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Friday
Jan292010

SEIA - Solar Job Creation Takes Center Stage at Senate Hearing

SEIA member companies testify on job growth, 10 Million Roofs bill


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, representatives of three Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) member companies testified before a joint meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Green Jobs Subcommittee. The hearing was convened by full Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Subcommittee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) It focused on Senator Sanders’ 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Hot Water Act of 2010. This bill, modeled on California’s Million Solar Roofs initiative, would deploy solar on 10 million rooftops nationwide and increase the capacity of solar hot water by 10 million gallons over the course of the next 10 years.
 
"We applaud Senator Sanders for his leadership and for holding this hearing," said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  "The 10 Million Solar Roofs Act would provide key incentives to adopting both photovoltaic solar and solar hot water.  From plumbers and electricians to installers, manufacturers and construction workers, we're getting more people back to work at the jobs that are the backbone of this country.”
 
"For every megawatt of photovoltaic solar we add to America's energy portfolio, we create 24 jobs here in the United States. We look forward to working with Senator Sanders and the EPW Committee to improve and pass this important legislation," added Resch.
 
“The 10 Million Solar Roofs bill, recently introduced by Chairman Sanders, would help homeowners and small businesses stabilize their energy costs by defraying enough of the cost of a solar electric or solar hot water system,” said Jeff Wolfe, co-founder and CEO of solar distributor, installer, and integrator groSolar and Chairman of SEIA’s Photovoltaic (PV) Division. “This type of program has been proven in California with their Million Solar Roof program. Rolling it out nationwide will create jobs in every congressional district, and secure, reliable and clean distributed energy.”
 
“Today, our growing Ohio operations directly employ over 1,000 associates and remain a nucleus for research and technology innovation,” said Robert Gillette, CEO of thin film manufacturer First Solar. “In a state with over 10 percent unemployment, our operations continue to expand and offer high-tech jobs.”
 
“Last summer eSolar launched its first commercialscale solar facility, a 5megawatt power plant in Lancaster, California in the heart of the Antelope Valley region. The project created more than 300 jobs at the peak of construction,” said Robert Rogan, Senior Vice President, Americas for utility-scale solar developer eSolar.
 
If enacted, the 10 Million Solar Roofs Act would provide rebates to residential and commercial property owners to install photovoltaic and solar hot water heating systems. These rebates would help overcome initial cost barriers that have slowed widespread solar adoption, despite 92 percent of the American public agreeing that it is important for the nation to develop and use solar energy.
 
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Background Resources:
SEIA Solar Job Profiles: http://www.seia.org/cs/about_solar_energy/solar_job_profiles
 
National Poll Show More Than Nine Out of 10 Americans Want Solar Now: http://www.seia.org/cs/news_detail?pressrelease.id=638
 
 
 
Friday
Jan292010

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Politics and Empathy for Veterans 

The Vast Majority of Americans do NOT have a Loved One in the Military

by Bob Hanafin, Staff Writer
Majority Do Not Have Loved Ones in Military
As supplement to Mike Leon's take on Obama's State of the Union in his article "Obama Bring the Troops Home"  Veterans Today has also received this call to action from Military Families Speak Out (MFSO).

Despite the patronizing of America's veterans and military families and attempts to placate us by sending forth Michelle Obama (for what the second time) and Joe Biden, military families are beginning to take note of just how   superficial Obama's reference to the wars really were.

Mike touched on an aspect of this. We believe the media is NOW more interested in hearing from troops and military families willing to speak out after Obama's State of the Union than before it.

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Thursday
Jan282010

FRANK GUINTA COMMENTS ON STATE OF THE UNION 

Manchester, NH – Frank Guinta released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address this evening:

“President Obama this evening delivered a speech focused primarily on the economy and jobs.  In it, he noted that jobs would be the focus of 2010.  Following a year with double digit unemployment rates which continue to climb, my first question to Congress and this Administration – why wasn’t it a focus in 2009?  Thousands of New Hampshire citizens, and millions across America, have lost their jobs and to now decide that it is something to pay attention to says to me this is policy based on political expediency, not good government.  Last year Congress and President Obama spent a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus with a promise that was never delivered on—it will create jobs.  Tonight they have asked the American people to support a second stimulus to accomplish what the first failed to do. We cannot spend ourselves out of this crisis and it concerns me we have not yet learned this lesson. 

“But, here is a point that struck me most.  As President Obama said with one hand we will spend more money on a second stimulus, increased grant funds, and other expenditures; he said with the other we need a spending freeze.  Well,  I couldn’t agree more that our spending is out of control and we must rein it in.  We should freeze all spending that does not include that which assists in defending our homeland, our personal security and does not break the commitments we have made to our seniors and our most vulnerable. What was omitted from his speech is that it is this Administration and this Congress that pushed us so far so fast down this road.

“Let’s look at the past year.  Carol Shea-Porter and her colleagues have voted for the failed trillion dollar stimulus bill, the most fiscally irresponsible budget in history, a trillion dollar government run health care plan and when there wasn’t enough money to spend, recently voted to raise the debt limit by nearly two trillion dollars.  This call for a spending freeze is disingenuous at best.

