President Obama’s Clean Energy Agenda Taking Some Hard (And Unfair?) Hits

Posted on September 23, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

“To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology. … The United States is committed to strengthening our energy security and confronting global climate change. And the best way to meet these goals is for America to continue leading the way toward the development of cleaner and more energy-efficient technology.”

So said the President in his State of the Union address. Only it wasn’t President Obama. The words were spoken by his predecessor, George W. Bush, during his 2008 State of the Union address.

The “green” agenda that President Obama has been pursuing is a continuation (and evolution) of the clean energy vision and commitments advanced by former President Bush. And as our history has demonstrated for over a century-and-a-half, major direction changes in new industry and technology come with inherent investment risks. Such is the nature of exploration and discovery.

Which is why it is necessary to question whether recent criticism of the President is somewhat (though not entirely) unfair.

With the recent failure of California solar panel company Solyndra, criticism of President Obama on his green energy and green jobs initiatives has sharply increased. Among the more vocal recent critics is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He is even holding a hearing today titled “How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda is Killing Jobs.”

A recent report released by Issa’s committee strongly criticized the President’s push for green jobs by stating that “the metric of a ‘green job’ is nothing more than a propaganda tool designed to provide legitimacy to a pre-determined outcome that benefits a political ideology rather than the economy or the environment.”

The report concluded that “three years and nearly a hundred billion dollars later, taxpayers have received little return from President Obama’s investments in ‘green jobs.’”

Yet while the Obama Administration continues to get hammered on the issue, it remains steadfast in its defense of its investments in clean energy and green jobs.

“Our investments in clean energy innovation are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs around the country, developing entire industries and supply chains, and helping to make American companies to be more competitive,” said Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in a statement yesterday. Poneman is scheduled to testify at today’s hearing.

It is worth noting that while Issa continues what appears to be politically motivated pummeling of the White House, it was recently discovered that he has sought government loans in the past for clean energy projects in his home state of California, including a hybrid-car company and a lithium-ion manufacturer.

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Why on earth would anyone take seriously the arguments of these anti-science, evolution-denying, 6000 year-old earth believing ideologues who are the reincarnation of the tobacco industry apologists, moon landing conspiracy-claiming flat earthers?

And why is the MSM legitimating them by treating their opinions as anything but kookdom ravings or cynical appeals to their kook constituents?

Pres. Obama doesn’t seem to understand that solar energy is tied to new construction and remodeling. They are connected to a vibrant economy. So while trying to punish the “millionaires and billionaires” for the sin of success with economy-killing new taxes, he is actually hurting his own pet project.

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