What is going around? I've had this horrible cold for a week that is just now finally going away. A few mini-diaries of pent up frustration for you...
The question for America is: Do we want the U.S. to lead in clean energy, or do we want to take a backseat to countries like China? To paraphrase a line from Wayne Gretzky, China realizes that clean energy is where the puck is going, and they're skating toward it. According to a recent Pew study, China invested $34.6 billion in clean energy and energy efficiency in 2009 -- more than any other country. The United States was a distant second with $18.6 billion invested. China manufactured and installed more wind turbines than any other nation last year. These facts only bolster the case for why the United States must adopt policies to create a long-term sustainable market for wind energy -- or risk being left in the dust.
National RPS, anyone? Please?
"Estimating the revenue impact of the film incentives adopted in 2008 has been difficult and will remain vulnerable to a wide margin of error until the State has enough experience to discern the correlations between projected media activity, the claimed credits, and wider economic conditions. In addition to major uncertainties, such as those created by the current weak economic climate (and associated lending crises), the ever-changing landscape of competing film incentives in other states and countries, and the wide variation in the costs associated with different productions, a variety of more administrative issues have complicated the estimates," the paper said.
And as the Freep points out, you can't measure the "intangibles". SFA director Gary Olson admits as much as well, and the story goes on to give some very tangible examples of how the industry has brought a boatload of economic activity to workers and local businesses alike. Nancy Cassis, of course, has chosen to ignore all these points is yelling her head off about "holding hearings" on the report to continue her anti-film crusade. Maybe it's a good thing that Bishop is refusing to work for the rest of the year.
Moral of all these stories? Better vote for Democrats, or we end up the "Indiana of the North". You've been warned.