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  • Obama's push to implement 'Eco-Tyranny'

    04/17/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    Meteorologist Brian Sussman blows whistle on president's scheme The environmentalist movement isn’t about protecting the environment at all, according to meteorologist-turned-journalist Brian Sussman. It’s about destroying private property, controlling behavior, and expanding government – and the Obama administration has a secret plan to further all of it, he says. Sussman is now blowing the whistle on the real nature of environmentalism in his explosive brand-new book, “Eco-Tyranny.” He reveals secret memos from inside Obama’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, outlining a covert plan “to pursue a program of land consolidation” for the federal government to secure tens of millions...
  • Analysis: Obama's "green jobs" have been slow to sprout

    04/13/2012 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2012 | by Andy Sullivan
    ...Three years after Obama launched a push to build a job-creating "green" economy, the White House can say that more than 1 million drafty homes have been retrofitted. But the millions of "green jobs" Obama promised have been slow to sprout, disappointing many who had hoped that the $90 billion earmarked for clean-energy efforts in the recession-fighting federal stimulus package would ease unemployment - still above 8 percent in March. Supporters say the administration over-promised on the jobs front and worry that a backlash could undermine support for clean-energy policies in general. "All of this stuff is extraordinarily worthy for...
  • US-backed battery company's sale to Russian tycoon sparks anxiety

    04/07/2012 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 7, 2012 | By Julie Wernau
    Department of Energy invested millions to develop cutting-edge technology to power electric vehicles, but that know-how is now in foreign hands. "This is about the future. And the question is which nation is going to seize the future. Some nation is going to grab it by the throat. One of the nations of the world is going to lead the world in green energy and technology," Vice President Joe Biden said in January 2011 in a speech praising federal support for Ener1 at its facility in Indiana. That nation, it turns out, is Russia. A little more than a year...
  • BREAKING: Unseen Video Shows President Obama, Top Dem Politicians Praising Failed Green Company

    04/05/2012 12:45:43 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2012 | Tom Gantert
    A virtually unseen video has surfaced that highlights the high-powered political rhetoric and unrealized promises put forth by President Barack Obama and Michigan’s top Democratic politicians regarding the heavily subsidized and now-troubled A123 Systems battery manufacturer. The video, which had just over 600 views since it was posted in Oct. 2010 on Youtube, has Obama, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow singing the praises of the now-troubled advanced battery manufacturer A123 Systems. A123 Systems, which opened its lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Livonia in September 2010, saw...
  • Our Dangerous Dependence on Foreign Chocolate

    04/04/2012 10:18:18 AM PDT · by Ungarisch · 15 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 2, 2012 | Ernest Istook
    America is addicted to chocolate. Foreign chocolate. A majority of us consume chocolate each day. Although the U.S. produces only 6% of the world’s cocoa, we consume more than 20%. The threat is obvious. It’s time for government to step in and promote alternatives. Any day now, President Obama will be barnstorming the country to tell us, “If we really want chocolate security and chocolate independence, we've got to start looking at how we use less cocoa and use sources that we can renew and that we can control, so we are not subject to the whims of what's happening...
  • Unsustainable Green Jobs

    04/04/2012 9:16:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 4, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Apparently even college campuses aren’t providing green jobs anymore. A survey by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (Aashe) “showed that creation of new sustainability positions peaked in 2008, then dropped 31 percent in 2009,” Dave Newport reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education on April 6, 2012. Newport directs the Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. That actually might be a better record than the Obama Administration has amassed in its much-touted—at least by administration officials—green jobs program. The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA) found that “ETA and grantees...
  • How to Find a Green Job

    04/03/2012 1:04:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    AARP.com ^ | April 3, 2012 | by: Kerry Hannon
    For those of you looking for a job or a different career, there’s some good news: Green jobs — that is, those with an eco-friendly focus — are expected to grow in the coming years. What’s more you needn’t worry about having to have a green résumé. If you have technical skills in engineering, architecture, accounting, marketing or project management, you’ll find job openings at solar energy firms, renewable energy outfits and others. Interested? Here are five jobs to consider, depending on your skills and interests. Pay varies based on factors such as experience and where you live. Salary figures...
  • Labor Dept.: Americans hold 3.1 million green jobs

    03/22/2012 4:16:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 22, 2012 | by Sam Hananel
    At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation's total employment, the Labor Department said Thursday. The report represents the first time the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics has come up with an official count of environmentally friendly jobs, an emerging part of the economy and a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. Environmental groups cheered the report. The report makes no assessment of when the jobs were created. But the report is sure to add to the debate over how exactly to define green jobs....
  • JOBS WINNERS AND LOSERS: 'Green advisers' and nurses fare better than bankers

    03/09/2012 4:28:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    This is Money 9UK) | March 9, 2012
    Parents seeking to guide their children into secure and lucrative lines of work should urge them to seek careers as environmental advisers or in online publishing, the startling results of a study suggest. The world's biggest work and careers social network, Linkedin, conducted the study for the 'Economic Report of the President' in the US. Linkedin, which has 150 million users globally and 60 million in the U.S., supplied information to the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), which compiled the report. It used the vast amount of data on the website, where those signed up job hunt or...
  • Obama demands Congress end oil, gas subsidies

    03/01/2012 12:59:22 PM PST · by mdittmar · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Newsday ^ | JULIE PACE (Associated Press)
    NASHUA, N.H. - (AP) -- President Barack Obama, turning his political sights on snowy New Hampshire, demanded that Congress eliminate oil and gas company subsidies that he called an outrageous government "giveaway." Though politically a long shot, the White House believes the idea resonates at a time of high gasoline prices. "Let's put every single member of Congress on record: you can stand with oil companies or you can stand up for the American people," Obama said. The president also said GOP charges that his policies are driving up gas prices won't pass "a political bull-detector" test and pointed to...
  • Bright the latest Indiana electric vehicle startup to call it quits

