Obama, Clinton $4 billion energy investment
December 2nd, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Obama, Clinton $4 billion energy investment

(CNN) – President Obama announced Friday the federal government and private sector partners will invest $4 billion over the next two years in energy upgrades to buildings across the country, an initiative the White House says will create several thousand new construction jobs.

The president made the announcement on the top floor of a building currently under renovation and only steps from the White House with former President Bill Clinton at his side. The collaboration is part of the White House’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign – a series of executive orders Obama has issued over the last two months without congressional involvement.

"Making our buildings more energy-efficient is one of the fastest and cheapest ways for us to create jobs, save money, and cut down on harmful pollution. It is a trifecta,” the president said. “It could save our businesses up to $40 billion a year on our energy bills."

Obama also called on Congress to provide added incentives to private sector businesses that agree to undergo energy upgrades.

Half of the $4 billion commitment is the result of a presidential memorandum to upgrade federal buildings nationwide. The White House says the up-front costs will be completely defrayed by the long-term savings that the more energy-efficient upgrades will produce.

The other $2 billion investment pledge comes from a partnership of 60 mayors, university presidents, business CEOs, and labor leaders. The goal is to achieve a 20 percent upgrade in energy performance by the year 2020 in 1.6 billion square feet of office space.

“Over the past decades we’ve seen what happens if we don’t make investments like these - wages flat line, incomes fall, and employment stall. But we’ve also seen what happens if we do what’s right,” Obama also said.

The new partnership builds on one already forged by the Clinton Global Initiative, which has secured commitments from 14 private sector partners to make a $500 million investment in energy upgrades.

The announcement won quick plaudits from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that often spars with the Obama administration over economic policy.

In a statement, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donahue, who was also at the event, said the new initiative has “tremendous potential.”

“It is a surefire way to create jobs and make our nation’s federal buildings more energy-efficient, all without using a penny of taxpayer money,” he said.


Topics: Energy • jobs • President Clinton • President Obama

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  1. Blinded by the republican lie

    I wonder how the tool Howard and repubs will spin this in 3....2....1....

    December 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Howard

      You blindly loyal obama stooges are not only delusional, you are also a big part of the problem. It's you fools who keep supporting and covering for obama and his failed policies, resulting in American circling the toilet bowl. So, it's not just obama who is a traitor to America, her traditions, her constitution, her principles, her economy, etc. ... it's also you fools, who put your misdirected blind loyalty for obama, above your loyalty for America !!!

      December 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • durundal

      derp derp tree hugger, derp drill baby drill, derp angry texas oil tycoon, derp john boehners momma

      December 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Howard

      Blinded ... that's for sure. You call me a fool (a functional instrument) ... but, you're a fool (a gullible dolt)

      So, you're all excited about another multi-billion dollar expenditure of OUR money on more green pixie dust, and anything, but actually drilling for REAL energy, while risking Canada selling their oil to China, instead of us ... not to mention the thousands of American jobs going up in smoke.

      You're just another blindly devoted liberal idiot !!!

      December 2, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
      • GetReal

        Howard – The pipeline was last week's news. So, stop lying over Canada selling oil to China.
        This is a different project that is paid for and will benefit the private sector.
        "the federal government and private sector partners will invest $4 billion over the next two years in energy upgrades to buildings across the country, an initiative the White House says will create several thousand new construction jobs."
        “It could save our businesses up to $40 billion a year on our energy bills."
        JUST READ THE ARTICLE!

        December 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • Hawk in Texas

        I guess that you did not read enough. this will not cost one dime of tax payer money. get off faux news and the tea for awhile and just maybe your mind will clear up.

        December 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
      • Greg56

        Howard is obviously in Exxon-Mobil's hip pocket.

        December 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
      • Chrshigf

        Real energy? How is fossil fuel "real" compared to anything else. What about it makes it real. Just so you know it will have to be replaced eventually. The efficiency of fossil fuel is terrible for the sole fact its combustion. There will always be significant losses due to the inability to ever fully harness a thermal reaction 100% without any loss of heat in the process. Where as if you use for example solar, the produced energy is electric which is much easier to harness and put to a power gird since the power grid is electric. Avoiding that conversion of thermal reactions to produce electric current will save efficiency.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:34 am |
      • jean2009

        @Howard the mental midget.

        Retrofitting a factory ,or a high-rise to be energy and water efficient, will save the owner (or investors) many dollars in overhead, cut the consumption of foreign purchased fuel; provide a cleaner environment (both air and waste water run off); and will create jobs. Going green is the only way we will be productive in the 21st century.

        I would suggest reading:
        The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles website for October 14, 2011
        Mayor Villaraigosa, The Clinton Climate Initiative and C40 Announce the First of its Kind Program in the Country to Retrofit Commercial Buildings.http://mayor.lacity.org/PressRoom/LACITYP_015724

        Howard @ company are against anything this president does to better things. They are on here posting hate and nonsense each and every day.
        Obama-Biden 2012

        December 3, 2011 at 11:37 am |
      • Victoria avgam54

        @ howard you obviously not reading the article its not OUR money they are spending and it WILL work! YOu also need a history lesson... school yourself on how we overcame the great depression and created the middle class

        December 3, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Ann Marie

        What are your sweet Rethug do nothing Congress doing for you?

        December 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Marc

        YES! If we don't find a way to cut our dependence on oil, you can kiss this country goodbye. FYI–the oil supply on American soil is so small that it wouldn't even change the price of a barrel by a penny if put on the market, and further buying oil from the Middle East from people who hate us is a terrible idea. This should not be a political issue, but people like you are making it into one. You sir are unamerican, and need to get your priorities straight.

        December 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Oh absolutely ... We need to take another 4 biullion after this and invest it in more companies like Solyndra (and the others) so they can steal more from Jean, Get Real, victoria and the others ... Oh and Victoria some of it is ours since the federal Government will be partering withprivate business... So be carefull what you say.... and are you 100% sure it will work? If so can we have your account numbers so that we can draft them if it does not ... basically I am asking if you are willing to bet yourpaycheck on this .... I personally am not.

        December 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        Simply put, Howard do the research and quit listening to the GOP pundits. Every time the USA moves toward energy efficiency the oil companies push their propaganda. Carter placed a mandate for higher MPG cars and trucks. Reagan canceled the mandate. Clinton pushed for natural gas vehicles. Bush pushed it back the other direction. Hmmm, wasn't he an oil man. Now Obama pushing for more energy efficiency and the GOP propaganda is pushing back hard. Pay attention.

        December 4, 2011 at 11:29 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Howard and @Liberals

        Just wondering
        if any of the Liberals here are diving an Electric Car or
        if any of the Marxists here have Solar Powered Homes or
        if any of those Progressives claiming that a Large SOLAR INVESTMENT in an Office is a Good Investment have actually put money out of their pockets to install Solar Panals on their Offices,,,,

        They do not know,
        THEY REALLY DO NOT KNOW,,,,
        they only Blah, Blah, Blah!

        If they own an Electric Car, they better be PRAYING for Coal-Powered, Oil-Powered, Nuclear-Powered
        ELECTRICITY!

        If they have Solar Power, they better trun off the Lights at Night as
        all the POOR FOLKS WILL COME TO TAKE WHAT THEY HAVE!!!

        I hope the Liberals have a way to call the Police when the POOR FOLKS COME!

        December 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        You really seem to be afraid of people different than you. You love to call people names. Because we are free thinkers and think different than you, we are Marxists. You can't understand what a Marxist is. Look it up. You still haven't pointed at any facts. It's what you narrow minded people do. If You can shout louder and call them un-American, then you must be right. To me it's you conservatives than don't believe in the Bill of Rights. When someone says something different, believes in something different, prints something different they must be a Marxist. Open your eyes.

        December 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Tom from Canosburg

        """You really seem to be afraid of people different than you. You love to call people names. Because we are free thinkers and think different than you, we are Marxists. You can't understand what a Marxist is. Look it up. You still haven't pointed at any facts. It's what you narrow minded people do. If You can shout louder and call them un-American, then you must be right. To me it's you conservatives than don't believe in the Bill of Rights. When someone says something different, believes in something different, prints something different they must be a Marxist. Open your eyes."""

        You are Free Thinkers, (hahaha)...

        You do not want Freedom (PERIOD),,,

        You want Tyranny,,,

        I am trying to figure out why you want TYRANNY,,,

        Do you have a Big Company that is subject to Croney Capitalism????
        or
        Do you want to quit working and paint pictures in Cuba (and be paid by folks that EARN A LIVING????

        I WANT THE TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT TAKE this Slease Bag's Possessions!

        Any Up Ward Twinkles????

        December 4, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • maria

        We, the people, are going to be funding this. And the jobs will go to Union construction workers. My husband is a self-employed construction worker and his specialty was in new home construction. There is no new home construction. You guys continue to believe everything that comes out of Obama's mouth but he has lied to us so many times. Where did he come up with his statistics on the money it would save???? He also promised no unemployment over 8% if we a allowed him to spend dam near a TRILLION dollars. What don't you get???

        December 4, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
      • Howard

        T R A I T O R S ....

        Jane Fonda is being honored by Barack Obama, as one of the '100 Women of the Century..'

        BARBARA WALTERS WRITES:
        Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War.

        The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.'

        Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.

        He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk.

        In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

        From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the ' Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit.

        They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.

        December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Emperor Norton

      Howard, are you simply against this because it's something Obama's doing, or because you actually believe something other than what's written in the article? Any homeowner knows that if you spend a little extra money early on, you make it back on the heating bills, and the same applies here.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • LolDems

        Emperor Norton – BO is continuing his chicanery and deception. Give the American people a break BO. Do you know what happens when you don't make energy investments in buildings? he asks. Answer: wages flat line, incomes fall, and employment stalls! It rhymes but it's insipid poetry. It's also preposterous to think absent energy efficient buildings, the economic engine of the US will sputter. What a buffoon. That's the measure of this incompetents comprehension of the US or else his belief Americans are stupid and will be swayed by his "rap". Replace the pretender now! And that will do more to jumpstart the economy than any of his or the LeftyLibDem's bonehead proposed legislation.