“One cannot ignore the timing of this proposal which comes a week after a Republican was elected in the bluest of blue states.  When the peoples voices from NH and around the country weren’t heard loud enough, their votes were heard in Massachusetts and now political expediency has forced Congress to pay attention. I am glad they have.  I would like to see this new found interest in spending control followed by actions.  We can reduce the deficit and spending by using some common sense and fiscal responsibility.  We should call for an audit of all government agencies.  I simply refuse to believe that there is not waste in government. Find it and cut it.  Stimulate the economy by getting out of the way of small businesses.  Reduce their taxes and provide incentives so they may grow and hire.

“As we have seen in the past, deficit reduction will be addressed with proposed tax increases.  This is not necessary and not acceptable.  The People simply have no more to give.” –Frank Guinta, 1st District Congressional Candidate.

Thursday
Jan282010

NH DHHS Releases Decontamination Plan for Building Linked in Anthrax Investigation

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has established a decontamination plan for the United Campus Ministry Building in Durham where samples from several common rooms tested positive for low-level anthrax contamination.

The results from 75 environmental samples taken from the Ministry building on January 7th show that 4 samples taken from the building’s common rooms indicate a low-level of anthrax contamination. This is in addition to samples taken previously from 2 separate drums stored in the basement of the building that also tested positive for low-level contamination.

“We have worked very closely with our partners at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Environmental Services to develop a decontamination plan,” said DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “The recommendations are based on EPA’s experience in decontaminating previous anthrax bacterial infestations in similar situations in the past.”

The plan specifies following specific procedures for cleaning various objects, furniture and surfaces, and management of the decontamination process. The common rooms where positive test results were obtained will need to be decontaminated according to the plan’s requirements, as will rooms adjoining the contaminated rooms. The other rooms in the house that tested negative, have not been affected and do not need to be decontaminated.

A woman from Strafford County was diagnosed with gastrointestinal anthrax back in early December after attending a December 4th drumming event held at the Ministry building. Public health officials believe the woman became infected after ingesting aerosolized anthrax spores originating from animal-hide drums.

The Ministry building has been closed under an order of quarantine, once the decontamination is complete the order will be lifted and the building can be returned to normal use.

For more information about anthrax, visit www.emergency.cdc.gov/agent/anthrax/ or www.dhhs.nh.gov. Anyone with questions about anthrax can call DHHS’ Division of Public Health Services at 271-4496 or the Centers for Disease Control at 1-800-CDC-INFO.



Thursday
Jan282010

NRCC - Question for Carol Shea-Porter: Would You Support the Failed 'Stimulus' Again? 

One Year Later, New Hampshire Families Wait to Hear Shea-Porter Answer the Simple Question: Where are the Jobs?

Washington- It’s been a year since Carol Shea-Porter and her fellow House Democrats passed their trillion-dollar boondoggle through Congress and ultimately onto the backs of New Hampshire families. With unemployment climbing to over ten percent and the economy showing few signs of recovery, it’s time for Shea-Porter to admit that her so-called ‘stimulus’ is a failure. As Americans continue to seek relief during difficult times, Democrats refuse to admit their stimulus is a mistake as they charge full speed ahead with more partisan spending sprees. After a year of failed ‘stimulus,’ middle-class families in New Hampshire deserve to know: Would Shea-Porter support the stimulus boondoggle again?

In fact, the trillion-dollar stimulus has been such a failure that its sheer ineffectiveness will now cost taxpayers billions more than originally forecasted:

“The cost of President Obama's stimulus plan has jumped another $75 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, and part of the reason is more people are getting unemployment benefits because they've lost jobs the bill was supposed to preserve.

“The CBO now says the stimulus package, passed by Congress last February, will cost $862 billion over 10 years because of the added unemployment-related costs. The program had originally been estimated to cost $787 billion when Mr. Obama signed it in February. (Stephen Dinan, “Tab >From Stimulus Program Jumps, CBO Says,” Washington Times, 1/26/010)

After blowing billions of taxpayer dollars in an attempt to stimulate the economy, the Democrats’ spending spree has not only managed to increase unemployment rates, but has led to the largest federal deficit since World War II.

“New deficit estimates Tuesday project a $1.35 trillion shortfall for the coming year even as Congress debates creation of a bipartisan commission to propose long range steps to relieve the mounting debt facing the nation.”

“CBO projects that unemployment will average slightly above 10 percent in the first half of 2010 and then turn downward in the second half. But the building debt carries with an added burden. Once the economy improves, CBO says, higher interest rates will come back and bite the Treasury trying to finance the accumulated deficits.”  (David Rogers, “More red ink: CBO projects $1.35 trillion deficit,” Politico, 1/26/2010)

“The nonpartisan CBO, in a new report looking at the country's financial outlook, also found that the country faces giant budget deficits for the foreseeable future and has the biggest debt problem it has seen since just after World War II. The report is designed to give Congress guidance as it prepares to receive President Obama's budget for fiscal year 2011.” (Stephen Dinan, “Tab From Stimulus Program Jumps, CBO Says,” Washington Times, 1/26/010)

One long year after House Democrats passed their trillion dollar ‘stimulus’ boondoggle, Americans are facing daunting double-digit unemployment numbers and a skyrocketing deficit,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Rather than putting the brakes on her party’s reckless tax-and-spend policies, Shea-Porter has continued to rubber-stamp their runaway spending, further pushing the federal deficit into the red. After a year of punishing middle-class families with mountains of debt fueled by partisan government giveaways, New Hampshire families deserve to know: Would Carol Shea-Porter do it again?”

With these dismal results, can New Hampshire families really afford to elect Carol Shea-Porter to another term?