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Posted on July 24 at 10:50 a.m.

Solyndra was 1 failure of 40 successes employing 60,000 people. Typical right-wing hype - concentrate on the non-representative company.

1. The loan guarantee program supporting Solyndra has been a success
The loan guarantee program, which provides government backing of private loans for first-of-a-kind projects, was designed to help leverage capital for innovative renewable energy projects during the height of the financial crisis. And it worked. Since the program was enhanced through the stimulus package, it has supported the world’s largest wind farm, the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, some of the largest solar PV plants in the world, and the country’s largest concentrating solar power project — nearly 40 projects in all that helped keep 60,000 people employed during the economic downturn.

2. The Solyndra bankruptcy represented a small fraction of the overall program
The loan guarantee program came under fire after the bankruptcies of a few high-risk companies — most famously Solyndra — that received backing. But according to John McCain’s National Finance Chairman, Herb Allison, the overall cost to taxpayers will be $2 billion less than actually budgeted for. Backing up the findings of Herb Allison, the Congressional Research Office also concluded that the majority of loans were extremely low risk. In fact, over the last 20 years of experience, the U.S. government has shown a knack for managing risk — with loans and loan guarantee programs only costing tax payers 94 cents for every $100 dollars invested.

4. Dozens of Republicans supported loan guarantees or similar programs
Since the Solyndra bankruptcy, many Republicans have scrambled to create a political scandal. However, a review of official documents and news reports over the years reveals that more than 60 Congressional Republicans — many of whom are critical of government support of renewables — have lobbied the Department of Energy for loan guarantees, grants, and other support for clean energy projects in their districts. In addition, Congressman Darrell Issa, one of the leaders of the House investigation into the Solyndra bankruptcy, strongly supported billions of dollars in loan guarantees for nuclear energy projects. However, when such tools are used for renewable energy, he labels it “picking winners and losers.”

This country would be helped greatly to improve economically, if the Republican lie-machine would just disappear. Thank goodness at least one Republican (ex-governor) supported renewable energy.

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 24 at 8:19 a.m.

"Swings in the data aren’t unusual. Last month’s increase in part-timers followed a 196,000 slump in May. What’s more, there are about a quarter million fewer Americans working part time for economic reasons than at the end of 2013 and a million more with full-time jobs.

“Since late last year, there was a turn in labor market dynamics in favor of full-time employment,” said Millan Mulraine, deputy head of U.S. research and strategy at TD Securities USA LLC in New York. “The underlying message is, the labor market recovery is well and truly on its way.”"

On Latest Unemployment Numbers Released

Posted on July 24 at 8:14 a.m.

"The second thing to remember is never to make a big deal over monthly changes in the household survey data from which these part-time statistics are drawn. As Dean Baker points out around this recent part-time dust up, “If Robert Samuelson had written this piece last month, before the release of the June data, he could have been decrying the disappearance of part-time work, since the economy had lost 318,000 part-time jobs in the prior two months.” According to White House economists, “In the recovery itself 88 percent of the jobs added have been full time, and that number is 99 percent in the last year.”"

"If those facts don’t fit your ideology, I’m sorry, but while you’ve certainly got a right to your own opinion, you don’t have a right to your own facts."

On Latest Unemployment Numbers Released

Posted on July 23 at 9:02 a.m.

Enjoyed the quality of the pieces written at M&S. Hope some of that appears at Noozhawk.

On Plug Pulled on <em>Mission & State</em>

Posted on July 21 at 4:31 p.m.

JarvisJarvis - Your later post about customs in Ghana refutes some of your earlier statements; the discussion has evolved. Yes, old tribal customs throughout the world, have tended to expect women to be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. Men wanted to have many children to help them with their rural work and also to look after them in their old age. That all made sense in agricultural societies. Tasks were assigned by gender, although in many of them, women had to both look after the children and be responsible for food production - while men were the warriors, not doing much in the way of daily family tasks. Also, in those primitive medicine days, populations were kept in check. Thus the traditional family "values" ensured reasonably stability of roles of men and women.

The countries in trouble are those where food and medicine save many lives, but traditional customs do not prevent having too many of those saved children. There are countries in transition with various mixes of women staying at home (some of the men with whom I work have wives who do not work) and more modern countries, where men and women are more equal in hours worked and reproductive decisions.

That is why I have great admiration of Malala, who supports the education of girls, and also for the K.I.N.D. program of providing desks for school kids (of both genders) in Africa. And Bindi Irwin, who wants reproductive education for all kids. Where more people are moving into urban environments, there should be family planning so that "Traffic in Goleta" articles do not have to be written.

And yes, immigration did slow during the recession years and is now picking up to the point of becoming a problem. Mexico should take more responsibility for keeping that in check as well.

On Carbajal in Climate Change Talks

Posted on July 21 at 2:51 p.m.

More Americans Dying as Birth Rates Hit Record Lows

Thanks to younger Americans delaying having children and an exceptionally large group of Americans reaching mortality, the gap between births and deaths in the U.S. is the smallest it’s been in nearly four decades, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census.

