Solar highways, a green solution to our energy needs

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A fantastic idea that should be developed and implemented immediately if found to be viable and pays for itself.  This makes those stupid ugly windmills and solar panel farms obsolete and a thing of the past.  The $ Billions that Obama gave to his benefactors was a waste.  At least this idea has a lot of forward thinking and potential.

Read full report here.

Pennsylvania and Ohio will become rich states if they vote for Romney

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I hope that the people of Pennsylvania and Ohio know the amount of natural resources they have beneath their feet. The author of this piece, Joe Miller, knows what he is talking about. He is from Alaska, the only state that does not have a state sales or state income tax. The government and services are financed by the royalties from their oil production. A vote for Romney sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Excerpt: Voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio have a unique opportunity to make themselves energy producing giants this Tuesday, if they vote for the right candidate.

As geologists and energy experts probe what’s under the ground in these two states, it is becoming apparent they are sitting on huge reserves of natural gas. In addition to gas, they already have huge reserves of other forms of fossil fuels.

But in particular, the gas is near the surface and easy to obtain. If there is willing government cooperation from Washington DC, these states will be booming due to energy production. State treasuries would be overflowing with royalties from the billions in energy sold.

Read the full article here.

Sneaky President Obama issues major “green energy” executive order

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Department of Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another example of Obama going around Congress, usurping their Constitutional authority and acting like a dictator. Unless we get rid of the Democrat stalemate, and Congress gets some backbone, we will be a free Republic no longer.

Excerpt: Between conservatives focusing all their attention on the successes/failures of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the left having a meltdown over the supposed “racism” and unprecedented disrespect of Clint Eastwood’s “Empty Chair” routine, little attention has been given to an executive order issued last Thursday by President Barack Obama that targets industrial “efficiency” and carbon emissions.

“Today, we are taking another step to strengthen American manufacturing by boosting energy efficiency for businesses across the nation,” said President Obama.

The order, which aims to increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020 and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year, is the administration’s latest effort to “deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and ‘green’ energy legislation on Capitol Hill,” Reuters reports.

“The Federal Government has limited but important authorities to overcome … barriers, and our efforts to support investment in industrial energy efficiency and CHP [Combined heat and power] should involve coordinated engagement with a broad set of stakeholders,” the order says.

Translation: If duly elected representatives of the people get in the way of “climate change” (formerly known as “global warming,“ formerly known as ”global cooling”) legislation, work around them.

“The man is legislating by presidential fiat!” conservative author and radio show host Mark Levin said Friday. “This is unconstitutional.”

Read full article here.

Romney’s energy plan – let states develop their abundant resources

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It is about time we got the Federal Government off the backs of the real innovators and gave the power to the states to regulate their own resources.  

Everyone thought that the purchase of land by the Federal Government was meant for good for the American people, but it has turned out to be just another control mechanism.  Because of the vast amounts of land controlled by the Feds, some states have very little room to grow.

The top 10 list of states with the highest percentage of federally owned land looks like this: 

  1. Nevada           84.5%
  2. Alaska            69.1%
  3. Utah               57.4%
  4. Oregon           53.1%
  5. Idaho              50.2%
  6. Arizona           48.1%
  7. California        45.3%
  8. Wyoming         42.3%
  9. New Mexico     41.8%
  10. Colorado          36.6%

Excerpt: “What Governor Romney is proposing is that state governments, which already control the development of energy resources on their own and private lands within their borders, would also control the development of energy resources on federal land within their borders,” said Romney’s domestic policy advisor Oren Cass in a briefing call with reporters to preview Romney’s energy speech slated to occur later today in New Mexico.

Cass said that Romney believes the challenge in getting to energy independence by 2020 is “not about the resources we have, it’s not about the technology that we have, it’s about the government we have.”

“The question is, Are we going to pursue the political reforms that will allow us to develop the resources to their fullest?” said Cass.

In addition to shifting the power of energy development exploration on federal lands to the state level, Romney’s policy also calls for opening more offshore drilling options, starting off the coast of the battleground state of Virginia as well as the Carolinas.

Romney’s plan also calls for the pursuit of a “broader North American energy partnership” with Canada and Mexico that would include building the Keystone pipeline, a development Romney calls for frequently on the stump while simultaneously criticizing the Obama administration’s rejection of the pipeline.

Read full ABC News report here.

Unintended consequences – CFL bulbs cause skin damage

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A compact fluorescent lamp for general or home use

A compact fluorescent lamp for general or home use (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another example of our government not knowing what they are doing other than exerting control over the citizenry. They have forced the manufacture of light bulbs offshore to China, doing away with thousands of jobs here in the U.S., and, in doing so, have created a health hazard. Another example of why we should trust them with our health system. lol 

Excerpt: Based on the research, scientists concluded that CFL light bulbs can be harmful to healthy skin cells. 

“Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation,” said lead researcher Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University, in New York, in a statement. “Skin cell damage was further enhanced when low dosages of TiO2 nanoparticles were introduced to the skin cells prior to exposure.” 

According to Rafailovich, with or without TiO2 (a chemical found in sunblock), incandescent bulbs of the same light intensity had zero effects on healthy skin. 

The scientists found that cracks in the CFL bulbs phosphor coatings yielded significant levels of UVC and UVA in all of the bulbs — purchased in different locations across two counties — they examined. 

With high levels of ultraviolet radiation present, the researchers delved into how the exposure affected the skin. According to the findings, skin damage from exposure to CFLs was consistent with harm caused by ultraviolet radiation. 

Read the full Daily Caller article here.

Obama venture capital successes – none

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This article is from the Washington Post and cites a number of the taxpayers’ “investments” in the business of clean energy. As a venture capitalist, Obama is a total failure. And he does it with our money. At least Romney and his partners had a stake in the outcomes of their investments. Nothing like the risk of losing your own money, to sharpen your wits and business acumen. Obama has neither wit nor business acumen to sharpen, nor is he using his own money. 

Excerpt: Despite a growing backlash from his fellow Democrats, President Obama has doubled down on his attacks on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. But the strategy could backfire in ways Obama did not anticipate. After all, if Romney’s record in private equity is fair game, then so is Obama’s record in public equity — and that record is not pretty. 

Since taking office, Obama has invested billions of taxpayer dollars in private businesses, including as part of his stimulus spending bill. Many of those investments have turned out to be unmitigated disasters — leaving in their wake bankruptcies, layoffs, criminal investigations and taxpayers on the hook for billions. Consider just a few examples of Obama’s public equity failures: 

Read article for examples of Obama’s failed investments of taxpayer monies. 

All that cronyism and corruption is catching up with the administration. According to Politico, “The Energy Department’s inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations” related to the department’s green-energy programs. 

Now the man who made Solyndra a household name says Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital “is what this campaign is going to be about.” Good luck with that, Mr. President. If Obama wants to attack Romney’s alleged private equity failures as chief executive of Bain, he’d better be ready to defend his own massive public equity failures as chief executive of the United States. 

Read full Washington Post article here.