- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included more than $80 billion in clean energy investments that will jump-start our economy and build the clean energy jobs of tomorrow:
- $11 billion for a bigger, better, and smarter grid that will move renewable energy from the rural places it is produced to the cities where it is mostly used, as well as for 40 million smart meters to be deployed in American homes. ~Can someone explain how the smart meters will do anything other than send money to Chinese who will build the smart meters?~
- $5 billion for low-income home weatherization projects.
- $4.5 billion to green federal buildings and cut our energy bill, saving taxpayers billions of dollars.
- $6.3 billion for state and local renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts.
- $600 million in green job training programs – $100 million to expand line worker training programs ~OJT = on the job training?~ and $500 million for green workforce training. ~presently unemployed?~
- $2 billion in competitive grants to develop the next generation of batteries to store energy.
- Increasing, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel econ... for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage, saving drivers money and spurring companies to develop more innovative products. ~if significant improvement is expected in the next 6 months = 2011 models will on the assembly line, that will insure no profit for USA manufacturers who are behind the curve on better mileage~
- The President issued a memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators. Through this step, over the next three decades, we’ll save twice ~seems over optimistic even at double the price of the appliances. We are going to replace $10 motors with motors that presently cost $1000 each?~ the amount of energy produced by all the coal-fired power plants in America in any given year.
- On Earth Day 2009, the President unveiled a program to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally ~that could easily double the cost of the electricity delivered~ sound and safe manner. ~Outer = 80?+ miles of HVDC = high voltage direct current cable. Did HVDC get any funding?~
To take this country in a new direction, the President is working with Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to protect our nation from the serious economic and strategic risks associated with our reliance on foreign oil. Policies to advance energy and climate security should promote economic recovery efforts, accelerate job creation ~are any shovels moving today = shovel ready?~ and drive clean energy manufacturing by:
- Creating new Jobs in the Clean Energy Economy. Drive the development of new, green jobs that pay well and cannot ~That will add at least 10% to the cost of these projects~ be outsourced.
- Investing in the Next Generation of Energy Technologies. Invest $150 billion over ten years in energy research and development to transition to a clean energy economy. ~Will they decide in 2010 which grants will be approved?~
Securing our Energy Future
Our reliance on oil poses a threat to our economic security. Over the last few decades, we have watched our economy rise and fall along with the price of a barrel of oil. We must commit ourselves to an economic future in which the strength of our economy is not tied to the unpredictability of oil markets. We must make the investments in clean energy sources that will curb our dependence on fossil fuels and make America energy independent.
- Breaking Dependence on Oil. Promote the next generation of cars and trucks and the fuels they run on. ~mostly on hydrogen that is still a decade in the future or on wind turbines and CNG that can be produce at least small results in 2010?~
- Producing More Energy at Home. Enhance U.S. energy supplies through responsible development of domestic renewable energy, fossil fuels, advanced biofuels and nuclear energy. ~results from USA nuclear are at least a decade in the future~
- Promoting Energy Efficiency. Promote investments in the transportation, electricity, industrial, building and agricultural sectors that reduce energy bills. ~ what might some of those be that won't cost lots of money to even get started? Neil~