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9 Jobs Lost For Every 4 Created

I will repeat the title with the full quote:

“Spain’s experience reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created.”

Tony Blankley opines on RealClearPolitics (and elsewhere) that using government funding for creation of “green” jobs will reduce the net number of jobs in the US. If you are not familiar with Mr. Blankley, you can find his editorial work on The Washington Times, hear him occasionally on The MacLaughlin Group and he is the most intelligent voice on the nationally syndicated Left, Right and Center.

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Alternative Energy Revolution

I saw this humorous cartoon on Web Funny and thought you would enjoy it.  Click the image to go to their site and see a larger size image or go to the artist’s page.

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Wind, solar projects race to finish before tax credit expires

USA Today – August 25, 2008

Regardless of your thoughts on global warming, government waste and inefficiencies are something that most of us can agree on. To have alternative energy programs that are on or off, year after year, is simply a waste.  I understand the need to have finite limits to programs (except Social Security never seems to end) but they shouldn’t just stop.

Instead the programs should be weaned off of government assisted life support so that the economy can adjust.  Having these alternative forms of energy production suddenly cut off forces other programs to never start since the investors can’t be assured of a long and viable future.

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Follow up to Pelosi’s Energy Stonewall

I don’t have all of the details but it seems that some representatives are trying to force a vote on the US energy policy.  Earlier today I wrote about the delay tactics used by Speaker of the House Pelosi, now it seems that Minority Leader John Boehner has brought some representatives back into the chamber to try to force a vote (or at least get more attention to their cause).  Maybe we should have Mr. Boehner and Ms. Pelosi switch jobs.

I first picked this up on Power Line: “House Republicans Refuse To Go Home” and I hope that they don’t mind if I reproduce the majority of their post because it is quite interesting in the lack of ability to get the job done that resides in our elected representatives.

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Wind farm to be built off Delaware shore

This is great news!  We need more effort in creating alternative energy sources.  I wonder if they did an environmental impact analysis?  Were their “greenies” protesting or are they too busy blocking other green projects like nuclear plants?

Obviously, Mr. Kennedy doesn’t have a resort in Delaware!

Bluewater spokesman Jim Lanard said the power company will get about 16 percent of its electricity from a field of 150 wind turbines, anchored in the sea floor about a dozen miles off Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


The offshore site is expected to be operational within four years, but the timing depends on how quickly regulatory agencies can review and approve the construction project.

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Edwards, Obama, Richardson and Clinton on Energy

Alternative Energy Action Network – August 2, 2007

This is a compilation of various global warming positions and suggestions from 4 US presidential candidates on global warming. I wish that the author had done this much work on the other 14 declared candidates for either the Democratic or Republican ticket but that does not diminish the good work that he did!

Another site keeps track of positions of all 18 candidates and their position on a variety of issues, so you may want to check it out as well at Candidate Positions and its treatment of global warming.  The difference is that the Alternative Energy Action Network appears to go into much greater detail on a variety of sub-issues.

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Ford says hydrogen cars close to production

USA Today – July 11, 2007

This is great news. Regardless of your personal feeling on global warming, you probably want us to start using alternative fuels that are cleaner, safe, and don’t adversely affect our trading balance with the world (if you are in the US).

Hydrogen has been discussed for a long time as a great alternative fuel. This article discusses burning hydrogen (as opposed to using hydrogen fuel cells). I think that may actually be a more cost effective method of using hydrogen but I will let market economics dictate that.

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China Power Plans Biggest Corporate Renewables Investment

TreeHugger – May 9, 2007

Interesting article about some of China’s development of alternative energy sources. While this is a welcome development it still pales in comparison to their massive increase of fossil fuel energy sources. It is hard to be upset with China on this progress though. How can the developed countries of the world (USA, Canada, most of Europe) condemn China for increasing their production of pollution when everyone else did it unabatedly over the last 150 years. Condemning and hamstringing China (India, et. al.) I am reminded of a saying that my children often said when they were younger – 1 finger pointed at me, 1 finger at the devil, and 3 fingers pointing back at you.

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Seeking a car that gets 100 miles a gallon

CNET.com – April 1, 2007

This is related to global warming only in that most people that believe that humans are causing global warming blame our automobile pollution as the prime culprit. In this article, the X Prize Foundation is offering prize for the first automobile that is commercially viable that can travel 100 miles on a gallon of gasoline. This is a great effort, not only for the global warming issue but, more importantly, the reduction of harmful pollutants and the reduction on the US economy reliance on oil as a form of liquid fuel.

The same group that awarded $10 million to a team that built the first private spacecraft to leave the Earth’s atmosphere is expected on Monday to announce the rules for its automotive competition.

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Ethanol Tariff Loophole Sparks a Boom in Caribbean

WSJ.com – March 9, 2007

This is an interesting article that technically is not about global warming.  Since most proponents of global warming proclaim that we need to increase our use of alternative energy sources (something I personally agree with but for geo-political reasons – not environmental) this article is fitting for this site.  The article discusses the business of importing ethanol into the US since there is a fairly hefty tariff on such imports to protect US farmers.

His company, EthylChem Ltd., is just one of a rush of new Caribbean enterprises trying to serve the suddenly booming U.S. ethanol market.

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