Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weekend News

 Kliphnote: I know many of Obama's lap dogs think that he invented solar and wind and other alternative energy sources. Maybe Obama told them he did.
But as you can see it has been mentioned since at least when 
Nixon was president.
The idea is to make alternative energy cost competitive with oil.

But Obama wants the opposite, he wants to increase oil prices to 
compete with alternative energy prices.
Who will be effected the most by high gas prices?
The poor and middle class.
Wake up America, before it's too late.

President George W. Bush had reinstatements or extensions of the production tax credit for wind: Job Creation and Workers Assistance Act of 2002, The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004, Tax Relief and health Care Act of 2006

The Bush administration has installed the first-ever solar electric system on the grounds of the White House. The National Park Service, which manages the White House complex, installed a nine kilowatt, rooftop solar electric or photovoltaic system, as well as two solar thermal systems that heat water used on the premises.

Richard Nixon: Special Message to the Congress on Energy Resources

President Richard M. Nixon
The American Presidency Project
June 4, 1971
In this speech, President Nixon outlined some of his energy policies. Nixon stated that "A sufficient supply of clean energy is essential if we are to sustain healthy economic growth and improve the quality of our national life." Among other things, Nixon suggested that the U.S. "[b]egin work to modernize and expand our uranium enrichment capacity."

Is George Bush a Closet Green?

Design / Sustainable Product Design
February 19, 2007

Only your dispassionate Canadian correspondent could write this without colour or favour, but is it possible that George Bush is a secret Green? Evidently his Crawford Winter White House has 25,000 gallons of rainwater storage, gray water collection from sinks and showers for irrigation, passive solar, geothermal heating and cooling. "By marketplace standards, the house is startlingly small," says David Heymann, the architect of the 4,000-square-foot home. "Clients of similar ilk are building 16-to-20,000-square-foot houses."

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter had 32 panels installed atop the White House to capture the sun’s heat. Thirty-odd years later, at least one of the panels still works, warming up in the Northeastern sunlight of Boston and sending steam heat out of a spigot on September 8, en route down the east coast from its temporary home at Unity College in Maine.

Republicans break with Bush on ethanol

ST. PAUL | Mon Sep 1, 2008 10:07pm EDT
(Reuters) - U.S. Republicans called on Monday for an end to a controversial requirement that gasoline contain a set amount of ethanol, a policy backed by the Bush administration that critics say has helped drive up world food prices.
Associated Press | 1 month ago

Germany to cut subsidies for solar power

Germany plans to reduce government subsidies supporting solar power by up to 30 percent within a year because higher-than-expected demand has made the scheme far more costly than authorities initially expected.
The country's drive to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster has led to a boom in solar power installations last year that vastly exceeded the government's forecasts.
Owners of solar power installations in Germany receive a guaranteed above-market price for the electricity they sell to the energy grid. That amounted last year to a subsidy of some euro6 billion ($7.9 billion), which is financed through a levy on every household's electricity bill.

Solar industry faces subsidy cuts in Europe

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Across Europe, governments are slashing public spending to cut their deficits, and green-energy subsidies are a target, too, even as solar power accelerates in the United States, helped by sympathetic federal policies and an increase in subsidies that came as part of the federal stimulus program.
Advocates say that in sunny regions, solar energy is within several years of becoming cost-competitive with fossil-fuel power — if solar companies can stay in business in the meantime. Several companies have already declared bankruptcy. Others say they’ll give up on Europe and focus on developing countries, where poor infrastructure makes solar panels that work off the grid a cost-effective competitor to diesel generators.
In December alone, Germany installed nearly as much solar capacity as the United States has in total, fueled by the subsidies that solar companies admit sometimes made it possible not to worry whether there was sufficient demand in a given area for the power they would produce. Germany’s hardscrabble East turned old Communist-era military bases into power plants. Some solar companies became experts at digging up unexploded munitions to make way for fields of photovoltaic panel

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