Category Archives: “Green” Energy
. FOX News: A federal audit shows that nearly a half-billion dollars in government funds was spent on training workers for so-called “green jobs.” The only problem is that not enough positions in the growing industry exist.
The findings – released in a June report by the Government Accountability Office – showed that only 55 percent of those trained were able to place in a new job, many of which were not technically green jobs. The $501 million in funding came from the 2009 stimulus law. The report also uncovered that the Department of Labor created a framework that led grantees to broadly interpret the program’s definition to include any job “that could be linked, directly or indirectly, to a beneficial outcome” which led to the gap between training programs and available green industry jobs…
…“The GAO report is just more evidence that the administration has no clue what drives a successful economy and job growth,” said Paul Chesser, an associate fellow at the National Legal and Policy Center. “President Obama tried to build this economic sector, but the buyers didn’t come. And now after the initial flurry, the ‘green jobs’ are evaporating.”
“All along the administration has stretched descriptions to the extreme so they fit the “green job” categorization. Pour cement for a wind turbine? Green job! Pick up trash? Green job! Lay floors with ‘sustainable’ materials? Green job! Congratulations – you all get taxpayer subsidies for your work!”
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At London’s Daily Mail, “Electricity to be rationed: Power cuts in 2 years unless industry cuts back, warns regulator.”
Britain could face a return to Seventies-style power rationing to prevent blackouts.
The disturbing news came amid warnings that the country may not be producing enough energy to keep the lights on by 2015.
Offices and factories could be ‘bribed’ to close for up to four hours a day during the winter to prevent households losing power.
Energy regulator Ofgem said the country faced an ‘unprecedented challenge’ as coal-fired plants are closed by European Union diktats on the environment.
Well, frankly, Obama’s war on fossil fuels promises to put America on the fast lane to British-style rationing. Perish the thought, I know. But it’s happening.
Despite occasional posturing that only a fool would take seriously, Obama has made it clear that he has no intention of allowing a significant reduction in the monstrous deficit that threatens to pull us off the cliff after Cypress. That’s why he thinks America can afford frivolous wackiness like this:
Envisioning cars that can go ‘coast to coast without using a drop of oil,’ President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to authorize spending $2 billion over the next decade to expand research into electric cars and biofuels to wean automobiles off gasoline.
Obama, expanding on an initiative he addressed in his State of the Union speech last month, said the United States must shift its cars and trucks entirely off oil to avoid perpetual fluctuations in gas prices.
Under Obama’s rule, the “fluctuations” have been consistently upward.
Corrupt biofuel boondoggles have driven up world food prices and possibly consume more energy than they produce. Electric cars, due to the massive environmental damage inflicted in the production of their short-lived batteries and the fact that the electricity to run them has to come from somewhere, usually from burning coal, are not significantly better for the environment than more economically efficient real cars. If electric cars made any sense whatsoever, the free market would be able to produce them profitably without coercion.
As usual, Obama claims that this profligate waste will not increase the deficit.
The initiative, proposing to spend $200 million a year on research, would be paid for with revenue from federal oil and gas leases on offshore drilling and would not add to the deficit.
But even if the entire $200 million per year is stolen from consumers of efficient sources of energy, causing gas prices to “fluctuate” even further upward, the drain on the economy will reduce the tax base as it throws still more people out of work, further increasing the deficit.
Every penny the government spends on anything increases the deficit, just as every penny it spends makes us less free.
On a tip from Bill T.
It seems logical that you can’t order businesses to use what doesn’t exist, but this is Obama’s EPA, whose leader, Lisa Jackson, invented a nonexistent person in order to evade the law.
A federal court delivered a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel agenda, ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which isn’t commercially available.
The court sided with the country’s chief oil and gas lobby, the American Petroleum Institute, in striking down the 2012 EPA mandate that would have forced refineries to purchase more than $8 million in credits for 8.65 million of gallons of the cellulosic biofuel. However, none of the biofuel is commercially available.
“[W]e agree with API that EPA’s 2012 projection of cellulosic biofuel production was in excess of the agency’s statutory authority,” reads the court decision.
API said refiners were forced to purchase biofuel credits for nonexistent gallons of cellulosic biofuel to meet the EPA’s mandate, reports the Hill.
“We are glad the court has put a stop to EPA’s pattern of setting impossible mandates for a biofuel that does not even exist,” API Group Downstream Director Bob Greco said in a statement. “This absurd mandate acts as a stealth tax on gasoline with no environmental benefit that could have ultimately burdened consumers
From Weasel Zippers: http://weaselzippers.us/
The Milledgeville area plant closing will cost more than 200 jobs. (The Telegraph)
A Georgia utilities company is closing 15 coal, oil and gas plants thanks to the latest Obama EPA regulations.
