Mitt Romney’s facts are illusory — not green jobs.Photo: World Affairs Council of PhiladelphiaCross-posted from Climate Progress. Former Massachusetts governor and presidential front-runner Mitt Romney — once a candidate who stood up to coal and supported clean energy — is now calling green jobs fake. In an op-ed in the Orange County Register published Monday, Romney regurgitates GOP talking points on loan guarantees to Solyndra and Fisker Automotive, two stories that have turned leading conservative politicians and media pundits into a pack of scandalmongers — even while many of those politicians supported the same government investments for companies in their …
Having exhausted the Solyndra faux scandal, the media is now trying to gin up another one, casting suspicion on a Department of Energy loan to Fisker Automotive for the production of electric cars. The facts, needless to say, do not support the hype.
In these grim economic times, one U.S. industry has defied gravity. It employs 100,000 Americans at 5,000 mostly small businesses in all 50 states. And it's wildly popular with the American public -- but not with Republicans in Congress.
It's too bad conservative lawmakers want to shut the South's booming clean economy down, since green jobs fight poverty in the region.
Republicans are using Solyndra as an excuse to dismiss clean energy manufacturing in the U.S. Obama doesn't give up so easily.
David Roberts sat down with the folks at EnergyNow! to discuss "green jobs." Here's the video.
Dave Strenski, resident of Detroit exurb Ypsilanti, got it into his head that he would help the local food co-op reduce its bills by installing solar panels on its roof. And he didn't let his complete lack of experience with solar stand in the way. At this point, he's not only put solar on the roof of his co-op and four other buildings, he's also created his own system for monitoring its power output, and has turned his website into a hub for solar DIYers worldwide.
Pipistrel-USA's Taurus G4 won the NASA's CAFE Green Flight Challenge (top prize $1.35 million!) by flying 200 miles in under two hours, using an amount of electricity equivalent to less than two gallons of gas. Google sponsored the competition, which is supposed to stimulate the “electric plane industry.” Who even knew there was an electric plane industry? Well, with that kind of seed money, THERE IS NOW. Plug-in personal aircraft, here we come!
Cleantech sectors saw explosive growth in 2003-2010, despite the Great Recession.