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Federal spending on clean energy falls short on jobs, but wind and solar advance

The Kansas City Star -- WASHINGTON -- What has America gotten so far from President Barack Obama’s spending on clean energy, and has it been worth the cost?

The multibillion-dollar outlays of the past four years had equally big goals: putting people to work right away, but also future jobs in a growing global endeavor to cut pollution and the risks from climate disruption.

The federal spending has become an issue in the 2012 campaign. Republicans say the federal government squandered taxpayers’ money, whether it was on $27-a-gallon biofuels for a test of an aircraft carrier battle group last month, subsidies for renewable energy or the taxpayers’ loss of $535 million to the bankrupt solar manufacturer Solyndra.

Four years ago, the Democrats’ promises on clean energy were all about jobs. As Obama took office


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:06:55 PM


Very inappropriate comments Blazer197. Have nothing to to do with the topic of this thread which is government spending, jobs, wind and solar!

Actually nobody uses the term 'Commies' anymore except the old timers who are still fighting the Cold war....as there are so few of them left. You are out of step with the future.
carranco
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 9:39:53 PM

What we have gotten is more debt.
must87searcher
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 4:45:54 PM

There are a lot of ups and downs with the ideas/theories that politics use. Sometimes the answers make are very effective and other times are level and some have negative effects as well. We just have too wait and see what will happen. Since these theories have are ups to so much question and argument, I stay out of it. Mistakes are always possible, and with politics, the changes can be at time high.
JimL1
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 3:25:28 PM

You are spending too much, you are spending too little, you should have put it here, no you should have put it there, etc. Monday morning quarterbacks are useless as teats on a boar hog. All the complaints are political B.S!
night_raider
Rookie Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 1:09:10 PM

its not so much the government wasting the money as much as it is the companies that are taking the money and running. yes its partly the governments job to regulate that as good as possible but there really is no way to know what a company is ultimatly going to do with that money.
efwosu
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 12:58:20 PM

The minute Romney is elected you will see the economy spike. The Clown in the WH hasn't a clue how the economy works, and furthermore, doesn't care.

Hey Snappy, what barricades were there when your libtards controlled both Congress and the WH?
snappytom2
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 12:47:36 PM

It is hard to progress down a road littered with republican barricades.
fatboy97
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 12:30:25 PM

"What has America gotten so far from President Barack Obama’s spending"... a Country that has over spent, and much farther in debt!!!

We need a CHANGE in November!!!!
GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 12:02:08 PM

NoBama doesn't have a clue.
RogerB
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:38:03 AM

Obama’s spending on clean energy has HURT the economy, rather than helping it as promised.

He's got it backwards.

We need to improve the economy, then perhaps we could afford some of the new technologies!
Holly123
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:28:33 AM

Just wrong ....
RochBear
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:24:16 AM

Conservation is a big thing we ALL need to do, especially the President. Air Force 1 uses a LOT of petroleum Jet fuel.

The president should be LEADING by example. Instead of Flying some place to give a speech, why not simply do a web video instead! It would be nice if the politicians would join the 21st century!
mickealo
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:15:14 AM

well government in busness is just wrong
curlypooh
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:12:15 AM

OBOMBUS is full of BS and hot air. Give him 4 more years to fly around and do more of nothing. That's what the new slogan "FORWARD" means. Forward into oblivion!
seahawks
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:08:49 AM

tax payer'smoney at work again!!!
repeater1
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:08:48 AM

Politics as usual.
GasSpy007
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:07:28 AM

yawn
arcaneradio
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:07:13 AM

Obama has spent the majority of the stimulus outside this country.
It has done nothing to create jobs here, and most of the solar companies he bankrolled are bankrupt. He is determined to destroy our economy.
babyjudy
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:07:03 AM

Why is this any different than anything coming out of DC?
bikechuck
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:06:23 AM

We have 'jumped the gun' on clean energy, in the future it will be needed but this premature move has created economic problems and a huge debt.
svspyda
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:06:14 AM

yes.
planoiceman
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:03:30 AM

how many $Billions have been wasted on Obama cronyism?
CAroadrunner101
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:03:14 AM

hmmm...
ciimike
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:02:35 AM

In a nutshell, majority of spending has been wasted on inefficient fuel processes.
rhughes1691
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:00:46 AM

not so much news as commentary, which is fine, but so what?
ScottTee
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:00:41 AM

the federal government wastes ALL our money, not just what is spent on clean energy.
YodaON
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:00:15 AM

ok
bullfrog42
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:55:54 AM

OK
DarthDadJr
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:53:40 AM

The issue of the military using biofuels is to test their use and to ensure they are safe...no one is forceing the military to switch to a fuel that currently costs $27/gal...this will ensure the military has the flexibility to use it in the future.
tes283
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:50:16 AM

"This article sounds like it was paid for by the Obama Re-election Campaign, doesn't it?"

yup.

I believe in the alternate fuels but only a small part of the increase in the budget was for those fuels.
Car54BC08
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:46:58 AM

They have just wasted tax payer's money
NotmeuQc
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:46:50 AM

I agree with CPayZombie.
mackconsult
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:46:31 AM

Not good
lll4386
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:45:49 AM

Nobama
bra0712
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:45:09 AM

Arizona needs to give more tax credits for solar energy
Gascapade
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:43:55 AM

Well then, let's all continue to be complete and utter imbeciles and continue to be lackeys of the corrupt, colluded, rampantly speculated, and price manipulated crude oil market.....
bluebird1
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:43:27 AM

Did anyone really believe the jobs part of this????
91Hilux
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:43:01 AM

I agree, post political opinions where people actually want to hear/see them. (not here).

I don't agree with the government propping up industries with our tax dollars when they can't survive on their own merit.
CPayZombie
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:42:45 AM

bicycler -- "Post politicl opinion and wishes elsewhere, please"

Why? The article is about Obama and his policies.
bicycler
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:40:43 AM


Blazer197; Post politicl opinion and wishes elsewhere, please
I do hope that Solar and wind continue to advance

[Edited by: bicycler at 8/13/2012 11:44:09 AM EST]
FedupwithGreed
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:40:37 AM

OK
CPayZombie
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:40:08 AM

"Has it been worth the cost?"

The EPA, under federal guidelines, is forcing power companies to invest in expensive "green" energies. This forces the power companies to increase rates to all customers in order to pay for the mandate. Thanks to the Obamanation, I am now pay an average of $370 per month.

[Edited by: CPayZombie at 8/13/2012 11:41:13 AM EST]
Blazer197
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:37:35 AM

Vote Obummer and his gang of commies out in November.
chyguy3
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:37:12 AM

WOW, what a winner. NOT!!!!!!!!!!
LuthierKS
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:36:59 AM

If the government has to subsidize an entire industry that is a sure sign that industry is not needed at this time.
VernonOR
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:36:56 AM

Wasteful spending of taxpayers money when it comes to solar manufacturing.
gasper
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:35:57 AM

The time for change is coming in November do not forget to vote.
kelly1016
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:35:30 AM

History will show that investments in solar and wind were needed and wise investments
checkitnow
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:33:57 AM

this is one of the main reasons obummer must lose in the fall... despite evidence of failure he will not repudiate the waste of billions of dollars
wulf2000
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:33:48 AM

How many so called green companies went belly up?

Quite a few number went belly up.

This writer is nothing but a shill for "green" companies.
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