Friday, May 1, 2009
Think Green Thursday: Who Will Inherit the Wind?
Yes I know it’s really Friday. I can’t live by your calendar!
My friend Pagan Sphinx has started a wonderful, relevant project called THINK GREEN THURSDAY.
Last week I posted a photo but this week I wanted to get a little deeper.
According to moveon.org …
By the end of the year, China will be the world's leading manufacturer of wind turbines.1 The U.S. government's investment in wind is tiny compared to China's, and that means American workers are missing out on millions of new jobs.
U.S. investment in wind power lags far behind, but when it comes to solar power, the story is even more infuriating: In the 1990s, the U.S. actually led the world in solar cell manufacturing. But in the Bush-Cheney years, China, Japan, and Europe all zoomed ahead of us in solar production.
Obama's plan would aggressively scale up American wind and solar production—creating millions of new jobs and tackling climate change in one fell swoop.
But the latest ads from dirty-energy companies are scaring away key Democrats in Congress.
I know there are those who roll their eyes at anything from moveon.org but facts are facts regardless of who presents them.
At THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS leading experts in the field summarized the issue.
Indeed, when it comes to preparing our country to compete in the new energy economy of the future and create millions of new jobs, we lag behind most of our competitors in the rest of the world in a four key ways.
We have no national energy portfolio standard that encourages clean, renewable power and shifts away from dirty and dangerous energy.
We have an outdated electrical grid unsuited for the task of carrying energy from regions rich in wind, solar, and geothermal potential to the people who need the energy.
We don’t make dirty energy companies pay for the pollution they pump into the air; in fact, we give them billions every year in tax breaks.
And we don’t invest enough in research, development, and deployment to inspire our entrepreneurs and leverage their discoveries by helping bring their bold new technologies to market.
The NY Times has THIS ARTICLE that talks about how some are trying to derail Obama’s innovative plan.
For a tour of how wind power works – check THIS out. From the Danish Wind Industry.
The photo above came from GREEN THINKERS.ORG. A wonderful site where smart, talented people offer solutions to help our planet. In this case the wind from passing traffic is being harnessed.
The President spent part of Earth Day HERE. A small but important step in creating green jobs.