The Democratic candidates prove again in Ohio last night that they don't understand the picture. Hillary is all for ill thought out solutions including solar panels on roofs, wind turbines, geothermal (in Ohio), and biofuels. Hillary's solutions are a bunch of crap! CRAP! Hillary wants to follow the model of Germany. How idiotic! Does Hillary have the slightest idea what is going on Germany? So Hillary wants to spend billions of dollars, and create millions of jobs for efforts that will not curb CO2 emissions, and will not solve what will become in the next few years increasingly urgent national energy problems.
Obama was only marginally better. Although he talked about education, science and technology, the money words were windmills, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency. Young people are going to find jobs, but will they be able to heat their homes in the winter?
"I helped to pass legislation to begin a training program for green collar jobs. I want to see people throughout Ohio being trained to do the work that will put solar panels on roofs, install wind turbines, do geothermal, take advantage of biofuels, and I know that if we had put $5 billion into the stimulus package to really invest in the training and the tax incentives that would have created those jobs as the Democrats wanted, as I originally proposed, we would be on the way to creating those.
You know, take a country like Germany. They made a big bet on solar power. They have a smaller economy and population than ours. They've created several hundred thousand new jobs, and these are jobs that can't be outsourced. These are jobs that have to be done in Youngstown, in Dayton, in Cincinnati. These are jobs that we can create here with the right combination of tax incentives, training, and a commitment to following through. So I do think that at least 5 million jobs are fully capable of being produced within the next 10 years."
-- Hillary Clinton
"We're going to have to invest in infrastructure to make sure that we're competitive. And I've got a plan to do that. We're going to have to invest in science and technology. We've got to vastly improve our education system. We have to look at energy and the potential for creating green jobs that can not just save on our energy costs but, more importantly, can create jobs in building windmills that will produce manufacturing jobs here in Ohio, can put rural communities back on their feet by working on alternative fuels, making buildings more energy efficient. We can hire young people who are out of work and put them to work in the trade."
-- Barack Obama
We are still in the stage where politicians offer words, not solutions. Words are safe in uncertain times. Words don't loose candidates votes as long as they stay away from the wrong words. Neither candidate mentioned the word nuclear. Surely nuclear is part of any solution to the problem of climate change and keeping energy coming to producers and consumers. I guess that the word was regarded as to dangerous to mention by the candidates spin advisors.