        December 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        In view of this governments history in managing money (and this is across the board) I am not willing to hire the US federal government as the contractor to make repairs/upgrades on anything.... It will cost 400% more than it shold and will be a crapy job. To many chiefs and not enough indians

        December 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • Howard

        NOBODY SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW !!!

        Obama, Holder, and Napolitano should all be in jail,
        for the illegal sale of 2,500 weapons, to the Mexican drug cartels
        ... as well as the subsequent COVER UP of these crimes ...
        resulting in the murder of thousands of innocent Mexicans,
        and the murder of American border agent, Brian Terry.

        If anything, Obama, Holder, and Napolitano,
        should be held to a higher standard, than the rest of us.

        In the days of Watergate, the Press demanded, and
        got JUSTICE for the American people. Today, the
        media looks the other way, or helps in the cover up !!!

        December 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
      • Howard

        VIETNAM TRAITOR ... CONTINUTED ...

        She took them all without missing a beat.. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper...

        Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.

        I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.

        I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi . My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Banme Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs)

        We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals....'

        When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real
        treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.'

        Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weight placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.

        I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released.. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.

        These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget....' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

        There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can.. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget.

        RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt,
        USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron,
        Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343
        PLEASE HELP BY SENDING THIS TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK.
        IF ENOUGH PEOPLE SEE THIS MAYBE HER STATUS WILL CHANGE.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Robin

      The federal government is the largest commercial real estate holder in the WORLD, with buildings in almost every single community in the US, as well as buildings around the globe, and greening their inventory will have a HUGE impact, not only on the environment, but also on industry, for you nimrods who say this is a boondoggle.

      December 3, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Howard

      JEWS SUPPORTING OBAMA ARE LIKE KAPOS

      The kapos in the concentration camps were Jews
      who turned on their fellow Jews, in exchange for
      special favors. Obama and his administration, have
      consistently thrown Isreal under the bus, while
      campaigning for contributions from wealthy American
      Jews. The kapos were motivated by sheer survival,
      the American Jews who support obama,
      are motivated by greed, power,
      and what's fashionable ... even though they are being
      used like pawns by obama. All Jews should rally their
      support, and resources behind whoever runs against
      obama !!!

      December 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
      • Chrshigf

        Ok now I know you have to be just be saying things just to get a reaction. That comment has no relevance to the discussion above or the subject of the article.

        December 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • jean2009

        Joe Lieberman and The New York Magazine disagree with you.
        Read: "The First Jewish President" by John Heilemann.
        Telling Israel the truth is what needs to be done, and what they need to hear.

        December 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Howard

        When obama lies, with false claims that he has helped Israel, he is just adding insult to injury !!!

        AIPAC, and the entire international Jewish community should put their resources behind
        whoever runs against obama !!!

        December 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Jean you are the one that needs to listen.... If you had the courage to ask any of the jewish people about their governemnt and their religion ... you would find there is no difference.... The same istrue of Islam.

        December 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        No Bill. I have been around 76 years, and for 62 of those years Israel has occupied land taken from the Palestinians. During that time they have dragged their heels on negotiations that would bring peace. It is frankly way past time they come to the table and negotiate a settlement.

        You complain about money... taxes...and the burden the American taxpayer handles for our own people....well just how much do you think Israel has cost us over the last 62 years?

        From one source I get the sum of $3 trillion as the cost. That figure might only be the total for the aid and arms packages over the last 62 years. It probably does not include the peripheral costs...or the strife within the region we have had to deal with simply because they are there. Frankly, to me it seems like a one-sided hand-holding handout for the whole 62 years...which needs to be settled. If speaking that truth to them is a problem so be it...after 62 the time is now. For much too long they have found it far to profitable not to reach a settlement.

        So, if you only want to cry about debt, and what the American people can't afford to do for the American people...I'm saying STFU...and quit whining. Since an Israeli – Palestinian settlement would save money, but you don't seem to want that to happen...at least not on this President's watch. Which makes you a motor-mouth moron.

        December 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So Jean, why did the 6 day war happen? BTW that was in 1967 so your math does not really add up... but that is no surprise is it?

        Here are the circumstances leading up to that war.

        From early 1965 to the Six-Day War in June 1967, the PLO through Fatah pursued a consistent policy of border attacks, particularly along the Jordanian and Lebanese borders. Criticism of these activities by the Arab governments and by local public opinion persuaded Fatah leaders to adopt a new approach known as “the entanglement theory.” This involved using sabotage to force Israel to adopt an offensive position, which in turn would force the Arabs to step up their military preparedness. This cycle of action-retaliation-reaction would lead to a gradual escalation of tension on the borders, and eventually to the Six Day War in 1967.

        So Isreal has been the one dragging its heels, I have seen bothsides do it, but after the terrprist attacks then through now is it any wonder? What would you think of the governement if they allowed their people to continue to be slaughtered? Dpn't tell me you have not heard about the suicide bombings in cafe districts and on busses where women and children have been ruthlessly murdered byt the decendents of those original terrorists?

        Time for you to wake up jean and re-read the history you lived through and ignored.... Please pay particular attenntion this time, to events outside your comfort zone and country.

        December 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So jean CNN has chosen to put my answer into awaiting moderation for simply doing some research on whey the 6 day war happened.... So sad ... you can do it if you want... which I doubt.... That is CNN's way of beinng Like Pr...va...da

        December 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Me

      I like the idea of investing in energy but where is the money coming from?

      December 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      I love the look on his face ..... "what do you mean Solyndra went bankrupt?"

      December 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Let's say I Paid a little more
      Early on,
      on my Soon-to-be SOLAR POWERED Home,,,,

      In Hopes (and Changes)

      That I will be in front of the Electic Power Curve and save Bundles!!!!

      A LITTLE Jingle (not CHRISTMAS JINGLE, I mean Cash,,,)

      I will get a Rebate from Tax Payers! YAY!

      According to the Bankrupt SOLYNDRA,,,
      According to ALL the OTHER Liberals and Marxists,,,
      According to All the makers of Foreign National's Solar Energy Manufacturers,,,,

      SOLAR PANALS, SOALR ELECTRICITY, and SOLAR COMPANIES are

      Not the way to go (WINK),,,
      BANKRUPT!

      If you Liberals have a Viable Company,,, better support the Constitutional Conservatives,,

      You may be able to continue Selling within the FREE MARKET SYSTEM!

      Removed a Soverign Nation's Name and referred to
      "All the makers of Foreign National's"

      Let's see where that goes

      December 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • John

      We need to look at how many of these federal buildings we can close, not "upgrade". Dems can say what they will, but every time this administration "invests in green" anything it is a disaster.

      December 5, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  2. amor7562

    no real solutions to illegal immigration from obama.
    COMPLETE SOLUTIONS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
    (1) YES to secure our borders with zero illegal entry goal, with more border patrol agents, with using our military, civilian volunteers, aircrafts, satellites, drones,
    gadgets, fences, etc., whatever it takes.
    (2) YES to federally funded, mandatory and national, "secure communities" and "e-verify" programs;
    (3) YES to an Alabama-style federal law constitutionally empowering local and state law enforcement officers, with adequate non-discrimination training, to
    check for id/legal residency during their normal police duties, such as traffic stop, and detain and transfer immediately suspected illegal aliens to uscis.
    (4) YES to full federal funding of all such programs, with such funds to each state in proportion to deportations.

    with respect to illegal aliens already in the country, we could:
    (a) deport them all 12 million +, eisenhower's "operation wetback"-style, if we have $300 billion or the resources;
    (b) give them reagan-style amnesty–permanent residency or citizenship;
    (c) do nothing;
    or
    (d) After paying fines, taxes, passing criminal check, YES to renewable, 5 YR. TEMPORARY WORKER’S/STUDENT’S VISAS to make illegal aliens legal
    (not permanent residents); allow such aliens to: have drivers license/state id/legal residency id, ssn (no more identity thieves); work and be productive, pay taxes,
    social security, qualify for ss retirement; go to school/college; and join our military. YES TO EQUAL PROTECTION AND EQUAL WAIT–that all applicants for permanent residency or citizenship must apply, qualify, and WAIT IN LINE
    BASED ON EXISTING LAWS.NO TO “AMNESTY”—NO to “any path to permanent residency or citizenship BASED ON NEW LAW”. AMNESTY IS A SURE AND PROVEN
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION MAGNET; it did not work before; it does not work, and it would never work.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Robert Elzie Garrett

      I´m a 62 year old Viet Nam Veteran born in Calif. Married to a Mexican woman and living in Mexico. I agree with what amor said. One thing I´d ke to add: in Mexico you have to have a passport from your country of birth, then a Mexican passport just to be able to do any sort of banking. My current yearly fee is 2800 pesos. Why couldn´t we have been doing this all along???
      I have more to say on a different subject, primarily our counttries extreme dependency on foriegn oil. Why can´t someone start a consortium to develop the Pet4 Naval Petroleum Reserve. With a camp and the pipe laid they are only out the down time to replace a section of pipe. Their loss can be made up in the first week or two. Givee them everything until they recoup their loss. It creates jobs, gets money flowing into the economy and slows down money going out. Take the royalties from the oil and invest in infrastructure via an independent entity. That creates more jobs. When that same camp starts producing gas, tied into the trans-canadian gas line. Use that royalty money to pay off our existing DoD contracts, after all the Navy owns it. I don´t see anyone coming along and saying I´ll pick up your current bills. On top of that have a contract that calls for both the oil and gas functions to be resposible for topping off and maintaining our above ground reserves. Why Not??? WHY NOT??? seems like a good idea. Probably why it might never get done. But, if this idea can go viral– perhaps, Just a thought from a long time Alaskan. Create jobs while paying down debt. Bobby´s Plan.
      That would be good time invest in shares of the ownership of the receiving station. Your Retirement fund people should get on board. Now this is my first time posting anything other facebook and i
      I heard all about that first one from my ex.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  3. Emperor Norton

    They've already started. It's apparently a "waste of taxpayers' money" to... employ taxpayers and save money over the long run.

    If Obama laid a golden egg, Republicans would ask why he took the job away from a goose.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • ABSOLUTELY!

