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#1 Joker

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:47 PM

It ain't easy being green :sad:

[B]Obama Smog Decision Will Leave In Place

#2 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:52 PM

Obama is such a wet noodle. What a fucking waste case. :rolleyes:

#3 Joker

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:05 PM

Yeah it's a shame he's caving yet again to big business and the Republicans.


But he's got his reasons, unfortunately it could be at the expense of thousands of American lives and millions of dollars :bang:


Obama Halts New Smog Standards

President Obama on Friday delayed new air quality standards for smog, bowing to pressure from industry groups and Republicans who want to curtail the regulatory actions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Just when the EPA was about to release new smog standards, Obama directed EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The long overdue standards would have cut smog pollution from automobiles, power plants, and refineries by limiting ground-level ozone to 60-70 parts per billion.

In 2008, the Bush administration adopted ozone standards of 75 parts per billion - above the range recommended by EPA scientists. As a result, those standards were challenged in lawsuits by over a dozen states, the American Lung Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Obama spun his decision to keep the Bush standard as part of his effort to reduce regulatory burdens on industry.



#4 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:09 PM

I tried to stay on topic, Jack. How'd I do? :crazy:

#5 Spidergawd

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:16 PM

Obama really needs to sack up and stop bowing to partisan pressure. STAND UP TO THEM, MAN!

#6 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:40 PM

:lmao:
He bows down because he knows who will fund his 2012 campaign.....

Hey, Jack:

US Solar Company That Obama Visited Will Shut Down

U.S. solar start-up Solyndra, succumbing to pressure from lower-cost Chinese rivals, said it has suspended operations and plans to file for bankruptcy protection, 15 months after President Barack Obama visited a company factory that was to be expanded with the help of a federal loan guarantee.

The Chapter 11 filing, expected next week, will make Solyndra the third U.S. solar company to seek bankruptcy protection in the last month. Former Wall Street high-flyer Evergreen Solar filed for Chapter 11 two weeks ago, followed four days later by SpectraWatt, a private company that was backed by Intel [INTC 19.395 -0.245 (-1.25%) ].

U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said the bankruptcies "are unfortunate warnings that the United States is in danger of losing its leadership position in the clean energy economy of the future ... We should be doing everything possible to ensure the United States does not cede the renewable energy market to China and other countries."

In a press release on Wednesday, Solyndra said it could not compete with bigger overseas rivals. Earlier this year, cuts to generous solar subsidies in No. 2 market Italy stalled development of solar projects and led to a global glut of solar panels that sparked a 25 percent drop in prices.

Even industry heavyweights, such as China's Suntech Power [STP 4.5208 -0.0992 (-2.15%) ] and U.S.-based First Solar [FSLR 87.41 -2.69 (-2.99%) ], are struggling with dwindling profits, while small, up-and-coming solar companies are finding it increasingly difficult to stay afloat.

Solyndra said it was evaluating options, including a sale of the business and licensing its copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technology.

About 1,100 employees are being laid off immediately, it said in a statement.

A company spokesman said the bankruptcy filing would likely come early next week in Delaware.

"Swimming Upstream"

Solyndra simply could not compete with "Chinese firms that have received billions of dollars in low-cost loans from state banks, and have access to a well-developed domestic supply chain for solar manufacturing," GTM Research analyst Shyam Mehta said. The company's relatively unproven CIGS technology was another key reason for its demise, he added.

"Solyndra has been swimming upstream ever since it entered the market," Mehta said.

The announcement is the latest in a series of disappointments for Solyndra, whose fall from grace has been tracked closely because it received a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009.

The company also made headlines in May 2010, when Obama paid a visit to the company's Fremont, Calif., factory.

Solyndra was the first company to receive a loan guarantee under an advanced clean energy program created in 2005. The Department of Energy came under criticism last year when the company postponed plans to expand the Fremont factory, cut jobs, and withdrew plans for an initial public offering.

At the time, U.S. firms were just beginning to smart from the rapid influx of cheap solar panels from China.

In July, a congressional panel voted to subpoena White House documents related to Solyndra's loan guarantee. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee said they want to ensure that funds appropriated for the loan guarantee program were properly invested.

Solyndra also received some $1 billion in venture capital funds from investors including CMEA Ventures, Argonaut Ventures, Madrone Partners, Redpoint Ventures, funds affiliated with RockPort Capital Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners.

Prior to Solyndra, Evergreen Solar was the most high-profile U.S. solar company to collapse. Evergreen was once at the forefront of U.S. renewable energy technology and had planned to produce its solar wafers in Massachusetts. Ultimately, even a plan to shift manufacturing to Asia could not save it.

Solyndra had revenue of $140 million in 2010 and had said it planned to produce 300 megawatts of solar panels this year.

They put a good spin on this compared to contrasting columns that put the half a billion dollar waste right on the table without the spin. :lmao:

http://www.cnbc.com/..._Will_Shut_Down

#7 Joker

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:46 PM

I tried to stay on topic, Jack. How'd I do? :crazy:

You were doing good until THAT article (Jesus $535 mil. good thing it's not real money :bang: )

I was more concerned with the health endangerment aspect of his EPA decision.

I wonder what changed in the 6 weeks since they said it was a "legally indefensible" standard that made it somehow acceptable to sacrifice our lives and our health.

I mean seriously, many states would have been better off under Bush's policy!?!? :eek:

#8 Joker

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:06 PM

Guess it doesn't matter now anyway :lol:

#9 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:14 PM

of all the threads to get shifted in the last few days..... :lol::lmao::rotf:

#10 Julius

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:01 AM

I'd say: tl;dr but the truth is: stopped reading twisted reporting from propaganda sources years ago and can smell non-news masquerading as news after about 3 words.

#11 Joker

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:19 AM

of all the threads to get shifted in the last few days..... :lol::lmao::rotf:


No shit.

Obviously it's a personal issue with someone, I just wish I knew who it was so we could at least try to talk it out.

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:33 AM

I'd say: tl;dr but the truth is: stopped reading twisted reporting from propaganda sources years ago and can smell non-news masquerading as news after about 3 words.

Does this rose smell better?

http://www.boston.co...ak_jobs_report/


I don't think it really changes what happened no matter how it gets spun

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:34 PM

I'd say: tl;dr but the truth is: stopped reading twisted reporting from propaganda sources years ago and can smell non-news masquerading as news after about 3 words.



so I assume you watch no main stream corporate media then?

http://www.freepress...ship/chart/main


Julius you are aware of "fake news" and VNR's played over and over again in main stream media and passed off as "news?"

http://en.wikipedia....eo_news_release

http://video.google....911499802972602

(but you won't watch this because the phd's exposing the propaganda are propagandists themselves ;)