American Elephants

The Stimulus Bill’s “Record” Job Creation. by The Elephant's Child
February 14, 2010, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Election 2008, Energy | Tags: , ,

The “Stimulus Bill” (the American Recovery and Investment Act) allocated around $2 billion to support wind power, thus promoting American energy independence while creating American jobs  of the very best “green” kind.

Last October, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University reported that a consortium of U.S. and Chinese companies announced a deal to build a $1.5 billion wind farm in Texas, using imported Chinese turbines.

The project is expected to create some temporary construction jobs in America, but some 2,000 manufacturing  jobs will be created in China.  Of the 1,807 turbines that will be erected on 28 wind farms receiving grants, foreign owned manufacturers built 1,219, according to the workshop report.  The installation of these turbines may have created as many as 6,838 manufacturing jobs overseas.

In its 2009 year-end report, the American Wind Energy Association acknowledged that despite billions in stimulus spending, there had been a net loss in manufacturing jobs.  CEO Denise Bode estimates the manufacturing job loss at 1,500.

Investors Business Daily notes that:

Last March, a cargo of steel towers was unloaded at the port of Vancouver, Wash. They were made in Vietnam for a Danish wind company and destined for a Portuguese wind farm in Indiana that got a stimulus grant.

If we were allowed to drill for our own oil and gas, and bring in the offshore oil that we know to be there, we would be creating thousands of high-paying permanent jobs.

But China isn’t beholden to the environmental lobby for electoral campaign money. They are working hard and successfully to develop their manufacturing sector and searching for the energy supplies to support that sector.


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A great article from American Thinker

Wind power is nice and everything ……
but the Real solution is green nuclear power.

And electric cars !


Comment by Ron spins

Great article! Thanks for the link.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

Nuclear, of course. Oil and Gas, absolutely. Electric cars? Far from ready for prime time. See here and here , here and here


Comment by The Elephant's Child

We will always need gasoline , jet fuel
and diesel for many , many years to come.

G.M Blew it with the EV1 , By now they would
have been the industry leader in electric cars.
It’s $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ahead of it’s time.

Now the Japanese are leading the race. The trip to the store and
driving to work can easily be done in a all
electric car. We (America)can do better.

Wind farms , and solar farms wont do it.


Comment by Ron spins

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