      @Emperor Norton, too funny but oh so true. The party of NO will continue to say no even if it makes sense until they can oust Obama in 2012.

      December 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • indifferent

      Obama has been laying an egg during his term, just not a golden one.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  4. Brian

    As someone who works for a global company that has already invested in our own alternative energy retrofit, I applaud the Prez. Well done. At the end of the day, it benefits everyone. If the GOP decides to rail against it (and I'm sure they will), they just prove to everyone that THEY are the drag on our economy.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Jerry Jones

    President Obama is a very smart man and the REP think they got him by saying NO to everything. 2012 I will be saying NO to them for not helping this economy.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Excellent post Jerry

      December 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • truindep

        only excellent because you support Obama

        December 3, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsWhwSaAuA&w=640&h=390]

      December 3, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      The DemoRats got a Shellacking in 2009,,,, 2010,,,, and 2011,,,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,,,

      The DemoRATS will get another Shellacking in 2012,,,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhhh,,,,

      The DemoRats that were VIOLATING the Constitution will be in Jail in 2012 (about in September, 2012),,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,

      December 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  6. Bob

    Republicans say "Wahhhh, Obama beat us bad in the election", Wahhhh, Wahhha, Wahhh, we are such sore losers (a plain old looser would be an improvement) Wahhhh, Wahhhh, Wahhh. He won, he beat you, he is more popular then you, accept defeat.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,,

      The DemoRats got a Schelacking in 2009,,,, 2010,,,, and 2011,,,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,,,

      The DemoRATS will get another Shelacking in 2012,,,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhhh,,,,

      The DemoRats that were VIOLATING the Constitution will be in Jail in 2012 (about in September, 2012),,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,

      DOJ Holder will be there to greet them,,,
      Maxine Waters will be there to make them feel better in thier Cells,,,
      Barney Frank will be there to help the Gays,,,,
      Senators Webb and Warner from Virginia will be the Janitors in the Prison on work-release!,,,,
      Billy-Boy Nelson from Florida will be running the Prison's Library,,,,
      Obama will be the Executive-in-Chief of the New Acorn Community Cell Advisors (2011),,,,
      Etc,, Etc,,, Etc,,,,

      December 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      And get out of my tree house and never come back.... waah waah waah

      December 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      The DemocRats got a Shellacking in
      2009,,,, (lost Virginia and NJ)
      2010,,,, and (lost House and many seats in the Senate)
      2011,,,, (Lost more Governors and State Seats)

      The DemocRATS will get another Shellacking in 2012,,,,

      Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,

      I am going to cry, too,
      as I cannot see any DemonRats winning in 2012,,,
      and if 1 does,,,
      I cry too!

      I will be happy though when the USA gets back,,,

      BE SURE TO VOTE FOR CONSERVATIVE SENATORS in your States!!

      WE NEED THE SENATE TO,,, ERR, Umm,,,
      IN ORDER TO IMPEACH OBUMER,,,,

      WAIT,,, Obumer cannot run,,, He won't be able to get on the Ballot in a lot of States,,,
      and if he cannot get on the Ballot in only one State,,, he will not have a chance!

      Obumer and Biteme in,,, 20,,, err,, in 20,,, errr,,, IN JAIL!

      December 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        Your name does not demonstrate what you are saying. Put Obama in jail! For what? You don't have an answer, because he hasn't broke any laws, unlike Bush & Reagan. Just because they were not prosecuted doesn't mean there was no evidence of crimes. So many of you conservatives ( I really question the term) call for his impeachment, but you don't even understand what a impeachable offense is. If you want a free world, you will need to understand that people everywhere are different. You will have to understand that all great ideas do not come from the USA. You will need to understand that there is a lot lacking in American culture. The fairness that the founders called out in many of their writings is still not in place 200 years later.

        December 4, 2011 at 11:41 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Hey Tom in Canonsburg,,,

        I meant to say,,,

        Liberals, Progressives, Scum-Bagger OWS Anarchists, DemocRATS, and Marxist will be losing a lot of Seats in the Senate and House,,,

        And the White House will be in the Constitutional Conservative's Corner.

        Did I say anything wrong?

        You cannot define what a Marxist is,,, You just want to pretend that you are smart,,,

        I would like to know your definition of a Federalist is and what the difference is between a Federalist and a TEA Party Participant is,,,,

        PLEASE include the key differences between STATIST Governments and Federalist STATEs Goverments are.

        Show Footnotes...

        December 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  7. A-Ron

    GO OBAMA! Landing the punches hard on the GOP with actual results! First unemployment is down and he getting the gov't and private sector to work together to ACTUALLY CREATE JOBS, instead of paying lip service to job creation. The GOP is going be running scared.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • GetReal

      Obama don't need no stinkin' Repugs.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Obumer needs a Pardon,,,

        Better root for a RINO there DemoRATS!

        Obumer will be Bubba's Cell-mate,,,,

        I hope Bubba has a clearence,,,,

        Wait,,, Obumer will need to be in his own Cell away from those in prison from AARP's, AMA's, The Union Bosses, Lehman Brothers, Solyndra, etc,, and Goldman Sach's Crimes,,,,

        as those Criminals will want to give Obumer a word or two!

        December 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
      • ChrisM

        Agreed Get

        December 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
      • Howard

        Yeah ... B.O. stinks all by himself !!!

        December 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        I am tinking that the 1st Lady will not be

        HAPPY WITH THE USA

        Anymore,,,,

        She only liked the USA for 3 Years,,,

        She may be in Jail with Valerie Jarret...

        They are looking into the past and they will be in the SAME Prison that MSNBC highlights on the weekends!

        Michelle Obumer,,,

        We like BACK!

        And so will your BFF Girl Friends in MSNBC's Jail Cells!

        December 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Except for the appx 315,000 that stopped looking

      December 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  8. Joe

    Unless the Whitehouse is able to retrieve the 500+Billion Solyndra waste, then yes SPEND...SPEND...SPEND on Obama's energy policy is fine. But, until the AMERICAN TAXPAYERS gets the wasted billion of dollars from Solyndra.. STOP SPENDING ..STOP SPENDING..

    December 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  9. Iamnotfooled

    Anyone who votes Republican wants this country to go backward not forward. Get out of the way GOP and let President Obama move this country forward. You are bankrupt of ideas and he has plenty to move forward.

    December 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • indifferent

      ^^^^^^^^ This is why folks should say no to drugs.

      December 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Travis Journey

      Are you high? Democrats just throw money at issues as if that will solve them. Small govt is the only the US can continue. The national debt is close to $16 trillion! Thats not because of republicans.

      December 3, 2011 at 11:31 am |
      • Emperor Norton

        Please do not attempt to revise recent history. The current deficit owes a great deal to George W. Bush starting two foreign wars while simultaneously cutting taxes. Obama's stimulus has underachieved, but attempting to put the full blame for the deficit at the feet of the Democratic Party is, at best, ignorant.

        Facts first, then decisions. Your opinion is not objective reality.

        December 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Any one that votes liberal wants to call this country the USSA.... Take a look at Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton,,,,,

      December 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  10. seebofubar

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA......didn't learn anything did you Obama. You are truely the worst president this country ever had. I can't wait to see you cry after the next election "Bo Hoo Hoo Michelle....they really hate me....they really do hate me".

    December 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • MadDog

      What planet are you from? Better yet, exactly what are you smoking? What are your alternatives? Are you supporting the much ballyhooed Bachman/Trump ticket? Or are you crying because your gal pal Palin isn't running anywhere except the bank? Do you >> truly << see anyone on the Repub side even making a dent? They've been doing nothing but saying NO for years. Where are the jobs they stumped on a couple of YEARS back? I'm waiting for an answer, Buckwheat ...

      December 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      You're a misinformed idiot. Lay off the tea it's poisenous

      December 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Obumer got Carter'ed!

        LOL,,, i will be right back,,,

        I need to scrape off my Obumer Sticker off my Foreign-Made Car...

        The next time you see an Obumber Sticker,,, see if it is on a Government (GM) Owned, Union Made Auto,,,

        or on a 2nd hand Foreign-Made Clunker,,,,

        Cash for Clunkers was to get all the Asian, European, AFRICAN, SOUTH AMERICAN,,,
        Autos off the road so that the Bailed Out Union Auto Workers can continue sucking up the Tax-Payers' Money....

        But too many folks used the Cash-For-Clunker's Money to buy Foreign-Made Cars....

        You Go BO,,,,

        I mean YOU GO AWAY Barack!

        December 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ 1FIdiot
        The Sienna College Poll places President Obama at 15th on the scale of best presidents. George W. Bush is in the bottom 5 at 39th, of the 43. Bill Clinton is ranked 13th, Ronald Reagan at 18th. Jimmy Carter ranks higher than G W Bush at 32.

        On intelligence G. W. Bush ranked next to last (in other words 42nd) on the following points.
        Handling the economy...only Hoover ranked lower.
        Intelligence...only Harding ranked lower
        Foreign Policy Accomplishments...only L. Johnson ranked lower
        Ability to Compromise...only A. Johnson ranked lower
        Communication Ability....only A. Johnson ranked lower

        http://www.siena.edu/pages/179.asp?item=2566

        December 3, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Bill in STL

        ow that is an obscure school to pull yor rankings from......

        December 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Bill...Yes, small, liberal arts, but well know for its very accurate polls.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Well how about that?!?! Why is it that you seem to be the only one in the know here.... Surely CNN would have used this if they had known .... perhaps you should become a member of their staff...

        December 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Bill they do know...just because you don't know something doesn't mean others don't.

        December 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Then you must be on staff ... as I searched CNN site and could find no reference..... Hmmmm

        December 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Bill if you want the Sienna College Poll of Presidential Rankings....you do not go to CNN you go to Google and look up the poll online. Geesh!

        December 6, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
    • vicki

      lol,,, do true , when these liberals have to dig in the garbage for something to eat, maybe you will believe then !!

      December 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • GetReal

      The voice of the insane GOTP losers.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        The DemocRats got a Shellacking in 2009,,,, 2010,,,, and 2011,,,,

        The DemocRATS will get another Shellacking in 2012,,,,

        Wahhh, Wahhh, Wahhh,,,

        December 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  11. Jerry

    Of course, it's not his or Clinton's money. What do they care as they continue to fleece the American taxpayers. Besides, he needs a big bump in the polls; at the expense of the American people, of course.

