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Vowing that he "won't back down" in the struggle to boost the economic recovery, President Obama announced Saturday the award of nearly $2 billion in recovery act funds to two companies involved in job-creating solar energy projects.

Obama, in his weekly address, called for an "all-hands-on-deck effort" to keep digging out from a recession that is still shedding jobs -- 125,000 last month, driven by the layoffs of temporary government Census workers. The private sector produced 83,000 jobs in June and Obama clearly want to build on that.
President Obama surveys solar project
The "conditional commitments" of recovery money are going to Abengoa Solar, which plans to build one of the largest solar plant in the world in Arizona, bringing on 1,600 construction jobs, and to Abound Solar Manufacturing, a company that will make solar panels at new plants in Colorado and Arizona. Together, the projects will provide construction work for 2,000 and offer permanent jobs to 1,500, the president said.

It's part of a drive to speed up "the transition to a clean energy economy and doubling our use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power -- steps that have the potential to create whole new industries and hundreds of thousands of new jobs in America," Obama said.

In the short term, he pressed Republicans in the Senate to stop playing "the same old Washington games" and agree to an extension of unemployment benefits and also grants of federal funds to states "so they don't have to lay off thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers."

The Republicans' designated weekly spokesman, Sen Saxby Chambliss, (R-Ga.), said Obama and his party were leading the county down a "path of reckless spending" into a perilous national debt. Chambliss quoted Founder Thomas Jefferson as saying, "There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as public debt."

And the Associated Press reported an interesting Jefferson historical footnote. It seems Tom Jefferson, in an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, referred to his fellow rebels as "subjects," before quickly smudging out the offensive word and replacing it with "citizens."

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Rob & Kathy

Back down? He hasn't stepped up yet....

July 04 2010 at 8:42 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I think is in the right track regarding solar power. He should pursue now giving loan to company that make solar panel not only on big corporation but on small
corporation that installed on roof top of houses especially here in California.

We have a lot of unemployeed citizen here that can be assembler and installer for residential solar panel.

July 04 2010 at 9:38 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

shouldn't we be boycotting this company since they are based in Arizona? I sense a slight tinge of hypocrisy here.

July 04 2010 at 12:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

The current Energy Czar , Carol Brower , has a husband that owns an energy saving window replacement company , that just happened to get 10's of millions from this administration making the same windows many other companies make. Its just a coincidence though right?

July 03 2010 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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July 03 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

The core problem in America today is finding parity at all levels so that those who've been denied and basically left out of the American main stream. Can be educated and motivated to believe in the American Dream as one that is inclusive of them. Money alone is not the solution in solving the Plethora of problems that America and the world is facing. Energy is one of those problems that can only be solved by those who have the purse and the resources to make the change thats good for all americans by earnestly including the less fortunate or less savvy. I am living in an house that's been built in the 20's and have a roof thats in Bad shape. Yet I have a southern exposure that's right for harvesting solar energy but because of corruption and my outsider status. Its hard for me to qualify for a grant to help me make my home safer and more energy efficient. It seems that you must know somebody to get parity. Or must be well politically connected to get what should be fair and equal treatment under the Law. Awwhhh it frustrates me to think that they make it so hard to qualify for help that can help the environment in the long run.

July 03 2010 at 8:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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You are becoming aware of a focal problem of Big Government: you need a political insider to get the largesse ladled out by party officials. It didn't work in the Soviet Union or East Germany, and it is not likely to work here. You just cannot send one dollar to Washington and expect to get a dollar back in value.

July 03 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

A lesson should be taken from the experience of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It gave money to a corporation to develop a solar palel. When it was finished, the company moved the manufacture to China. No jobs for Massachusetts; the jobs were exported overseas and Massachusetts left holding the (empty but expensive) bag. I predict the Federal government will be in the same boat with no significant jobs here.

July 03 2010 at 8:41 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

If as many people say we are going to run out of oil don't you think that oil companies would be looking for new sources of energy on their own. BP had frequent ads pertaining to their research into new energy sources. The oil companies have the money and if they believed that oil was running out they would be heavily into new energy production that would keep them in business. The fact that Obama is trying to develop a new energy production industry is a clue to me that he wants to kill the oil industry. Go ahead and think that the goal is clean energy but the smart folks including the oil industry know that this is about power and money. if the U.S oil drilling is stopped in the Gulf George Soros will make a bundle off his investmentsin Brazilian oil. Think about it.

July 03 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

This is just another horrible display of irresponsibility with our money. Of course this is all reported during the 4th of July weekend when no one is paying attention. 2 billion for solar panels?? That's all dandy, but average Americans struggling to find work and have barely any money to buy food are not going to buy solar panels anytime soon!!!! We need to get the price of the energy we use now down and everyone back to work. Maybe then we can start working on other ideas. Where is Obama's head???? None of us can afford our gas and electric bills as it is!!! What makes him think we're all gonna magically come up with $20,000 to install solar panes in our homes??? This president is so dangerous and out of touch. NOVEMBER PEOPLE!!

July 03 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Lets not forget the 2 billion in US tax dollars given to Brazil for off shore drilling in 15k deep water. How does that create US jobs , let alone any green ones?

July 03 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

You must realize that the real benefit of solar generation does not occur until the generating source is built. After that the only expense is operators and maintenanc. NO FUEL BILLS. Most of our power sources are produced by oil oil or gas. Fuel is probably about 3/4s of the cost of the cost of our present generation and that's not to mention the damage done by the polution put in the air.

July 03 2010 at 6:03 PM Report abuse -14 rate up rate down Reply

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