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>California Says, We Are Going To Pump You Up!

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an award of up to $122 million over five years to the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), an Energy Innovation Hub with a team of leading researchers tasked with developing revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight:

 

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers comments to NARUC July 21st in Sacramento. Photo courtesy Justin Short.

 

The Hub will be funded at up to $22 million this fiscal year and is one of only three that will receive funding this year. For more information visit: http://www.energy.gov/news/9243.htm.

“California has always been the birthplace for the nation and the world’s newest wave of research and innovation, so it couldn’t be more fitting the Department of Energy chose our state for this groundbreaking work. This energy hub will bring together some of the best minds to work on solutions that will reduce our dependence on oil and increase our energy security, all while creating jobs in our state. We have always led the way in California, and this impressive team will help further advance our global leadership in clean energy technologies.”

As a matter of fact, there are 270 companies that want to build now in California for renewable energy,…

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered remarks at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Summer Committee Meetings on July 21, 2010.

Excerpts from the Partial Transcripts follow:

(Sacramento, Calif. July 21, 2010)  …And this is something that we have had in California. We have had consistency.

And this is why we have to go and do everything that we can to continue with that consistency. Why? Because we have to be and all of you have to be an inspiration to the federal government to create that consistency, because the federal government is a disaster when it comes to energy policy. They haven’t had an energy policy for decades.

We all remember when Jimmy Carter came in with some brilliant ideas about solar and about doing research and exploration of shale oil and wind and all of those kind of things. The next administration came in and said well, wait a minute. A barrel of oil is down to $10. Why are we futzing around with all this stuff over here when we can just buy the oil? And the policy was out the window. So this is not consistency, so people don’t know, should we invest in this or not invest in it? They don’t know. They’re confused.

And right now, several decades later — and I’ve watched all this since I’ve been in this country, I can tell you — it is really amazing that today the federal government still doesn’t have a policy. They have no idea how much they’re going to rely on more nuclear plants, what is their portfolio, their goal when it comes to renewable. No idea. No one can answer that question, how much should we reduce in greenhouse gases, what should our standards be, what kind of cars do we want 10 years, 20 years down the road? None of those things anyone can answer.

And this is a disaster because the rest of the world, European countries, have a goal. Even in 1976 when they started changing, when they saw the oil crisis. The Europeans stayed on course even though the oil price went down. And now, 30 years later, you see the great work that is being done in Germany, in Spain, in Portugal, Denmark and all of those European countries…  Read Entire Transcript at:  http://gov.ca.gov/

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>Offshore Drilling. Is It The Right Choice?

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By Jourdan, Posted Originally on People For Green Justice

Offshore Drilling – Is it the Right Choice?

This is a tough question.  My gut reaction is to say, “no, it’s not the right choice.”  However, I have to admit I don’t know all the details behind Obama’s recent announcement.  I know the basics, the information we’re allowed to have.  It’s the information we are not privy to that makes me have concerns about the motives behind this decision.  The risks and dangers that go along with offshore drilling seem too great to me.  If accidents didn’t happen and we were 100% secure that all would be well, I’m sure we could stand behind it to an extent.  But the reality is that we could ruin hundreds of miles of coastline, kill thousands of sea life and leave our oceans devastated.  The thought of what that picture looks like is too horrifying.  So in the end I have to say no.

Not that long ago Obama was saying “no” too.  That concerns me.  It’s a big swing in the opposite direction. How does that happen?  Unfortunately we call that politics and it’s a game with too many players at the table. Here is a video of Obama opposing offshore drilling just a little over a year ago.

VIDEO – Obama on Offshore Drilling

If this concerns you too, take a moment to send a letter to our president.  You can use the form letter or write your own.  I was hoping that once Obama was in office I could sit back, relax and feel confident that I could stand behind all his decisions.  That was me being naive and hoping to be politically lazy. Change is indeed gonna come and we need to be a driving force!

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>Barack Picks Paris As Running Mate

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6.3 to 6.8 pounds (2.85 to 3.1 kg) of carbon emissions (GHG) per burger. Take it from us, that’s a lot!

Okay, so maybe we’re forecasting 2012 a bit early. But I’d hesitate to say that we’re completely jumping the gun. Think about it, Paris has already gotten Barack to adopt her energy plan. She launched her campaign bid on Funny Or Die during the last election season on a platform of energy policy reform that garnered her millions of viewers. She’s got the celeb quotient and the Hollywood machine already behind her, not to mention her independent source for campaign financing. And now she’s got Barack supporting her policy recommendations. Sounds like a match to me…Plus, we heard that our boy’s got a thing for Catholic girls who’ve done time. Or, maybe it’s just the handcuffs…
Here’s what Daily Beast has to say:

Paris Hilton Wrote Obama’s Energy Plan. Really.

by Benjamin Sarlin

Benjamin Sarlin is Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast. He previously covered New York City politics for The New York Sun and has worked for talkingpointsmemo.com.

How a 2008 campaign stunt became White House policy.

President Obama’s energy policy has evolved to include a multi-pronged attack, including expanded nuclear power, incentives to encourage low-emission vehicles, and now approval to explore for oil off America’s coasts. For those of you less politically inclined and more likely to get their news from TMZ, you might be wondering why you feel like you’ve heard it all before.

It’s because you have… from Paris Hilton. Yes, that Paris Hilton, who for a brief moment played a significant role in the 2008 showdown between Obama and John McCain. In response to McCain’s use of her image in the infamous “Celebrity” ad, which portrayed Obama as an insubstantial lightweight, Hilton recorded a video response for the site FunnyOrDie.com that included a fairly thoughtful energy plan with plenty of resemblance to the Obama plan now in place.  Read Complete Article HERE>>>

Here’s the Original Paris Video on FUNNY OR DIE, in case you’re one of the two people who haven’t yet seen it…And, speaking of movies, if you haven’t yet seen Idiocracy, run, don’t walk to your nearest video store to pick up a copy. Or PayPerView it. We suspect that someone is using it as the U.S.’s current political playbook. 

Can’t See THE VIDEO?  Click HERE>>>

Said Hilton in the video:

“Barack wants to focus on new technologies to cut foreign-oil dependency and McCain wants offshore drilling. Well why don’t we do a hybrid of both candidate’s ideas? We can do limited offshore drilling with strict environmental oversight while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars. That way the offshore drilling carries us until the new technologies kick in, which will then create new jobs and energy independence. Energy crisis solved—I’ll see you at the debate, bi**hes.”

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