    Where has this "slick" been for the last three years? Isn't this too little too late?

    Conduct a few further studies and we will find, just like in his other "pie-in-the skye" nonsense, that this will end up being a waste of taxpayer money and time. We simply can't afford it.

    Vow your head to the Spender-in-Chief!!! How shameless can a person be!? America, don't be fooled, again.

    December 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • GetReal

      Even if it were 'too little, too late', that's still a whole lot better than 'nothing, ever'. Obama can run rings around the do nothing GOP.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Then he will never get anywhere.... he will still be running in circles when it all falls apart.

        December 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama is a con man ...
      The main stream media, and the obama stooges, like the one's posting here, are his shills ...
      And, the American people are his marks !!!

      December 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  12. Handofdoom

    Criticizing President Barack Obama's performance , loling , is not enough , removing Obama is a must for the U.S. to stay a Country !

    December 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • GetReal

      Waaaaaaaah! The President is out flanking our roadblocks! Waaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!

      December 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • GOD

      I hand picked Mr. Obama to be President for 8 years...

      December 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
      • jean2009

        Good one!

        December 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Of course you would think that Jean.... It shows the scope of your thought process.... you are more concerned about supporting a single person that you will appluad even the smallest of attacks on people and you are so focused on that one small thing you will miss 90% of the rest of this life.

        December 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Bill I would know from 76 years of watching the mismanagement, greed and lies of the GOP = Greedy Old Pigs. That in and of itself is not focusing on one person, but in focusing on the group of failures on the other side.

        December 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        I seriously doubt you are that old ..... as your math earlier states... But then take a look at the last 76 years of which 40 of those years were dominated by a democratic house.... Led mostly by Tip O'niel....he was a winner was he not:?

        December 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Bill
        Doubt all you want. I am the great-grandmother of 4. A few months younger than what Elvis Presley would be; if he were alive. Started high school the year Truman extended official recognition to Israel. My husband is a Korean War era vet, and oldest son a Vietnam War era vet...although both were stationed in different locations during those conflicts.

        Although Edison invented the incandescent light bulb we accept as today's prototype; historians list 22 earlier inventors of various types of incandescent light, including Humphry Davy in 1809. Edison's first patent was not for the original electric light bulb ever created. His 1878 patent application was for "Improvement in Electric Lights". He purchased an earlier patent owned by Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans. His was a working improvement over the previous attempts, but he lost a patent lawsuit to Joseph Swan.

        Edison's bulb used a carbon filament, which was replaced by a tungsten filament...and on and on so that today we have CFL and diode lighting which is more efficient...regardless of what nitwit Bachmann says.

        Most of those original companies are no longer in existence....so get a life.. With any new technology take overs and bankruptcy will happen. Having the sense to recognize this, and knowing full well that as a nation we must move forward with new technology; that is plain and simple common sense. Something that the Rethug dinosaurs just do not seem to grasp.

        December 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Divert and deflect... true to liberal form.... you only stated that you are a great grandmother of 4 yet you seem to believe that the 5 day war took place before 1967, and you certainly seem to be in the dark as to the reason for that war. I see that CNN has moderated and accepted my comment ... so take a look at it ... see if you can remember it...

        December 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Besides .... I know and accept all that about Edison.... So I ask whats your point?

        December 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Bill it was the Six Day War (not 5) in 1967, and I didn't bring that into the conversation. I was providing figures for what has been spent from The Yom Kippur War of 1973 forward in the $1.6 Trillion figure.
        The $3 Trillion cost estimate is for all the peripheral costs that probably would not have been incurred had there not been an Israel.

        December 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Bill....Israel did not jump into being in 1967....it came about after at the end of WWII, became the Israeli State in 1948, and was officially recognized by the United States in 1949 under Harry Truman. Heaven only knows what the true cost since then has been.

        December 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Bill ...The point is clean renewable self-sustaining energy is like the light bulb. Companies will come and go; the light bulb did not truly start with Edison nor did it end with him. So, if a solar company doesn't make it, if several don't make it, that is the cost of advancement.
        Over the long haul research will pay dividends; and we will come out the other side with a better use of our funds than funneling them into unnecessary wars over crude. The side benefit is putting people to work here, along with making the environment healthier.

        December 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  13. keith in austin

    Obama is like a teenage crack-addict with Daddy's credit card! Problem is, Daddy can't even pay his monthly interest minimum anymore! This is yet another SPENDING Program promising thousands of "shovel ready jobs". Sounds vaguely familiar doesn't it? As expected, naïve Liberals living in their typical fantasy world will openly support this travesty while vilifying anyone opposed. Ironically, those opposed are the same taxpayers flipping the bill! Take a look at Europe and see our future economic peril under Obama's Progressive Democrat leadership folks! How's that working for you? Obama and his minions are destined to lose next year because most Americans are sick and tired of his Socialist left wing agenda! You can take THAT to the bank!

    December 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  14. Steve- Illinois

    What a joke! Maybe they can replace more windows in federally owned buildings that haven't been used in years, with no plans to use them in the future! Flushing another $4 billion down the crapper!

    December 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      You're the joke Steve

      December 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • Steve- Illinois

        Time to face reality there Annie! These programs are nothing but waste for show!

        December 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • 4148

      hey hes got to spend and look nice for the presidency. show off might get him elected so he might think

      December 3, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • Hawk in Texas

      Don't you people even read the articals before you start downing the president? this is not taxpayer money. but we know that you people that were educated in reform school just don't qiute grasp the truth.

      December 3, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      For a little more on Obumers Utopia,,,

      Please see:

      http://video.tagged.com/#v=flW5XNRgb4o

      December 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  15. Steve- Illinois

    If their jobs predictions turn out anything like the stimubust predictions, a couple hundred jobs at best!

    December 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      The Stimulus created or saved almost 3 million jobs. Where do you think we would be if we had cut more jobs like the Repubs wanted? The Repubs are bankrupt of ideas. This President has many.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
      • Hawk in Texas

        When you respond to people like steve in illinois you have to remember that their brains did not evolve along with their body's. they still have an amobea size brain.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • Bill in STL

        you are a fool.... it maintaind jobs and did not add to them

        December 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • jean2009

      Hey Stevea.
      The stimulus created many jobs you never even thought of, and saved a great many others....plus with no help for the idiots on the other side of the aisle, he has whittled Bush's hemorrhage of job loss down month after month.

      December 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  16. ZCampbell

    Wow look at all this "Input". Grow up and don't talk about it, be about it. If everyone dedicated as much time towards these issues as they did playing online maybe we could get something done. Grab him by the nuts and he will do what WE THE PEOPLE want. Which has always been the case. People are too reliant on what the TV and Internet tell them. I personally say we start a revolution whose with me? lol

    December 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  17. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I think the point here is you are Robbing Peter to pay Paul. In effect Federal (Borrowed) dollars from someone China perhaps are where the money will come from. It only adds to the already Huge 15 Trillion Dollar debt. Of course there will be jobs involved, but no money from the Private Sector. There may be a few more jobs during the Holiday Season but will they last thru the year? We will see.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • jean2009

      You didn't even read the article did you?

      December 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Obviously you didn't read the article did you. But as usual you Rethugs don't read or accept fact, that's why you're going down. Bye bye.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      The up front cost will be defrayed by the saving in the future... or some such drivel.... basically you are being informed that you will pay for it andif itdoes not come true.... Oh well.... You have no choice..... Perhaps you better re-read the article .... with out those obama colored glasses

      December 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  18. EJ

    I'm a prod '61er, born 2 mths after the Prez. Much of what he did in years 1 & 2 was the undoing of Reagan era crap that hurt the middle class. Now, its time to 're-invest' in America, and we'll do it w/o the GOPs help, damn it!

    December 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      EJ,,, You are a Marxist!

      We don't need no stinking Marxists here!

      Go back to your parent's basement or CUBA!

      December 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
      • Iamnotfooled

        Hey troll you are going to be unemployed in November of 2012.

        December 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
      • Iamnotfooled

        By the way– We don't need no stinking Tea Partier or Repub either! People are really catching on to that.

        December 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
      • neboway

        to : 1FreeWorld , i don't live in the U S and I'm not even an American , but i reckon ( that oz slung for think , not that you would know where that is , due to your head being up your rear or in a member of your inbred family ) you should go back and play the banjo in deliverance country , you insult the intelligence of other Republicans , you're not even a Republican , i'm even surprised that you even can write at all or maybe your sister writes for you , cheer's to all other decent comments on here .

        December 3, 2011 at 9:40 am |
      • Hawk in Texas

        You have had your time out from under your rock. now go away.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Bill in STL

        No you don't need anybody except like minded robots ... created in your image..... You talk about diversity but you will not accept that it means far more than ethinic differences... Once again you have proved that liberals are a legend in their own mind...

        December 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  19. Emperor Norton

    If he employs American taxpayers to work on these buildings, as was his stated intent, then the four billion dollars earmarked for the project will go straight back into the American economy via those taxpayers. There seems to be an odd conviction among certain folks that money you pay Americans to do a job simply disappears, when that isn't the case. The money goes into Americans' pockets to pay other Americans for the goods, services, shelter, and entertainment they require.

    Put simply, putting money into the economy helps the economy. This is similar to some of the roadwork and public park projects used during the Great Depression, which were quite successful. If the result is more efficient, lower-cost federal buildings, then it's a win-win all the way around. The only reason to be against it is if you're sufficiently anti-Obama that you automatically distrust anything he does, and to be fair, I had a similar reaction to George W. Bush. Still, when Bush did do something smart, I would give him credit for it, and I'd hope Republicans are smart enough to see that here.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Mick

      so why don't we just print billions of dollars constantly and inject it into the economy? Printing money and giving it away doesn't create wealth, just like stimulus moneys don't create jobs.

      December 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Emperor Norton

        Mick: interesting response.

        This isn't the same thing, however. Pretending that I were President for a moment, I could simply go into the Federal Reserve and order the production of a few billion extra hundred-dollar bills, then hand them out on the street. This would, however, result in runaway inflation that would cause more damage than the recession I'm attempting to combat.

