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Greetings from the Left Coast: Be thankful for governors like Perdue

The day after the election California lays off 1,200 phony green jobs and moves them to China.

A solar company steals half a billion dollars of taxpayer money and bolts. Prop. 23 battle marks new era in environmental politics

One wealthy entrepreneur donated $5 million to defeat Prop 23 in order to KEEP the restrictive environmental laws to make manufacturing solar panels in California no longer financially possible. Surprise, he owns a solar company in China. Gov Arnold, Brown and the locked in Dems are to blame.

Director James Cameron and other Hollywood elites donated $25 million, duped into thinking it was going to create more jobs and help California’s economy. Instead of agreeing to suspend the restrictive law which would’ve created millions of jobs, these dopes helped defeat it, losing thousands of jobs.

Even appearing as a conservative, T. Boone Pickens was a con. Remember all his energy infomercials? He had plans for making billions from the taxpayers on those useless, costly wind generators. Did he mention he was going to have them manufactured in China? He now has a junk heap of them piled up rusting somewhere in Texas.

Proposition 23 advocate Charles Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Assn., said California’s climate law mandates “will result in the relocation of jobs and businesses from California to other states and other countries, along with the relocation of carbon emissions produced by those businesses .... Moving carbon from one location to another will not bring about any reduction in greenhouse gases.”

Be thankful for governors like Sonny Perdue. Georgia is building the impossible, two nuclear power plants! That’s unheard of. As a dual state resident, [I think] Georgia is becoming more progressive and futuristic in thinking. Water is a coming major crisis and the governor has already started the ball rolling with fighting to keep our own water reserve and plans for a desalinization plant near Savannah.

Those are also all local jobs. Don’t expect the environmentalists or the media to call these “green” jobs. Where the parts come from should also be made in USA, but that’s probably asking too much.

I belong to a sound environmental watch group, the WFBC, am a lifetime photographer and enjoy nature’s scenic beauty. But a balance of fiscal responsibility, reason and accurate scientific knowledge have to prevail to maintain a balance. The west coast environmental wackos through their emotional zeal and junk science have created hundreds of polluting coal mining plants by shutting down nuclear power in the U.S. Due to their ignorance of nature’s need to clear undergrowth in forests, their restricted agenda has resulted in some of the largest forest fires in history. It goes on and on.

As I sit here, it’s a record breaking 97 degrees in LA where I was born, but I refuse to scream global warming! Looking forward to returning to Fayette County shortly. Even though I won’t see such colorful flowers until spring, California is already dying on the vine.

Michael Meyer

Fayetteville, Ga.



Cyclist's picture

But at least you can buy alcohol on Sunday.

Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Shame on a Governor who refused to allow citizens to vote on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales. His personal view aside, his denial of our ability to vote on the issue is ridiculous. But perhaps not as bad as his $20M plus "Go Fish GA" project--which our Legislature seemed to not have a problem finding funds for that---but not for Trauma Centers!

The AJC today has a long article about the increasing likelihood of Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia.

The usual fundie suspects are aghast at Demon Rum being sold on the Sabbath, and most metro counties are looking forward to increases in tax revenues from these sales.

The lone stick in the mud was Fayette Commissioner Allen McCarty.
From the AJC:
<cite>“We are a very conservative county. Most of the people in the county probably would not favor it,” McCarty said. “But this is a fairly new issue, and we are in the process of deciding what to do about it. We want to find out how people feel.”</cite>

Memo to Commissioner McCarty: Conservatives drink, too.

Californians are coming here because the high standard of living costs less in Georgia. Greed and ignorance abounds in every state in the union. I was saddened to think that Georgians voted down additional trauma centers.

