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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 3:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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
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.


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.

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