        This is an attempt to use a relatively small sum of money to create jobs, as opposed to wealth. If energy savings and private donations cover the funding, then you've put $4 billion worth of private citizens back to work for the duration of the project, thus injecting $4 billion directly into the economy. This is pre-existing money that was given to the government by the people via taxes, which is now back in the hands of the people and recirculating, which adds it back into the system. No inflation is caused, no deficits added to, and the local economies around the project sites are buoyed. It's really simple economics.

        December 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • GetReal

      Thank you for making an excellent point. Many can't read between the lines and others have short memories.

      December 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Frank

      Yeah, like the "cash for clunkers", the "American Recovery Act", The GM vote buying, sorry GM bailout... worked just like the stated intent. These programs failed miserably, had disastrous unintended consequences, and actually broke securities law.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Okay ... so let me get this straight ... the President is going to employ more people (more federal employees) using tax payer dollars to provide their salaries and benefits.... AND they will pay taxes on those tax dollars ... And this is GOOD?

      December 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
      • Emperor Norton

        Yes, Bill, it is good. Putting a few thousand Americans back to work, who will spend the money they earn working in an American economy, in order to provide buildings for Americans to use, which will save American money by being energy-efficient, is generally good. It's a 21st-century spin on the successful programs during the New Deal, and historically, those were effective. This is why history is taught in schools.

        December 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        So here is an interesting take on the new deal, and one you can google..

        Part of the New Deal was the introduction of Keynesian economics. This stated that the government would begin deficit spending to put people back to work. After the economy started moving again, the government would back out and recoup the losses incured.

        Unfortunately, FDR soon realized that he could "buy" votes this way and the idea of deficit spending still exists today because of this.

        So while it was helping in "priming the economic pump", it can be directly attributed to the huge deficits that are in place today.

        Hmmmmmm

        December 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Bill much of the huge deficits today are from paying for unfunded middle-east wars; the interest on borrowing to pay for unfunded wars; sending foreign aid to countries who in turn thumb their nose at any move that would benefit us; allowing war profiteers rob us blind; allowing millionaire's and billionaire's to write off second, third homes, yachts, etc...it is well spent when it is put in the collective pockets of everyday American people...the working middle class, in the end, they are the people who make this country great.

        December 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Once again jean you missed the point... your passion is enviable, it is to ad that it clouds you ability to read. If you look at what I posted ... It clearly states that the source of deficit spending is FDR by the use of Keynrsian economics... It also goes on to point out that FDR found he could buy votes that way,,,, I said nothing about current devt ... but it is intersting to note that most policiticans today seem to do that very same thing ... No mater what party .... can you accept that?

        December 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  20. Mick

    More Stimulus spending...YAY because that work out so well before. People always talk about the jobs that created by stimulus spending but they never talk about the jobs lost because of it. They don't realize that when the gov't spends money it has to take it away from another sector of the economy and since gov't spending is almost always inefficient and non-productive, it makes the US poorer than before. All that happens with stimulus spending is taking money away from the productive sector of the economy and putting it to use in a un-productive sector.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  21. Chuck

    President Obama: Leading the Free World AND doing Congress's job for them.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hey Chuck,,,

      Obumer is Breaking the Law and he is not above the Law,,,,

      O-BoZo is soon to be in Jail or in Cuba, in exile!
      with Maxine Waters and the rest of the CBC.

      December 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
      • ChrisM

        Free is a troll, ignore it.

        December 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Chris..."troll" is putting it kindly.

        December 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Frank

      Yes, leading the free world into more Islamic republics in Egypt, Libya, et.al... Leading the free world into a death spiral, more like it. Russia just shipped "cruise missles" to Syria, is threatening to target U.S. missile sites. Iran has certainly militarized their nuclear program.
      Maybe you consider giving the Queen of England all of your speeches on an IPod leading the free world, what a narcissist...

      December 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      And I have seen him in blue leotards with a red cape too..... ;-)

      December 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  22. jerry

    Thats like spending $100 and getting a $20 tax credit (sort of)...it still cost $80. Another obummer vote buying campaign...like all the rest. He learned this trick back in the ACORN days. If business can see a return comming from investment they will make the investment...gladly. They dont need O'Moron to tell them how to make money...or sense for that matter.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Hawk in Texas

      When do you people crawl back under your rocks.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  23. mac58

    Please, Please , Please Congress do not allow Obama to invest in anything," ESPECIALLY ENERGY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • GetReal

      Which oil company do you work for, Mac?

      December 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Where are you getting your Government Hand-Outs?

        How can you afford Gas or Electricity?

        Where are you getting your Heat during the WInter and AC during the Summer?

        December 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Congress had nothing to do with it... the article stated this:

      a series of executive orders Obama has issued over the last two months without congressional involvement.

      December 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  24. GOD

    When will we have solar panels on the WHITE HOUSE?

    Jimmy Carter put them on decades ago; Ronne Reagan took them off!

    Within the last year I heard lots of talk from the WHITE HOUSE that any day now, the solar panels were going up...

    As a supporter of keeping my creation clean, green and healthy, let's get it done!

    December 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • ChrisM

      Thank you GOD for reminding us that you want us to take care of the earth

      December 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      God is providing Oil Energy, Renewable Energy, Gas Energy, Nuclear Energy, Coal Energy, Human Energy, Etc,,,

      Let's use the Energy!!!

      Regarding keeping this earth clean,,,

      Let's make sure we have Electricity and Gas and Water,,,
      so that we can keep the Earth Warm and Clean
      from the OWS'ers,,,,

      So OWS'ers won't pollute this Earth with their Feces and make Folks sick,
      like folks without energy do in 3rd World Countries!

      December 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
      • ezduzit757

        @1freeworld- I've seen you on many blogs and you never have anything intelligent to say – just a bunch of teabagger bull regurgitated

        December 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @EZ does It 757!

        You do not have to worry about the TEA Party Revolution,,,

        You have to worry about those (pause)
        that you MARXISTS want to
        take from....

        Lefties are the USEFUL IDIOTS,,,

        Lefties will be the first to go!
        (Wake up GUYS,,, READ HISTORY or look up Useful Idiots on Gogl)

        The TEA Partiers are just trying to tell the Federal Government that the Federal Government
        cannot ROB the Taxpayers any more!

        Rant, Rant Wahh Wahhh,,,

        The next Marxist's Shellacking is 2012

        COMING TO A VOTING DISTRICT NEAR YOU!

        December 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  25. alchems

    hmmm this will end up as another FUBAR situation this money will be spent as low bid contract about 80% of the upgrades or new installs won't work correctly when complete. i see this in government buildings and schools all the time

    December 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  26. Radewin

    I can not beleive irresponsible and crooked politicians in America, a country with a $14,000,000,000,000 deficit have the audacity to put the country's national security and financial stability at risk by passing such an irresponsible defense package for $662,000,000,000. This while Us citizens are burdening pay cuts, unprecedented unemployment, delapitated infrastructure, insufficient funding for education, increased incarciration, increased health care costs, a federal government that does not have the human decency to work for the people but instead for special intrest groups and lobbyist like AIPAC, has the audacity to vote through a bill which adds to existing burdens ordinary Americans are coping with ALONE with no support from our so called federal government. Taxation without representation is what we see happening in America. The Wall Street protests are based on this premise with this continued irresponsible government spending at will for AIPAC and the lobbyist looking to drag America into another war which will have severe consequences. Tell me I'm not the only one concerned this is ludicrous, no ands ifs or buts about it! less

    December 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  27. john kesrouan

    SOLYNDRA PART DEUX.

    How fast can you fill his pocket with campaign cash.

    December 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  28. Frank

    Excellent, I am certain that this won't be another Solyndra deal, doling out money to the President's campaign contributors. Nothing to see here, keep moving.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Rick McDaniel

    This is nothing but more crony capitalism, at its worst.

    In the private sector, this would be considered criminal.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Iamnotfooled

      Anything that is putting people back to work is crony capitalism to you repubs. Spoils your plot to make him a one term President.

      December 2, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      So if the governement is your employeer, then how is this different from the old USSR? In order to achieve the equality that was so desired then .. the government owned everything and everyone worked for the government. You had no choice in what career you pursued, you had nothing but the clothes on your back and they wee provided courtesy of the government as was your food, lodging, heat, water etc. You can see the evidence of this in Venezuela today under Hugo Chavez... Then we have elected officials like Maxine Waters claiming that she could not wait till the oil companies were subsidised by the government. And Al Sharpton declaring that a vote for Obama was a vote for socialism. Hav you noticed that his solutionisto make everyone a government employee?

      December 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  30. Blinded by the republican lie

    Obviously, Howard didn't get the memo...the friggin project is TAXPAYER NEUTRAL!!!! but ...kiss may arse...I called you a tool not a fool like you did mebut I can take it...you just can't...idiot!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Yah right .... that is why the article said that after the initial investment, we would recoup the cost in the savings ... How many times have we heard that lie!

      December 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  31. Dee

    Good Job Mr. President and Clinton this does not cost the tax payers anything but the naysayers will never believe anything that you accomplish. Finally something can be done for the americans without the help and bickering of Congress.

    They have outsmarted themselves just saying NO and looking out for the wealthy instead of helping hardworking people who have lost their jobs because of no fault of their own.

    President Obama 2012

    December 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Sure it does .... Read it again... the federal governement will be partnering with private industry .... and something about executive orders that bypassed congress... HMMMmmmmm

      December 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Oh and don't forget the part about the intial cost being defrayed by future savings... yeah .... its in there. You stopped reading when you hit the part about not costing the tax payer anything.... Don't hold your breath on any lessining of the debt.

        December 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  32. Iamnotfooled

    The money they save from the utilities will pay for the improvements and put people back to work. They in turn will spend their money ,improve the economy, and pay taxes. Unemployment will go down and unemployment benefits will cost the country less. Our deficit will go down because of this and the interest on the debt will be less. Now if President Obama's infrastructure bill would go forward -- better yet. Go Obama--You don't need the Republicans.

    December 3, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Travis Journey

      If you honestly think obama is going to relected, you are the definition of stupid.