Georgia Power said on Monday it plans to seek approval from Georgia regulators to retire 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants in the state totaling 2,061 megawatts (MW) due primarily to the high cost of meeting stricter federal environmental regulations.
Over the past few years, U.S. generating companies have announced plans to shut about 40,000 MW of older coal-fired power plants as low natural gas prices have made it uneconomic for the generators to spend millions to upgrade the plants’ emissions systems to meet the latest federal and state environmental rules.
In a press release, Georgia Power, the biggest unit of U.S. power company Southern Co, said it wanted to shut units 3 and 4 at Plant Branch in Putnam County; units 1-5 at Plant Yates in Coweta County; units 1 and 2 at Plant McManus in Glynn County; units 1-4 at Plant Kraft in Chatham County; and units 2 and 3 at Boulevard in Chatham County.
The company said it plans to file its updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with Georgia’s utility regulators on Jan. 31.
Units 3-4 at Branch, units 1-5 at Yates and units 1-3 at Kraft are coal-fired units. Kraft Unit 4 and Boulevard 2 and 3 are fired by natural gas and oil. McManus units 1-2 are oil-fired.
The company said it expects to ask to retire the units, other than Kraft 1-4, by the April 16, 2015, effective date of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) rule.
From The Daley Gator: http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/
“If somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can – it’s just that it will bankrupt them” – Barack Obama
Via Washington Examiner:
President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.
More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.
The rush is a major sign of panic by environmentalists inside the Obama administration. If Obama wins, the EPA would have another four full years to implement their anti-fossil fuel agenda. But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo.
From Weasel Zippers:
No Wonder the State Department Could Not Afford to Protect The Libyan Consulate – They Were Spending a Fortune Buying the Failed Chevy Volt From “Guvmunt” Motors
Now I get why security was cut rather than increased despite the pleas of Ambassador Chris Stevens in the run-up to his horrific murder by terrorist savages. The State Department spent the money on other priorities:
In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.
The subject line of the email, on which slain Ambassador Chris Stevens was copied, read: “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”
Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. The purchase was a part of the State Department’s “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” initiative, which included hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on green program expenditures at various U.S. Embassies.
In fact, at a May 10 gala held at the U.S. embassy in Vienna, the ambassador showcased his new Volts and other green investments as part of the U.S. government’s commitment to “climate change solutions.”
In case there are any liberals reading, I will type slowly. Islamic terror is a real threat. “Climate change” is not a real threat.
Meanwhile, in Libya…
Before the terrorist attack that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, there were more than 230 security incidents in Libya between June 2011 and July 2012.
If you voted to put irresponsible moonbats like Obama and Shrillary in charge, their blood is on your hands.
According to Eric Nordstrom, a regional security officer of the U.S. Mission to Libya from September 2011 to July 2012, the State Department not only refused his requests for greater security, but actually reduced the number of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agents assigned to foreign service officers based in Libya. Ironically, as the State Department withdrew security resources, it increased hazard pay for its employees based in Libya by 5 percent.
If the media gave Benghazi and its cover-up the weight they deserve, by now the concept of Obama’s reelection would make people burst out laughing.
From Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com/
Matt spoils the good feelings of those Green folks! Green cars, might be PC, but they are worse for the environment! Matt notes that whatever Liberalism sets out to do, the exact opposite results!
When it comes to green cars, I feel obligated to invoke Quinn’s First Law…
“Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of it’s stated intent.”
You can’t argue it. The “war on poverty” caused more poverty. Since the onset of the Department of Education, education has gotten worse. I could go on all day, but you get the point. Liberals state that they are going to make something better, and instead make it worse. Then, they blame us for their failure. Here is the latest; green cars cause more pollution! The Lonely Conservative has more…
The Daily Caller reported that a new study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that “green” electric cars are worse for the environment than traditional automobiles that run on gasoline or diesel. I don’t even think they took into account what happens when electric cars catch on fire.
Specifically, the study found that electric car factories can emit more toxic waste than gas-burning car factories. And greenhouse gas emissions rise exponentially if coal is used to produce the electricity necessary to charge “green” vehicles, according to the study.
The researchers compared the overall life-cycle impact of petrol or diesel-powered cars and electric vehicles and concluded that the latter can significantly damage the climate.
“The global warming potential from electric vehicle production is about twice that of conventional vehicles,” the report said. “It is counterproductive to promote electric vehicles in regions where electricity is primarily produced from lignite, coal or even heavy oil combustion.” (Read More)
All together now, AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW too bad!
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