    02/29/2012 9:37:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 29, 2012 | By Julie Wernau
    Just when it seemed like things couldn't get worse, Indiana received more bad news on the electric vehicle front Wednesday as another promising hopeful announced it would call it quits. Bright Automotive, which had plans to deliver 300 manufacturing jobs to Indiana by 2012 pending the outcome of a loan from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, announced Wednesday it has withdrawn its DOE application and will wind down operations in Indiana. In a scathing letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bright Automotive Chief Executive Reuben Munger and Chief Operating Officer Mike Donoughe described an overly bureaucratic...
  • Bankruptcy judge approves Solyndra bonuses (Taxpayers are still getting shafted)

    02/23/2012 3:47:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies · 1+ views
    boston globe ^ | 2/23/2012 | |Randall Chase, AP
    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has approved close to $370,000 in bonuses for certain employees of Solyndra LLC, a solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the federal government before declaring bankruptcy.
  • GE Employees Get Chevy Volt Electric Cars, All-Gas Use OKed Sometimes

    02/16/2012 10:58:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 16, 2012 | by John Voelcker
    Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars, to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees. A person inside GE recently forwarded a memo to us that covers some of the nuts and bolts of using the 2012 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. It's from the fleet operations manager for GE Healthcare. Among the interesting points: * All sedans ordered in 2012 will be the Chevrolet Volt * Crossovers and minivans will be replaced by electric-vehicle...
  • Federal funds flow to clean-energy firms with Obama administration ties

    02/15/2012 11:49:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2012 | By Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens
    Sanjay Wagle was a venture capitalist and Barack Obama fundraiser in 2008, rallying support through a group he headed known as Clean Tech for Obama. Shortly after Obama’s election, he left his California firm to join the Energy Department, just as the administration embarked on a massive program to stimulate the economy with federal investments in clean-technology firms. During the next three years, the department provided $2.4 billion in public funding to clean-energy companies in which Wagle’s former firm, Vantage Point Venture Partners, had invested, a Washington Post analysis found. Overall, the Post found that $3.9 billion in federal grants...
  • White House Pitches Renewable Energy

    02/10/2012 1:19:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2012 | By RYAN TRACY
    The Obama administration is attempting to persuade U.S. corporations about the benefits of investing in renewable energy in an effort to help the industry after a government grant program expired. The Department of Energy-led effort includes a planned March 13 meeting at which senior financial-firm executives and Energy Secretary Steven Chu would speak. The 79 invitees include some of the largest corporations in the U.S., from Exxon Mobil Corp. to Walt Disney. The idea is to tell companies with big tax bills about the "attractive rates of return and brand benefits" that come with entering the so-called tax equity markets...
  • Solyndra: Audit finds loan program lacked oversight

    02/10/2012 1:06:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 10, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
    Washington — An independent audit of the federal loan guarantee initiatives that backed the troubled solar technology company Solyndra failed to turn up the waste and broad incompetence that critics assert riddled the programs. But the audit showed the laws passed from 2005 to 2009 that established the programs in question at the Energy Department had few provisions for thorough monitoring and oversight of the loan guarantees once they were approved. One program created in 2007 did not “provide any requirements regarding governance and monitoring of loans after closing.” “Neither the statutes nor the regulations governing the programs specify internal...
  • Rosy Solar Jobs Projections Fail To Live Up To the Hype

    02/09/2012 11:26:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/8/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In the final days of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s tenure, the state Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth trumpeted the success of green jobs created in the solar industry. “Total job creation projected of 21,592” the April 12, 2010, DELEG presentation claimed. Almost two years later, the large majority of those jobs never saw the light of day. Even if they had come to fruition, they would just be a small part of the entire Michigan economy, says James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. For example, the state of Michigan created 218,137...
  • Navajo Leader Vetoes Green Jobs Money

    02/07/2012 9:46:42 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 7, 2012 | AP
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly once again has vetoed money to fund a commission aimed at developing green jobs. Shelly says legislation that created the Green Economy Commission doesn’t set guidelines on how it would work with the tribe’s executive branch, which has similar goals. He also says the commission is supposed to seek outside funding.
  • Sanyo to close solar factory in California (subsidies have run out)

    02/04/2012 1:01:41 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 11 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 02/03/12 | Ucilla Wang,Todd Woody
    Snips from excerpt website: Japanese solar company Sanyo plans to lay off about 140 employees in California, or about 40 percent of its manufacturing workforce in the United States, as it shifts its strategy in order to compete with large rivals, particularly those from China. The company, which is part of Panasonic, is buiding a large factory in Malaysia that will make wafers and turn them into solar cells and then panels. Panasonic plans to invest 45 billion yen (about $580 million) in the new factory. A fellow manufacturer in Japan, Sumco, announced Friday it would get out of the...
  • Audit: Calif. slow to spend weatherization funds

    02/04/2012 6:57:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 3, 2012
    The Obama administration directed $185.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to California to help families boost their home energy savings, create jobs and move toward energy independence. Oakland and San Francisco may risk having to return some of the weatherization money, in part since their programs were slow to start. In San Francisco, officials initially reported they had failed to weatherize a single unit by the end of last year but last month told the department the city had completed 300 units. At the end of 2011, Oakland had received $4 million in stimulus funds but had...