      December 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      So how long before that money saved can be turned towards the debt? Any Idea??

      December 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  33. 4148

    great how much did the energy sector get from the stimulus package? more spending her more spending there when is he gonna start cutting his own governments dam spending?

    December 3, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • Travis Journey

      You obviously don't know what your talking about. This goes way beyond that. Foreign spending is thru the roof and it would take alot more than $4billion investment to pay off TRILLIONS in debt.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  34. Saber

    This is all the CIC, (Chief Idiot in Charge), has to offer after this long in office? Well all of you blaming the Republicans make me laugh! As if they are the only ones who are creating the probolems in Washington DC. Wake up people! Its all of them who are the problem. If you are too blind to recognize this, then you need to do more homework and quit blaming just one side of Congress. Here in the United Soviet Socialist Republic of Kalivornia have more problems than we know what to do with! Where did they come from? DUH! A Democrat Controlled State Senate and Assembly. Now we are in financial trouble, have the highest tax rate, and our State Government still can't pay its bills! Any guess asa to what's going to happen in Washington DC? Just have a look at our issues here and you'll have a good idea.

    As for this new program he came up with, just remember yesterday's headlines. Another 50 Billion US Tax Dollars going out to another 3rd World AIDS Program. I understand its for a good cause, BUT we have our own issues here in the USA with our own people. To continue to throw money away to another 3rd World Cause, is completely unacceptable, in particular in the light of our own domestic troubles which under this presidency seem to continue to be ignored.

    Mr. President, its time you cut off the Gravy Train of US Tax Dollars heading out of this country, and pay attention to the folks here who can better benefit from more domestic programs to get folks employed, and this country running again. Personally I think its time you pull some of the radicals from both sides of the isle and have a Boot in the A... Summit!

    December 3, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  35. 4148

    so mr president how did giving all that money to solar company solyndra turn o with our money this time. ohh wait when have you ever made a solid inveut? i hope you are making a better investmentstment with our money?

    December 3, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Ann Marie

      What a misinformed idiot you are. Go back read the article and then post before embarrassing yourself further.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        It is a valid question.... the only idiot here is you...

        December 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        The only idiot here is Bill.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Ouch jean ... I am hurt to the quick... LMAO

        December 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  36. R. SinclaIR

    There goes another 4 bill down the tubes. Obama and his clan have washed so much money on failed projects there is no reason to think this is any different. He isn't looking to make things better, he is simply spending our money on his re election. Like one poster stated, the pipeline is yesterdays news but here was a project that was approved, paid for and offered up to 20,000 jobs that Obama put on hold because he thought it might lose him a few votes. This is only one of many examples of Obama putting re election over the good of the country. Add to that his miserable record in office and you can see why there is so little faith in his newest 4 billion spending spree.Who knows, he may even grab a little for himslef so he can take yet another vacation costing the tax payers' millions.

    December 3, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  37. Pete

    Another day, another bag of dollars ! Buying his way to re-election, one special interest handout at a time, rightup to election day.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  38. truindep

    watching this guy is like watching a bad reality show,

    December 3, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  39. Joey

    You guys are all idiots. No matter who's in power they waste money. I want to know how they spend the money they currently take in before I give them more. Here in Illinois they'll be almost doubling tolls next year, but we all know that money will never make it to the roads because the first batch of money never made it there, it's always siphoned off to somewhere else. Like the bridge tolls that are only supposed to exist until said bridge is paid for, yet they continue in perpetuity. Am I the only one who wants accountability?

    December 3, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Steveo

      Joey, you are not the only one who accountability! May be when enough of us do, DC will start to listen. As long as the cheerleaders make more noise than we do, its business as usual! Here in my country in SC, a 1% "TEMPORARY" increase to our sales tax was passed. It is interesting how permanent temporary can be! I agree that it doesn't matter who is in power!

      December 3, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  40. Sarah

    Enough is Enough!!! We are broke. How much more money is this President going to waste? The tax payers are feed up and we will never recover the MILLIONS he gambled/payback away in his last tax payer funded Solyndra give away. This President is a complete waste. What a joke!

    December 3, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  41. oilmann

    What a Freaking Joke..... SOLYNDRA BEACON ENERGY.....Still Unanswered questions Barry? Not going away......

    December 3, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  42. mary

    Bet if cities and towns did not use christmas lights millions would be saved...however am thankful that jobs are created..

    December 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  43. mikle

    I don't Obama in 1%. mr GAIN in much better that Obama- con man. He is 100% liar. I vote for him in 2008, but i want my vote back,

    December 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  44. mikle

    I don't TRUST Obama in 1%. mr GAIN in much better that Obama- con man. He is 100% liar. I vote for him in 2008, but i want my vote back,

    December 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      @mikie...Who is the mr Gain you keep jabbering about?

      December 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  45. International_Bro (Georgia)

    I say good on Prez Obama and Clinton. Its investments like these I feel will make a world a better place. Even if a Republican Prez came up with this I would support it. People have gotta stop sipping the Tea Party's Cup and just READ and research. Stop downing anything positive simply because its has Obama involved. That's the same kind of extreme thinking and fear mongering that's dividing out country.

    December 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  46. 4148

    tell us mr president how much did the energy sector get from the stimulus package? tell us how much did you give to solyndra before they when bankrupt and ohh is the government getting that money back. You have not made good investments with our money yes the money of the american people, i does not belong to you so all you do is spend and spend dint your Harvard law degree teach you anything? Why dont you just quit the presidency and hide in shame like bush.

    December 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • Ann Marie

      Ok go take econ 101 and then post. Everyone who invests money expects some losses. A 1% loss in investments is considered a pretty good investment strategy, but you seem to know better.

      December 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • Joey

        The point is that I DIDN'T invest! I didn't have a say in it all, they merely took my hard earned money and threw it away. That's called theft and waste, which isn't mentioned in econ 101. If you enjoy seeing your money thrown away then more power to you, but I don't.

        December 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        is that 500 million that Solyndra lost accptable in your Budget Ann Marie? If so, then pleas write a check to the American tax payer for that amount.

        December 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        And isn't that really what OWS is all about.... the peoples money being spent/used in a manner that is not responsible?

        December 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Bill STFU...whiny...whiny. Israel has cost us $1.6 Trillion since 1973, and we have pumped in money since 1948....so go figure. $1.6 Trillion is $5,700. per man, woman and child in the United States.

        Read: http://www.ifAmericaknew.org What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine
        Articles About U.S. Aid .

        Israel receives $3 billion per year in aid, which amounts to one fifth of our annual foreign aid budget. That amounts to a per capita $500 annual subsidy for each Israeli citizen.

        And you have the gall to complain about being responsible .....OWS.....is are American citizens.

        Go green. Obama-Biden 2012

        December 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        Thanks Ann Marie. I would rather our money be spent on research and development of renewable energy. Not all will make it, but that is to be expected in any business field.

        December 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        thats chump change compared to the last 2 and 1/2 years

        December 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        Bill, again you are correct in the term chump change, but it really should be compared to the money Halliburton & other war contractors received from the Bush wars.

        December 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Still living in the past there Tom.... Why are you so busy looking behind you when the cliff is in front of you?

        December 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        No Bill, I just see that everytime and I mean everytime the GOP has been in charge our country gets screwed up. The robber barons, the greaer us back into t depression, Nixon & Watergate, Reagan & Iran-Contra, Reagan & Savings Loan & finally W. The real reason for the cliff you speak of. Obama is trying to right the ship with the GOP attempting to steer us back the other way. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

        December 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      All you do is whine...whine...whine.

      December 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        No jean ... I don't .. but you on the other had are very liberal with the personal attacks and insults..

        Oh .... Look ... I made a puny!

        December 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  47. Local guy

    Why do all of Obamas ideas require large amounts of money to "save" money...............has any of them yet?

    December 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  48. Local guy

    What are Obama's grades in college????

    December 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  49. Catmandew

    More helpin Obamas friends and less helpin our country! Wastin money WE do not have resources WE can not afford to waste! This is gonna be Obamas CRONNIES lining their pockets again!

    December 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  50. Mike

    Why is it every time something has bi-partisan support I get the feeling I’m going to get [expletive deleted] in the end? I don’t see how this one could [expletive deleted] me, but I know it must if it’s that popular in Washington.

    December 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  51. Catmandew

    Can you say Solandra go back where you came from Obama Tax and Spend the Obama way! It is not your money Barrack your job is NOT to waste it! Your job is NOT to create jobs! Just to keep gov`t regs in check so small biz owners can!

    December 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  52. Free Man

    WHAT BS

    The USA is broke.

    Nada denero.

    NO MONEY...

    Terminate the EPA and America can get back to work without government.

    December 4, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • jean2009

      Keep the EPA and keep Obama-Biden 2012

      December 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        You can have them jean... my preferance would be to invest in technology that makes sense.... and government butting out.

        December 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  53. Student Researching Stuff

    I think this is a great idea, but:

    So where is the first 2 billion coming from?

    From what I understand either the rest of America will pay for it (I have no idea how if its not from tax) or
    Obama just said something, and the 2 billion dollars are going to appear out of nowhere

    December 4, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  54. george of the jungle

    well again the president has done something constructive and again all the repo nimrods start complaining. And the repos have done what to create jobs and save energy???? Oh yeah they are to busy courting Trump to handle their next debate.Or consoling Cain. I havent seen ol flip flop or pimp daddy doing anything. So joey howard and the rest take it to fox.

    December 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Dear George, last I checked it was a free country... Has that changed? I know you and Jean and the rest of you liberal efite snobs would love it if we did.... But who would you have to blame for your pwn short commings (and goings) then? Just imagine ... a country of people that think the way you do .... wouldn't you love it? But when it all crumbles who will you blame? Bush? LMAO

      December 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        Again Bill, you and most of the GOP love to mince terms. Liberal does mean freedom. Liberal does mean forgiving. Conservative according to you & way too many others means that if we do not think like you, then we must be wrong. Learn from history and don't repeat it.

