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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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RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By spread on 7/5/2010 11:57:08 AM , Rating: 0
You know, when cars first came about they were WAY more expensive than a horse and buggy. What would have happened if people back in the day were so afraid to take a risk?

We'd still be riding horses and cleaning up manure off mud roads.

I think he's doing a good thing. We need less war and more involvement at home, and investment in clean technology helps everyone. It would be too much to hope this comes out of the war budget.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By carbon3c on 7/5/2010 12:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
You don't make sense, spread. Capitalism and profit drove the auto industry forward, and unions nearly destroyed it. If the government stopped spending, and lowered taxes, the people would do a lot more good with that money. Goverment is mostly waste.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By spread on 7/5/2010 12:36:05 PM , Rating: 2
That's true. But who can afford to buy a solar plant and put it in their back yard?

It's kind of a shared "purchase".


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By carbon3c on 7/5/2010 1:03:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's definitely a shared purchase, but not shared benefit. I live in Tennessee and won't benefit from the power generation or from the jobs.

If solar plants aren't cost effective and profitable, they shouldn't build them. Paying more for energy will only hurt the economy and our country.

I could have created more than 1500 jobs with $1.85 billion. Why should those companies get it instead of me? A lottery would be more fair than trusting our leaders to do the best thing. Tax payers will always be smarter than the government when it comes to investing and creating jobs. Too bad we can't keep more of our own money.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By LordSojar on 7/5/2010 1:12:05 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Too bad we can't keep more of our own money.


So you can spend it on a big screen TV produced by a Chinese/Korean company?

So you can spend it at Walmart, one of the biggest Chinese product import retailers in the US?

So you can invest it with amazing investment firms that invest in other countries to make more money?

Oh yes, you know exactly what you are doing with your own money.

Tell me, that amazing Bush tax rebate, that whopping $350 dollars. Did you guys start a business with that? Did you hire a new employee with that $350 dollars? Did you create one new job with that money? I highly doubt it. What part of the economy did that stimulate? Oh, that's right, most likely a big company that ships jobs overseas and imports the vast majority of its goods. Yep, you certainly know better than the government what to do to stimulate our economy with your whopping $350 dollar check from Uncle Sam. You have no idea WTF you are doing or how the economy functions, so stop pretending you do.

I'd rather they punched me in the face and gave me a bucket to piss in than $350 dollars. At least the bruise would last longer. Stimulate the economy with measly tax breaks that amount to less than 100 dollars per month? That's laughable at best, delusional at worst.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By carbon3c on 7/5/2010 1:30:04 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
That's laughable at best


You're laughable at best.

quote:
you know exactly what you are doing with your own money


That's right. It's my money, until the government takes it away by force of law. And yes I know exactly what I'm doing with it.

You make the case that we shouldn't decide for ourselves how we should spend our own money. Why don't we all just check into "the matrix" and be done with it? We only exist to serve the government right?

The government needs to stay out of our lives, except for defense, and possibly some national infrastructure.

When they passed the income tax amendment in 1913, congress discussed putting a cap of 10%, but they excluded that provision because they felt the American people would never put up with taxes as high as 10%. They thought we'd have a revolution. I guess you're right after all -- we're not smart today. We not only put up with the bullshit, some like you welcome it.

I'll make my own decisions, thank you. F*ck you, if you want to take that away from me.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By LordSojar on 7/5/2010 2:02:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't welcome taxes that serve no purpose. I don't welcome spending that creates no jobs. The United States government is corrupt and can't spend the money correctly, nor can its people.

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And yes I know exactly what I'm doing with it.


Really? Put your money where your mouth is then. Prove to the educated that you know what you are doing. I'm sick of the majority of this pathetic country thinking that they know what they are doing, when in fact, they are just naive and have NO IDEA what they are doing. Most of the things you buy are heavily subsidized to keep prices reasonable; by the very government you ridicule, I might add! Why don't you buy unsubsidized goods; pay the real cost of things for a while, and see if you think the government is such a big bad guy then. You take everything for granted when it's not seen or heard, but the second you hear about the government spending in an area that doesn't directly benefit you, you piss and moan like it's the end of times.

In your own words: F*ck you, just because it doesn't benefit your greedy ass directly doesn't give you the right to bitch and moan. Perhaps this benefited my company and my employees. You, like so many other Americans, are a selfish twat.

You know who needs to run the country? The people that push the boundaries of technology; those that progress society, not those that stagnant because of some religious zealotry or mindless bigotry.


By carbon3c on 7/5/2010 2:42:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a bigot. I applaud diversity. Everyone should be free to live and think as they choose, as long as it doesn't infringe upon the rights and freedoms of others. Likewise, everyone should be free to spend and make financial decisions as they choose.

You're the one who espouses financial bigotry -- intolerant of how individuals make financial decisions -- not me. Are you blind to that? Just go back and read your posts.

Religious zealot? You're so off the mark.

Funny how you want to misjudge me, so you can direct misplaced hatred toward me. Talk about bigotry.

I'm not about to justify my financial decisions, my government service (military), or the hope, comfort and welfare I've brought to the lives of many others.

