Archive for January 29th, 2010|Daily archive page

Solar Energy Technology and Clean Energy Jobs

The Potential for Solar is There

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee January 28th, 2010

No one is against solar. The potential for job creation and energy production is undebatable. The only thing that needs to be figured out is the details. Furthermore, the question also remains on what to do with conventional energy sources. Sen Inhofe stated in his opening statement that to promote clean energy, it is not necessary to hammer at fossil fuels. Energy companies invest in renewables by themselves. He believes that cap and trade is not the way to go and he stated that there just aren’t enough votes. Sen. Barrasso partly reflected this view by saying that new requirements on fossil fuels would be burdensome.
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ARPA-E Hearing

ARPA-E, Jobs and Beating China

House Science and Technology Commitee Jan 27th, 2009

As the title suggests, the general topic revolved around three core issues. The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), creating jobs and beating China. This hearing was in essence a one year progress report of the ARPA-E whose purpose is to promote and fund research and development of advanced energy technologies. It’s modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which gave us the internet and GPS.

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“Seems Like”

More from the SOTU (emphasis added):

They don’t understand why it seems like bad behavior on Wall Street is rewarded, but hard work on Main Street isn’t; or why Washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems

The Federal government did a bail out, but didn’t nationalize, or set conditions on executive pay. Today Wall Street and the banks have recovered much more then the public at large. So how else are people supposed to see things?

Obama did a good job laying out a vision for improvement moving forward, but there’s no point in soft selling the last year.