        December 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        you are so far off base with your thoughts that it is laughable. What is the prime objective of the liberal democratic parth Tom? Larger government is at the core of that goal. More red tape and beauracracy to entangle people in. More and more restrictions on the revenue creating industry in this country..... without the private sector this country would not be half what it is today, or perhaps that is what you want?

        December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  55. Tom from Canonsburg

    Sorry, but those are not impeachable offenses. Try again. The counter arguement could be simply that the NRA and the anti-gun control wing of the GOP are responsible for 100's of thousands of guns going from the gunshows into Mexico.

    December 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Its more likely that the government will send them there ..... just like they have already done....

      December 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        Read the news, instead of critizing it. There is too much data proving that the gunshows are the primary source.

        December 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
      • jerry

        hey moron! People kill people not guns... besides eric hold and mob have done a great job handing out guns to drug cartels...leftists just never make sense. If someone does commit a crime with a fire arm then burn them...big time....otherwise but-out!

        December 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  56. 1FreeWorld

    Let's say I Paid a little more
    Early on,
    on my Soon-to-be SOLAR POWERED Home,,,,

    In Hopes

    That I will be in front of the Electic Power Curve and save Bundles!!!!

    A LITTLE Jingle (not CHRISTMAS JINGLE, I mean Cash,,,)

    I will get a Rebate from Tax Payers! YAY!

    According to the Bankrupt (Non-Disclosed Company),,,
    According to ALL the OTHER Liberals and Marxists,,,
    According to All the makers of (Non-disclosed) Foreign National's Solar Energy Manufacturers,,,,

    SOLAR PANALS, SOALR ELECTRICITY, and SOLAR COMPANIES are

    Not the way to go,,,
    BANKRUPT!

    If you Liberals have a Viable Company,,, better support the Constitutional Conservatives,,

    You may be able to continue Selling within the FREE MARKET SYSTEM!

    Removed a Soverign Nation's Name and referred to
    "All the makers of Foreign National's"

    Did not work,,,still sequestered,,,

    Now removed a Valid Company's name and referred to
    According to the Bankrupt (Non-Disclosed Company),,,

    Now removed other references to Marxists and Liberals... (removed the word "CHANGES")

    Let's see where that goes

    December 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  57. jerry

    businesses will spend money to retro fit or etc.. if it makes sense... this is just another obutthead farce, anyone who can think would see that. Remember American corporations are at the moment very very cash rich...they don't need this garbage. noobama 2012

    December 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  58. Howard

    Barbara Walters said:

    Thank you all. Many died in Vietnam for our freedoms. I did not like Jane Fonda then and I don't like her now.

    She can lead her present life the way she wants and perhaps SHE can forget the past, but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment and see her "honored" as a "Woman of the Century."

    (I remember this well)

    For those who served and/or died.. . .

    NEVER FORGIVE A TRAITOR. SHE REALLY WAS A TRAITOR!!

    and now President OBAMA wants to honor her......!!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      I thank Jane Fonda everyday for her putting herself out there to help stop that war. In my opinion she will forever be a hero. Barbara didn't have sons draft age. I feel her work kept many more from dying.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • steveo

        Jane fonda did nothing to stop that war. She was a propraganda tool! That being said this was about 50 years ago! Some folks have decided to move on and there are those who still harbor anger. No one says to forget BUT some forgiveness may be in order! Everyone has to decide for themselves!

        December 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • jean2009

        @steveo You are very naive if you think those who protested did not have a hand in helping bring that war to an end. I lived that era with draft age sons.... I should know. Kent State was sort of the icing on the cake for ending that war. Jane Fonda, in my book, was standing up and speaking truth to power.
        Yes, it was 50 years ago. Howard, fool that he is, wants to bring up an old email hoax to discuss. His post can be checked out at: snopes.com; truthorfiction.com. President Obama is not making an award to anyone. The program "100 Women of the Century" aired in1999, and Jane Fonda was one of the recipients. Most sites exposing Howard's current hoax lie can be found by googling: Myth buster-Hanoi Jane Fonda-"100 Greatest Women".

        December 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Every vietnam vet I know will not utter her name. If you recall jean it was Richard M. Nixon that ended that war .... Hanoi Jane went to Norht vietnam and sat on the AA gun posing for pictures.... she released a statement from there as well.... Richard M. Nixon ended LBJ's war in 1973 with the Paris peace accords and NVA army attacked across the border in 1975. How many MIA's are there still from that war??? what do you care about them? If you are thankful for Jane Fonda then you betray them all......

        December 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
      • Steveo

        Jean2009,

        Don't twist my words! I am talking about Jane Fonda and not Kent State students or anybody else. Jane Fonda's trip to North Vietnam was a propaganda tool and did nothing to end the war! I will agree those who protested in the streets most likely did catch the eyes of politicians. As for Fonda, she did absolutely nothing! She was a tool for the enemy!

        December 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Bill if you will go to: snopes.com;truth or fiction; urban legends and you will find Howard's idiotic post is a hoax email with mostly items fabricated out of the ether...just like most of what you just posted. I can't help it if Vietnam vets are suckered by lies, and don't read any further than a hoax email.

        If you want to give Nixon so much credit I suggest you read: "Nixon's Vietnam War" by Jeffrey Kimball Frankly, with the sentiment on the home front, he didn't have much choice. But give him credit...it was a wrong war; for the wrong reasons; from the get go.
        And remember Nixon screwed the military veterans, of that war, when he pocket vetoed the Veteran's Health Care Expansion Act of 1972...basically letting them come home without adequate coverage.

        December 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        I am a Vietnam era Vet. I give a lot of respect to my brothers who spent time in the jungle. None of them died without honor, but all died for a cause other than our freedom. It was for oil investments in the Gulf of Tonkin. The Chinese have been harvesting that oil since we left. I also spent time in the streets with a group called Vietnam Vets against the War. Fonda made a terrible mistake in her life and probably will never be forgiven. She did stand for her belief, however wrong it was. BUT wasn't this a conversation about energy. I missed some statements, but at least I tied this back to ener

        December 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Steveo try Jane Fonda Hanoi Myth-Myths of Women's History @ womenshistory.about.com and read all three pages. Whether she actively did anything that ended the war earlier is doubtful, but her position for peacefully ending the war was not lost on anyone, and she definitely was not alone in protesting.
        Try Fact Check.org -Blame Jane Falsehoods with a subtitle question:
        Is President Obama Honoring Jane Fonda as one of the Women of the Century?
        The answer is: No, That Was Done 11 years ago by Barbara Walters of ABC News.

        December 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Once again you both jump to the conclusion that I am joing with Howard. I am not... I assure you that his is only me. You do this contantly Jean... you sterotype in the most outrageous manner ... My feelings for jane Fonda will not change. In 1972 when Hanoi Jane pulled her stunt... the troop levels had already dropped from 536k to 24k. So what was the point .... 510K had already come home. and SHE stopped the war? Please.

        The vietnam totals look like this

        Vietnam War (1964–1975)
        Total servicemembers 8,744,000
        Serving in-theater 3,403,000
        Battle deaths 47,424
        Other deaths in service (theater) 10,785
        Other deaths in service (nontheater) 32,000
        Nonmortal woundings 153,303
        Living veterans 7,286,500

        So I am not sure where you get your info unles you are counting the MIA's but even that does not make sense ... the number of MIA's is 2, 646.

        These are all reputable sites .... and not associated with a party.... I guess if I can't trust what you say about this .. .then how can I trust what you say at all.

        December 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm |
  59. Bill in STL

    And again you both miss the point..... IF energy was involved it was at the hand of LBJ... a liberal democrat. LBJ is the president that escalated that war and tied the hands of our valiant soldiers over 58 thousand plus died in that war. Yes she made a mistake ... a serious one ... you can fogive her that and still hold a conservative responsible for a marital indescrection????? WHICH is WORSE.... AND you have the audacity to spell out energy as the root cause??? you twist and turn and lie about everything ... HOW dare you!!! and you have the audacity to say the the 4500 troops killed in Iraq is far worse than the 58k killed in vietnam????? at the hands of a meglomaniac democratic president? Jane Fonda may not be a traitor, but she certainly helped no GI with her antics.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      I lost a brother. a cousin, and 5 high school friends to that dam war and I will not hear praise of that woman.... Remember Jeann and TOM I lived that time as well.... both in SE asia and in the USA

      December 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        And I too lost a cousin in that unnecessary war.

        Again your whole time line is off. The actual build up to the Vietnam War started in 1950 when we started sending military aid and equipment to the French to be used for a war of containment to keep communism from spreading in South East Asia. When the French left in 1955-56, we stepped in and started sending military adviser's to train the South Vietnamese Army under Eisenhower. The number greatly escalated again under Kennedy.

        But, if you really want to be accurate the conflict probably started to brew in the 1920's under the French colonial rule; a promise was made to the Vietnamese that if they helped stop China during WWII we would help them gain freedom from French rule ....we broke that promise.

        I agree with Tom we are way off topic for an article about energy and our need for finding clean renewable methods of furnishing our own without funneling money into wars, all over the world, to fund our addiction.

        December 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        as may be jean.... but to you distorted history .... US troop levels in Vietnam were 760 in 1959, 900 in 1960. During JFK they were 3k, 11k, 23k and 23k. Under LBJ... 1965 .... they jumped to 184k and in 1968 they were 536k.... all this on LBJ's watch. Under Nixon the troop levels began reducing and in 1973 here were 50.

        While the conflict did indeed start with the first or french indo china war... the United states did not become involved untl 1959 or the second indochina war.

        And no we are not far afield here ... the main point is that you andothers like you seem to be like pr a va da when recalling history ... change it so it suits you. Just as Tom has done .... It seems that only OIL men live in Texas ans are also involved in plotiics... NOT

        December 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
      • jean2009

        in November 1955 Eisenhower deployed the Military Assistance Advisory Group to train the South Vietnamese Army under him the troop levels in Vietnam had risen to 900.
        Under Kennedy the troop levels increased from 900 to 16,300 give or take a few hundred..
        Troop levels as stated on the troop levels chart are for the number on ground on January 1, 1960 were 900. Kennedy did not take office until January 20th.
        Pray tell where did I distort ?
        When you look at the Vietnam War troop level charts you will notice that as the troop levels for American forces were drawn down under Nixon, the Vietnamese count soared, and in many cases the allied forces count went up especially for the Korean forces.

