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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 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.

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.

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