That shrinking surplus is the result of two overlapping trends: millennials are putting off big life decisions like marriage and starting families while their aging parents and grandparents begin to pass away in large numbers. It’s a shift demographers don’t see reversing anytime soon.

“I see no evidence of any upturn in fertility, and deaths continue to grow,” says Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute.

According to the Census, there were 2,541,000 deaths between July 2012 and July 2013, the most on record in one year. In nearly 1,000 counties, more Americans died than were born. Meanwhile, just 3,953,000 people were born during that time — the fewest since 1998. The fertility rate for 20- to 24-year-olds is now 83.1 births per 1,000 women, a record low, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That combination created a gap in births over deaths that is the lowest it has been in 35 years.

The US is healing itself.

On Carbajal in Climate Change Talks

Posted on July 21 at 2:47 p.m.

"(September 2013) Africa, by far the world’s poorest region, will record the largest amount of population growth of any world region between now and 2050.

Africa’s population is expected to more than double, rising from 1.1 billion today to at least 2.4 billion by 2050. “Nearly all of that growth will be in the 51 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the region’s poorest,” says Wendy Baldwin, president and CEO of the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). “Rapid population growth makes it difficult for economies to create enough jobs to lift large numbers of people out of poverty.”

Today, women in sub-Saharan Africa average 5.2 children, a rate that rises as high as 7.6 in Niger. The 10 countries worldwide with the highest fertility are all in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to high birth rates, the region’s population is also quite young, with 43 percent of the population below age 15."

On Carbajal in Climate Change Talks

Posted on July 21 at 11:56 a.m.

"And the problem is getting worse. Between 2003 and 2012, the total number of women in need of birth control because they wanted to avoid pregnancy increased from 716 million to 867 million — and most of that growth was among women in the 69 poorest countries, where birth control is already more difficult to come by. About 222 million women in developing countries want to use birth control but aren’t currently able to access a modern contraceptive method, and nearly three quarters of those women live in the world’s poorest countries."

“Unless the adequacy of family planning services improves more rapidly than it has in the past decade, he number of women with an unmet need for modern contraceptives will continue to rise, especially in the 69 poorest countries,” Jacqueline E. Darroch, one of the study’s authors, explained in a statement.

"Last year, the United Nations declared access to contraception to be a “universal human right.” But that right isn’t being realized for millions of women around the world — and the continued failure to ensure better access to modern birth control results in serious consequences for women in developing nations. Higher rates of unintended pregnancies lead to higher rates of preventable deaths from unsafe abortions, as well as higher rates of infant deaths around the world. Furthermore, giving women the family planning resources they need is an important step toward helping those women achieve economic success and independence."

BINDI Irwin has renewed her calls for a debate on population control, saying she is upset very young girls in Third World countries are having babies they can't afford to feed.

The daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin turns 15 this week and is keen to use her time in the spotlight to advocate for better access to family planning and birth control.

In an interview with News Corp, the passionate Wildlife Warrior says she wants to ignite debate on issues like not eating wildlife or over populating the planet.

''Girls as young as me or even younger are having kids and that doesn't seen right to me,'' she said.

Took me just a few minutes to find this information (that I knew existed). Some people seem to not bother with the accuracy or factualness of their claims, that seem to meander down from fresh air onto the page, where they serve only to misinform (and eventually discredit anything they post.) Even Bindi Irwin, 15, seems to be better informed.

On Carbajal in Climate Change Talks

Posted on July 20 at 10:37 a.m.

What a nonsensical post, rc88. And I know it is tongue-in-cheek. In any construction there are numbers of players - state-mandated construction, wealthy construction owners, dems that are not libs (e.g. Aceves), reps that help to vote for it, and a long time between approval and construction start. The mix does not give 100% blame to any interest.

And the water pumped is not just for fish - it adds to supplies downstream pursuant to some water rights.

" This Agreement is entered into this 17th day of December, 2002, by and between , CACHUMA CONSERVATION RELEASE BOARD (“CCRB”), a joint powers agency consisting of the City of Santa Barbara, Montecito Water District, Goleta Water District and Carpinteria Valley Water District (“CCRB Members”), SANTA YNEZ RIVER WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT, a California water conservation district (“Santa Ynez”), SANTA YNEZ RIVER WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT, IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1, an improvement district of Santa Ynez (“ID#1”), and the CITY OF LOMPOC, a general law city (“Lompoc”). "

The United States Bureau of Reclamation (“USBR”) has constructed and is operating the Cachuma Project as authorized by the Congress of the United States, including Lake Cachuma impounded behind Bradbury Dam, and operates the Cachuma Project pursuant to permits issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) and, pursuant to permits and orders of the State Board, is required to, among other things, collect certain data, maintain essential records related to project operations, and to make releases below Bradbury Dam for the protection of downstream water rights;

I'll give you $100 if you can divvy up the blame if you can come up with an accurate %dem %rep blame figure.

On Water Politics

Posted on July 17 at 9:47 a.m.

Quotes are diatribes? Facts are diatribes? Look up the definition of diatribe.

Btw, gas is subsidized in this country, otherwise it would be the same price as in Germany. Yeah, government handouts.

On The Grassroots Speak

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