pathetic.

RE: Stupid...
By knutjb on 7/5/2010 5:36:30 PM , Rating: 3
OK, we stop and let the dictators of the world unite. Or was that workers of the world...anyway...

We, Clinton, got weak knees at the sight of Black Hawk Down and pulled out of Somalia. Three days later Rwanda began their mass genocide. We, Clinton, refused to even acknowledge it as genocide in the UN. Look at Somalia today. Yep if we, the US, sit at home on our hands bad things won't ever happen. I would like to see others do it on their own but they don't.

You need to learn what really has happened in history. We bulldozed Japan and Europe and then we rebuilt them and returned them back to their people. We don't demand reparations from our loss of life or financial burdens.

Look at what France and England did to Germany after WWI. I know we had Woodrow Wilson and his progressives to make the problem worse.

Europe's history in Africa? Conquer, place the people underfoot, a steal all the resources.

Those in glass houses...

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