Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Obama Team Is Oddly Quiet About Evidence That Renewable Energy Beats Nuclear in Job Creation

While Obama continues to support the dangerously flawed use of nuclear energy to create electricity for consumers (profit held up with taxpayer subsidies), the rest of the world forges ahead with alternative energy for profit and jobs.

WHY THE HELL even goddamned BOTHER electing a supposedly DEMOCRATIC President if they are going to turn out to be as squishy as this guy?  To say I am DISAPPOINTED is understating it by a lot.

The president who boasted that his election marked the moment when 'the oceans begin to recede' instead introduced an energy plan heavy on precisely the carbon fuels driving global warming. He focused on 'energy independence,' a theme underscored by his decision to open 750 million tons of Wyoming coal to new mining leases. That's the equivalent of running 3,000 new power plants for a year.

"University of Massachusetts researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute -- who are also consultants to the Department of Energy -- have provided data to the Obama administration that show investment in renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and biomass, would generate far more returns in American jobs than would investment in building new nuclear power plants.
The Obama administration, however, has steered clear of providing this fact to the American public."


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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.