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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 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...


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