Rick Perry wins GOP nomination

Russ Steele

Look, I am not indorsing Rick Perry, I am just noting that Jimmy Carter just issues the kiss of death to Mitt Romney. Jimmy Carter says he’d be “very pleased” to see Romney as GOP nominee. The only thing missing was a video of the kiss on both cheeks.

EPA to double down on clean energy and “Green Jobs”

Russ Steele

The story at KQED Climate Watch about EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s appearance on KQED’s Forum Wednesday.

Jackson told host Michael Krasny. “Green jobs are what we have to be working on with everything we do.” The message seemed to be that environmental goals will take a back seat, unless they can be linked to job creation.

Jackson wriggled out of directly addressing the backlash against President Obama’s green jobs initiative since the collapse and federal investigation of Fremont-based Solyndra Corp.

Jackson said only that this is “an important moment,” and that “We have to double down” on clean energy commitments, rather than retreat in the wake of one corporate calamity. “It’s more important than ever that instead of backing away, we continue to insist on investment by our elected officials in that sector of our economy.” [ Emphasis added]

Ignoring the reality that green jobs are a myth, the EPA is doubling down, spending more money in the pursut of this myth. The White House is rushing through $10 billion dollars in “green energy” loans this month according to a post the the Polipundit

It’s important to burn billions more of your taxpayer dollars to buy publicity for Obama:

The Obama administration is moving to finalize as many as 15 loan guarantees for renewable energy companies before the stimulus program ends on Sept. 30, and Republicans are questioning whether that could lead to more failures like Solyndra Inc., a company that filed for bankruptcy and may leave taxpayers on the hook for a half-billion-dollar loan.

The loan guarantees essentially make it easier for the companies to get financing as the government guarantees repayment in the event of default.

Remember, this doubling down is with your tax dollars. Why is that the Obama administration cannot deal with reality?

California loses 80 more “Green Jobs”

Russ Steele

When will it stop? Calisolar announced today it’s firing 80 workers from its polysilicon solar-cell manufacturing plant in Sunnyvale, Calif. The solar start-up was founded in 2006 and has more than 350 employees, but expansion will not be in California, according to an article at C/Net:

Just two weeks ago, Calisolar announced it was expanding into Lowndes County, Miss., to open a solar silicon production plant that will cost approximately $600 million to build, and produce 16,000 metric tons of purified silicon annually when fully operational. The company was offered $75 million in incentives to open the plant in Mississippi, and has the backing of Governor Haley Barbour.

“This innovative company will provide high-skilled, high-paying jobs for nearly 1,000 Mississippians, and the company’s decision to locate here further demonstrates our state is a competitive location for advanced manufacturing with advanced materials,” Barbour said in a statement.

Read more details at C/Net. Green jobs have proven tobe an unsustainable myth, the companies take taxpayer subsides and then the jobs vanish down a giant sink hole when the money is gone. Calsolar, may have learned an important lesson and withdrew it’s federal loan application and is restructuring the company to meet market damands. They are just not doing it in California.



Missing out on the Goricals Misinformation Telethon?

Russ Steele

If you are not glued to your TV watching Al Gore’s “24 Hours of Reality” then you are most likely checking out the truth at Anthony Watt’s insightful website Watts Up With That. Anthony will soon have a summary critique of the telethon. He and Josh have been live-blogging this thoroughly boring affair. Anthony and his crew deserve a pat on the back for carrying the water for the rest of us.

We knew that – but now it is official – no Obama tranparency

Russ Steele

According to the Columbia Journalism Review, the EPA to NASA, the FDA to OSHA, President Obama has failed to make science accessible.

 A survey of science, health, and environmental journalists, conducted by CJR and ProPublica, suggests that while his record so far is more mixed than the anecdotal evidence from journalists indicates, President Obama has clearly not lived up to his promise on transparency and access. As has been the case on many fronts with Obama, the expectations among journalists that things were going to improve were so high, a failure to live up those expectations was almost inevitable.

 Read the details at: Columbia Journalism Review — Transparency Watch: A Closed Door From the EPA to NASA, the FDA to OSHA, President Obama has failed to make science accessible.