You might believe that you're better suited to judge financial and moral matters -- but that's just more bigotry.

Funny, how you tried to label me with your own failing.

I'm done replying to your foolish posts.


By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 2:51:55 PM , Rating: 1
" You, like so many other Americans, are a selfish twat."
Sounds like you are auditioning for the Obama team, Mr.Pot.
After all, you are soooo smart band call yourself Lord. Laughable know-it-all at the very best. Stupid idiot and mindless drone, that is closer to reality.
Many of us are sick of your kind, so I guess we are even.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 2:42:29 PM , Rating: 2
"Tell me, that amazing Bush tax rebate"
Did you spend yours? Did you give it back or perhaps you gave it to some green start up firm? I'll bet not.
So fast to jump on Bush when Obama does much worse. I think you need to change your name to Pot or Kettle. You are a cancer on society. That punching could be arranged.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By LordSojar on 7/5/2010 3:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sounds like you are auditioning for the Obama team, Mr.Pot. After all, you are soooo smart band call yourself Lord. Laughable know-it-all at the very best. Stupid idiot and mindless drone, that is closer to reality. Many of us are sick of your kind, so I guess we are even.


Are you attempting to make a correlation from my gamertag/blogtag name to any semblance of real life? That's really sad...

Mindless drone? I'm the farthest thing from mindless you'll ever meet. You created another account just to bash me, which shows mindlessness at its best. Instead of continuing this argumentum ad hominem with you, I'll simply say this: Your argument (if you even have one) is based on a concept of greed and apathy, i.e. the American Dream. Capitalism is a flawed concept.

While you sit and bash me, some CEO (who hasn't really done anything particularly beneficial for society) is making more money in a year than you will ever make in a lifetime. That isn't deserved wealth... it's wealth earned from legal extortion, coercion, and political sway/power. You are defending the very people that take you to the cleaners on a daily basis. If anyone is playing the mindless drone, it is you. You are their puppet, spewing back their corrupt rhetoric.

I dislike Obama, but for real reasons. I dislike the United States of America's views on the measure of success; the greed and apathy that plagues this country. This country was founded to be a land where the government would not only defend its people, but provide for their welfare, as a statute of liberty. But that's ok to interpret the Constitution as you see fit; erasing Thomas Jefferson from the textbooks we use to teach children as an enlightened founding father is perfectly acceptable, right? Sickening.

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Did you spend yours? Did you give it back or perhaps you gave it to some green start up firm? I'll bet not. So fast to jump on Bush when Obama does much worse. I think you need to change your name to Pot or Kettle. You are a cancer on society. That punching could be arranged.


I spent mine on overpriced coffee at Starbucks and if I do recall, an overpriced cell phone bill for that 2 months thanks to telco companies ruling with an iron fist.

While no President since WWII has done anything really beneficial for this country, I will say this. Bush was an uneducated buffoon incapable of running a 7-11, much less a country. At least Obama is semi intelligent, though it's hard to tell with some of his decisions as well. And if I'm a "cancer on society", then society is pretty much doomed if they stay healthy, as the only end result of the norm is total self destruction.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 3:31:35 PM , Rating: 1
Face it LordTwat, you are here regurgitating all the things from your leftist gods you accuse the right of doing. You are so hollow it is amazing you can find your oversized head to pat. Good LordTwat, good boy. And now for my next trick......

"I spent mine on overpriced coffee"

Amazing, simply amazing hypocrisy here. Remember: GO TEAM!

CEO's can make what they are voted on to make by the board of directors. Last I heard, we in America can be what we chose to be. It's all up to us if we succeed or fail. I don't begrudge anyone making more than me, I'm not that childish. Someone will ALWAYS be better and make more than you do, get over it.
Grow a pair, be a man!


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By LordSojar on 7/5/2010 3:46:27 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Face it LordTwat, you are here regurgitating all the things from your leftist gods you accuse the right of doing. You are so hollow it is amazing you can find your oversized head to pat. Good LordTwat, good boy. And now for my next trick...... "I spent mine on overpriced coffee" Amazing, simply amazing hypocrisy here. Remember: GO TEAM! CEO's can make what they are voted on to make by the board of directors. Last I heard, we in America can be what we chose to be. It's all up to us if we succeed or fail. I don't begrudge anyone making more than me, I'm not that childish. Someone will ALWAYS be better and make more than you do, get over it. Grow a pair, be a man!


You can't be what you choose to be, 100% guaranteed. That is the delusion of capitalism. You have a nearly ZERO chance of that in this day and age. You will do what you must to survive, and if Lady Luck happens to smile on you, you might catch one of those 1 in million breaks. You don't choose what you will become or do, the system does that for you; the system of money, corruption, and greed.

Want to start a business? Good luck getting that venture capital. LOL. Want to be CEO? Fat chance without heavy political ties or huge amounts of corporate interest. You are on some very heavy drugs to believe that old bedtime comfort that you can be whatever you want or make of yourself; sorry kid, this isn't a Disney movie.

