Obama’s Green agenda shames this government’s myopia


by Sunny
27th August, 2010 at 10:44 am    

There’s a good article in Time Magazine:

Yes, the stimulus has cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, bailed out every state, hustled record amounts of unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families and funded more than 100,000 projects to upgrade roads, subways, schools, airports, military bases and much more.

But in the words of Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s effusive Recovery Act point man, “Now the fun stuff starts!” The “fun stuff,” about one-sixth of the total cost, is an all-out effort to exploit the crisis to make green energy, green building and green transportation real; launch green manufacturing industries; computerize a pen-and-paper health system; promote data-driven school reforms; and ramp up the research of the future. “This is a chance to do something big, man!”

For starters, the Recovery Act is the most ambitious energy legislation in history, converting the Energy Department into the world’s largest venture-capital fund. It’s pouring $90 billion into clean energy, including unprecedented investments in a smart grid; energy efficiency; electric cars; renewable power from the sun, wind and earth; cleaner coal; advanced biofuels; and factories to manufacture green stuff in the U.S. The act will also triple the number of smart electric meters in our homes, quadruple the number of hybrids in the federal auto fleet and finance far-out energy research through a new government incubator modeled after the Pentagon agency that fathered the Internet.

All this is very encouraging and I hope it works and reaches somewhere. But there’s also a technological and economic incentive here – the US is trying to stay level with China, which is pouring billions into the same technology. The government there sees developing green tech and renewable energy as the technology of the future – allowing China to leapfrog the west in vital technology.

Obama knows this, and he wants to make sure the US doesn’t get left behind. This government? It’s cutting £1bn from science and research technology funding. And our investment into renewable energy is pitiful. You can never blame the Tories for long-term thinking.


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  1. MaidMarian — on 27th August, 2010 at 11:06 am  

    China is not the environmental paragon of virtue they would have us believe they are.

    Otherwise this is all well and good.

  2. DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells — on 27th August, 2010 at 1:43 pm  

    Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if you’re being simple on purpose.

    When the left rejoiced that Bush had accepted global warming, they conveniently turned a blind eye to the fact that at the same time he poured billions into subsidies for ethanol that the market rightly wasn’t/isn’t interested in, most of that money ended up in the hands of oil companies. I seem to recall this caused a spike in food prices at the time.

    Likewise, Obama recognises that he can use the cover of ‘green’ to continue the US command economy model and pour huge amounts of bondholder money into private companies (one of which, Fisker, has produced absolutely nothing, yet got half a billion dollars for their majestic feat) which, guess what, the rest of the world have to compete with.

    He doesn’t give a shit about anything other than what’s expedient, there is no ‘green agenda’.

  3. Sunny — on 27th August, 2010 at 2:01 pm  

    and pour huge amounts of bondholder money into private companies

    As long as those companies innovate and develop new technology – I don’t have a problem.

    MM – they’re investing more in green tech than we are. By a mile.

  4. MaidMarian — on 27th August, 2010 at 3:08 pm  

    Yes sunny, but they are opening coal fired power stations at a rate of knots too. Whilst the investment in greentech is welcome the greenwash that the eco-crowd fell for at Copenhagen is not.

  5. DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells — on 27th August, 2010 at 3:41 pm  

    As long as those companies innovate and develop new technology – I don’t have a problem.

    Bully for you, fuck all the people who unfairly lose their jobs because the US government spend other people’s money like viv nicholson.

    Incidentally, these particular cuts really have nothing to do with this particular government’s myopia, it’s a cultural thing that goes back to Turing, just a general grey, drab, miserable, snidey, me me me attitude.

  6. Sunny — on 29th August, 2010 at 12:00 am  

    MaidMarian – I’m now unclear – do you want action to deal with climate change or not? Because sometimes you’re going on about how GW is crap, and at other times you use words like ‘greenwash’ – which implies not enough is being done. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

    Bully for you, fuck all the people who unfairly lose their jobs because the US government spend other people’s money like viv nicholson.

    Sorry what? I can’t even comprehend this statement.

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