        December 6, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • Tom from Canonsburg

      LBJ & W were both oil men. Gained their wealth from one substance. Remember I said oil. and the number killed is 68,000 killed.I have no love for LBJ and demonstrated against both him and Nixon. I also never said I forgave Fonda, I just said that she stood up for what she believed. As a veteran, I stood for even your right to speak. I also have tried to be civil here and you just like the pundits like Rush instead of coming up with fact you continue to try a yell over my right to speak my opinion. AS far as the root cause, it was greed for oil. Prove that I lie about that. Because I have a difference of opinion I must be a liar. You are ridiculous.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Appearenly your apathy towards LBJ have led you to make assumtions about him that are not true. LBJ was not involved in oil.... LBJ accepted FDR' appt to the Director of the Texas Naional Youth Administration and resigned in 1937 to run in a special election for the 10th congressional district ... and He won. Re-elected in 1938 and was appointed a lt. commander in the naval reserves in 1940. He lost the next election in 1941 to "pappy" and went on to receive a silver start from General Douglas MacArhtur in 1942. In 1948 he regained his seat in the senate and in1951 was elected Majority Whip. The list goes on of all sorts of postions and won elections over the years until 1961 when he took the oath of office for the full 6 year term as a US senator which he resigned immeadiately took the oath of office as JFK's VP.

        Nowhere in the LBJ Library are any references made to that sort of entanglement. So one wonders where you got your information... again a distortion of the truth?

        December 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
      • jean2009

        Tom ...I don't know that LBJ was an oil man, I thought it was radio stations. However, I think you would find much literature floating around on the internet that connects his name to Haroldson L Hunt and Clint Murchison, but then I don't know that you could put credence to any of that; or to anything about the oil depletion allowance. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, and the fact that the Gulf of Tonkin is one of the largest oil reserves?

        Frankly, we need to go a different route than oil. Yes, oil will be around for awhile, but technologically that is not where the 21st Century is going to be....clean, green and renewable is the best course for the 21st Century.

        December 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        I guess it is a known fact that the oil business attracts a lot of unscrupulous people.

        December 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  60. Robert Elzie Garrett

    I think we should open up the Pet4 Naval Petroleum reserve for development of gas and oil. Get a consortium together to build the camp. Make a deal with BP and Exxon to create a union or junction before pump station 1. At the same time build a gas line to meet up with the trans-canadian gas line. BP´s only loss would be the down time necesarry to replace a section of pipe. Call it the fredom camp. When the Freedom camp starts pumping make up BP´s loss right from the get go. Create an indepndent entity to contrl the royalty funds. First objective is to create an infrastructure bank. Fund Fema and any and all projects tha tare infrastructe related. tart with a geek squad to put together any and all requests be it state, county, borough, or cities. In conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA you can create a good overview of what needs to be done. Fund that with the royalties from the oil. Next when the gas starts to flow, Take over all the existing contracts From DOD especially the Navy. After all the oil belongs to them. Between the two them Oil and Gas, they´re responsible to top off and maintain our above ground reserves. Looks to me like, coupled with the receiving station. there will be a lot alot of jobs created. Money will start flowing back into the economy and the big plus is we can slow down money going out of the country to OPEC. The Navy can´t change their port to port expenses but, we could sure give them a big debit card.This is Bobby´s Plan. I´ve given it lot of thought,1. Create a Freedom Camp. 2. Coordinate Fema, the Army Corps of Engineers, and whover else that needs to on board to create and rebuild a viable infrastructure. 3. create jobs, jobs, jobs. 4. Slow down our dependency on foreign oil. 5. Keep that money that would be going out to pay down our debt.
    This will probably work real good but, unless I can get the masses on board and get enough minds behind this plan it won´t see fruition. so post and repost. until it goes viral. Seems to me that both Bush´s plans were to go to war. Seems to me that Obama´s plan wasn´t thought all the way through. Seems to me that if it´s out of Congresses hands, it will work. Seems to me both sides were waiting for a plan Seems to me this could be it. With a lot of help this could bring some sort of salvation to a bankrupt country. We have the resources, let´s use them. Let´s face facts whichever you look at it congress is not going to help until Feb or Mar of 2014. I´ve said my piece.

    December 6, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • jean2009

      Don't think so...Obama-Biden 2012.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
      • Robert Elzie Garrett

        Jean can you elaborate. Not a good plan? Not a good time? Just ain´t gonna happen! Not enough interest? What? What?

        December 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
      • Robert Elzie Garrett

        This is new to me but, I´ll spar. There are flaws but, it´s viable.

        December 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
      • C-Lo

        And Robert's right, please elaborate. Anytime someone advocates a sensible market driven solution here you dismiss it wholesale and stick your O/B '12 bumpersticker on the end. I have yet to see you intelligently debate any of these ideas with counter ideas that don't include childish insults and name calling or point to some socialist/Keynesian article from the Huffing and puffington post.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
      • Steveo

        Welcome back C-Lo!

        December 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • jean2009

      We need to be spending our money on the technology that will replace oil, not on fracking on the North Shore.

      December 7, 2011 at 11:02 am |
      • Robert Elzie Garrett

        If this is done right it won´t effect or affect the taxpayers at all. I wouldn´t advocate spending ANY government funds. Let a seperate entity finance – possibly bonds or loans from the various unions retirement funds or bonds or loans from the Alaska Permanent fund. NO government funds JUST the agreements and stipulations before the lease is granted. Please respond

        December 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • jean2009

        Taxpayer?....In the first place Polar Bears don't pay taxes...and fossil fuels have done enough damage..as for using my union retirement fund >>>NO.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • C-Lo

        "as for using my union retirement fund>>>NO." Great Jean, why don't you instead have it used for Solyndra or Fannie/Freddie? After all that's where your SS went and you sure didn't seem to mind.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ C-Lo Freddie and Fannie have been a problem on and off dating back many years...strange you would bring it up now...since this is not the first or the last time it will be bailed out.

        As for Solyndra that is a shame, but then I can think of a lot of other boondoogles that have been a waste....such as according to the GAO the $53 Billion in oil subsidies shelled out by taxpayers while the oil companies are earning big profits, and at the same time they have not paid the $300Billion in taxes they owe ... and our backing of everything related to dirty energy would be high on the list. Or, is it that you only complain when it is spent (and lost) to research clean energy?

        December 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        C-Lo and you seem to only pull your talking points out of Faux myths.

        December 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
      • Steveo

        n2009,

        I have but 2 questions:

        1. How many more times must Fannie and Freddie need a bail out? If they were a private company, they would have been out of business a long time ago. Perhaps the same fate would be appropriate here!

        2. Why is the government in the mortgage business in the first place? Yet another adventure, they can't get right!

        December 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well steveo good question; but whether you agree or not there is something to be said for home ownership. Plus, there is something to be said for the government better regulating entities that make housing loans. Therein is the problem.

        If we want to look at the history of bailouts. Or, in particular the the bailout of Freddie and Fannie September 7, 2008 for $400 Billion; the closest comparison of bailout cost for the taxpayer was the Saving and Loan bailout 1989 (also mortgage related) for $289.3 Billion. Most of the failed Savings & Loans were in the state of Texas. Strange both happened during a Bush presidency...and both due to the desire of Republicans to erode regulations.

        Being a private company doesn't necessarily mean the business wouldn't be bailed out by the government, that has happened many times during history: Penn Central Railroad 1970, Lockheed Martin, New York City 1975 during the Ford Administration; The Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company during the Reagan Administration. Actually in many cases those private businesses, plus New York City have over time repaid the taxpayer's loan with interest.

        Between 2001 and 2008 we had the bailout of: the Airline Industry; Bear Stearn; Fanny Mae; AIG; Auto Industry;TARP; Citigroup; and Bank of America.

        You can go to: http://www.propublica.org and read The History of U. S. Gov't Bailouts
        Or go to http://www.scribd.com for: History of Government Bailouts of Big Business

        So frankly, the government many times gets it right ... when the unregulated business itself hasn't.

        December 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        Also I would suggest looking at the graph of bailouts since 1970 at ; activerain.com titled: Unbelievable Graph Comparing Government Bailouts Since 1970.
        I think Ken Cook sums it up very well....no one person, or group did this to us. Basically it is our own fault for allowing greed to rule.

        December 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
      • C-Lo

        @Jean
        No-I am not bringing up Fannie and Freddie just now, you are right, they have been a problem for years, as well as subsidies for this, that and the other. I said back when the Solyndra "scandal" broke, that it is wrong for the gov't to make these kinds of decisions and to leave it to the private markets. If you, I or anyone else believes in the viability of a certain investment–be it technological, financial, societal, etc. then we should make the decision to put our money behind it, not the gov't.

        All of this points to the underlying issue–Gov't is too big and powerful. I've said it ad nausium, Dems want a heavy handed powerful Fed gov't rife with regulations, taxes and handouts, Neo-cons have taken this model and used it for their conservative causes, irking Libs like you. You built the beast, but then complain when/how someone else controls it.

        No, I don't condone Solyndra, Freddie, Fannie, Oil, Corn, Auto, Banking, or individual subsidies, and have made that clear many times. The US gov't jobs are:
        1. Protect our country from external threats, which it has done relatively well
        2. Promote and regulate INTERNATIONAL trade and treaties, including regulation of the currency
        3. Function as a mediator in interstate issues
        4. Maintain a level playing field for companies and individuals

        It is this last point that it has, and will continue to fail in miserably...how can you have a level playing field when the gov't has the ability to force investment in companies/industries through subsidies with tax dollars. When the gov't makes an "investment" it's all risk and no reward, as the original discussions over Solyndra pointed out.

        December 12, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  61. C-Lo

    @ Jean
    And exactly what "Faux News" myths do I pull my information from? I'd like to know, as I don't watch Fox news, so please tell me what they are saying that relate to my arguments. My guess is you cannot because you don't watch it either, but get the information they provide from a liberally slanted group like the Huffing and Puffington post.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • Robert Elzie Garrett

      cute Jean

      December 12, 2011 at 10:55 am |