In addition, my views are my own. You are simply continuing this argumentum ad hominem, and I will no longer participate in an exercise in futility. You created this account specifically to troll me, and up until this point, have succeeded on some level (though it isn't the level you might have yourself believe). You know what the best thing about teaching at a university is?... I don't have to deal with people like you. Have a nice time whoring yourself to the corporate world, in some naive attempt to make it in this "American Dream" you worship so blindly.


RE: Bama didn't give $1.8 billion
By Kurz on 7/5/2010 4:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
WE don't have capitalism.
Open your eyes, its Keynesian Economics (Google it).
The government is holding you and I back from our potential.

Instead you see the government needs to prop us up...
Who props up the government I ask you?
We the people do, if it becomes to the point when we need the government to do everything for us. That's it we are lost and we as a country are doomed to failure.


By integr8d on 7/6/2010 2:02:46 AM , Rating: 1
He might be a liberal. But he's definitely a progressive. He might even be a Neo-Con (Republican version of progressive). Though for the Bush bashing, I'd say no.

The way things are today:

Mainstream = Progressive...

True Conservative/Liberal = the 'fringe' or 'extremists'.

The media will lump these things together to confuse the general public. But this is how it boils down...

Progressives on the left and right will bitch and moan about 'conservative' this or 'liberal' that. They're just arguing over who gets to spend the money. Remember, the country has only moved in one direction over the years. A Republican progressive may get in and tweak the tax code here and there. A Democrat Progressive may get in and create a new bureaucracy (in Bush's case, he did both). But they concur on everything. Don't mind the votes (especially, when one party is in a de facto minority). It's a show to give you the impression of a difference. Kind of like the WWF of politics. Behind the curtains, they're all buds.

Real liberals (Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel) and real conservatives (Ron Paul) are 'the fringe'. The media mocks them constantly and would rather they just go away. It might be helpful to think of them like this: Instead of left and right, think about a pie chart. Kucinich, Gravel and Paul represent a very small part of that pie. Progressives represent the rest.

When progressives talk about capitalism or socialism, they're not talking about them in the truest sense. They're talking about these things existing through corporations. Bush and Obama are really the same guys. Bush provided free-market capitalism through the corporations (Halliburton, Blackwater, etc.). Obama is providing socialism through the corporations (healthcare, bail-outs [corporate welfare], etc.). Either way, we pay for both. And that money goes to the greedy CEOs, as what's-his-face said.

So, you see, what's-his-face and a lot of other unfortunates, while right on a few points, are still missing the larger picture/believing in the lie. And the lie is 'that there's a difference'. Notice how he gets all frothy on Bush and then pull the atypical 'Well I'm not happy with Obama either. But at least...'. That's a sign that we have a believer in our midst. And we must help this lost soul.

Corporations/Banks run everything, kids. Doesn't matter who you vote for. Kennedy was the last president to stand up to the banks. He was the last.

@Kurz

Progressives love Keynes. It's the reason it's been taught by 99.9% of academia for the last four or five decades. Mention Austrian Economics and you might as well hand yourself an F...


By andrinoaa on 7/6/2010 5:48:21 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yea, what are the chances of you becoming president, ha? 200,000,000 to one I bet. So much for your potential. Your lucky the government is holding you up. You don't seem to understand you need each other. Instead of trying to improve on the system, you keep trying to destroy it. Its the ID , stupid. (forbidden planet, Dr Morbius)


By LordSooooStupid on 7/5/2010 4:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
You really need to read more instead of parroting the liberals. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of Happiness."
There are no guarantees you will succeed. You, as a self professes educated person should really get out more. It depends on many factors but mostly your drive and will to succeed. All these "entitlements" create lazy people and more liberals such as yourself. Stop trying to rewrite the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.

"In addition, my views are my own."

But you try to force them on others and rail when others differ. In essence, you are the embodiment of a hypocrite.
Thank you, come again when you stop taking it up the ass for the Team.
Whore indeed.


By sleepeeg3 on 7/5/2010 6:19:49 PM , Rating: 2
"I'd rather they punched me in the face and gave me a bucket to piss in than $350 dollars."
This can be arranged! Just post back with your address. ;)

You preach on about your empathy for fellow man, yet you think Americans are so stupid that we will all just blow our money at Wal-Mart. So then why would we better off giving the politicians our money to spend - it was the same idiots in America who elected those politicians, remember? Your hypocrisy is mind-boggling...

1500, $1.2 million jobs is not a good argument for higher taxation and I am not sure how you justify that to anyone.


By andrinoaa on 7/6/2010 5:38:05 AM , Rating: 2
carbon3c, unions don't operate in a vacuum. Count all the things you take for granted that were only given to you because of unions. Then count all the things big business ever gave to you through the goodness of their hearts. Stop making moronic one sentence assertions cause life aint that simple, simon!
Its a two way street. If workers don't make excess money to spend, the capitalist system collapses, (one reason why Russian communism collapsed) Without unions, historically, business would use slaves just as efficiently as paid labour. Patently, some countries pay their workers more and tax them more yet survive and thrive. One country comes to mind where technical excellence is in the blood.
The government clearly can't do everything, but to say leave it to capitalist forces to do the right thing without regulation, yea right, I'm fat albert too.


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