WakeUp's picture

I think what the voters said, at least this voter, was that the state should not be in charge of the hospitals. That we don't trust the state with more money when they have not done a good job with what they already have. That more taxes are not needed. That $80 million is not near enough to fund the number of hospitals mentioned (14 if I remember correctly). And that only passenger vehicles which carry less than 10 people would pay this TAX. No over the road tractor trailers, no FedEx or UPS trucks, no bus and no other non-private vehicle. That's right, they don't have accidents and don't need trauma care.

Observerofu's picture

The only "Green" Jobs we are seeing are in Red China. This is another fine example of our Government wasting our tax dollars.

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

In the LA Times of 18 November, there is this story that rebukes just about all that you have brought forward about your views of the state. Here is that article:

"The notion that it's an old, stodgy county is long gone," said Mike Levin, CleanTech OC's co-founder. "It's large, diverse and politically not what you think. Orange County is extraordinarily well-positioned to be a center — if not necessarily the center — of the clean-tech industry."

Nearby green hubs such as Los Angeles, San Diego and the desert cities are feeding business into Orange County. The roster includes hybrid-electric vehicle company Fisker Automotive Inc., solar services company DRI Energy and cellulosic ethanol producer Bluefire Renewables Inc., all in Irvine.

FlexEnergy, a clean-power company, is upgrading to a 30,000-square-foot office in either Santa Ana or Irvine that will be triple the size of the original. T3 Motion Inc., a Costa Mesa company that makes a three-wheel electric vehicle, is getting interest from security agencies and police departments and even had a cameo in this summer's blockbuster film "Iron Man 2."

Quantum Technologies Inc., a diversified clean-tech company in Irvine, will use a $4.4-million loan from California regulators to build a solar-panel manufacturing facility. Similar projects have pushed clean-tech industry production in the county up 54% since 1995, according to research group Next 10.

The region is also packed with companies like Santa Ana-based QuantumSphere Inc., which makes materials and components for longer-lasting batteries and for reducing auto and power plant emissions.

QuantumSphere co-founder Kevin Maloney, a UC Irvine graduate, helped launch the business from his brother's small Costa Mesa warehouse in 2002. Government funds and tax breaks now abound for clean-tech firms, he said.

"Orange County is typically known more as a software, hardware and biotechnology area," he said. "But there's a shift now that's been happening, a thrust towards more clean-tech-related companies."

Several universities are helping fuel the growth. UC Irvine is home to the Center for Solar Energy, the National Fuel Cell Research Center and the country's most advanced fueling station for hydrogen-powered cars. Two students recently won $25,000 from the X Prize Foundation's Crazy Green Idea contest with their concept for a new energy-storage system.

Even clean-tech companies outside the state — such as energy storage company Ice Energy in Colorado and Chicago-area energy efficiency company Lime Energy— are setting up satellite offices in Orange County to tap the growth.

"Orange County hasn't been known over the years as a center of clean-tech as opposed to places such as the Bay Area or Boston," said Brian Kremer, senior research analyst for clean-tech at Roth Capital Partners in Newport Beach. "But we're discovering more companies here than we had originally thought."

Having several major clean-tech investors based in the county has also helped. One of the country's leading clean-tech investors, David Gelbaum of Quercus Trust, lives in Newport Beach.

"Because the political climate is different than in a lot of other areas of the country, the clean-tech emphasis here has to be on economic growth and job creation and national security," CleanTech OC's Levin said. "It doesn't matter whether your top concern is global warming or not."

Automotive designers have been active in Orange County for years, making the advanced transportation industry with its electric and plug-in vehicles a leader in the region, experts said. And the long history of aerospace in the county resulted in a local workforce trained in science and technology, fields that translate well for the clean-tech market.

But sometimes its simpler reasons that have helped draw clean-tech companies to the county, like less traffic congestion.

Steering clear of Los Angeles traffic was key for clean-tech developer 808 Renewable Energy of Huntington Beach, which is gearing up for an initial public offering in the next few months.

"And we can get a great office space for less here than in Beverly Hills," Chairman Patrick S. Carter said. "There's a little more breathing room. It's a different culture."

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