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Labor Day Breakfast Dreams

It's necessary to make a point about 'green' energy. It's not about politics.

Sep 07, 2011


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Labor Day Breakfast Dreams

We're not really sure we know where to begin with the characters in the story below about the Labor Day Breakfast in Fresno.  You'd think the people who should be most concerned about getting jobs (those without jobs) would understand how jobs are created, but they don't seem to 'get it' once again.  I guess we shouldn't continue to be surprised. 

Some sample comments from the article: 

"Get the public works programs going" said Tony Flores, former president of the Plumbers and Pipe .  He believes high speed rail is the way to go.  "That would create a lot of jobs."

"Right now we have 27 applications that are in play in Fresno County to create solar farms" said Henry Perea, Fresno County Supervisor.

So, high speed rail and green jobs are going to save the economy?  Haven't we heard this before?  We've spent a lot of time and newsletters on the problems with high speed rail so we won't go into that again other than to say that if you want to build high speed rail, the way to do it is to grow the economy and the tax base so that you can afford to build it.  You can't do it the other way around.  If you want to check out some of our former newsletters you can go

When it comes to the green jobs it's difficult to believe there are still people who cling to this.  Spain went in the tank with 20% unemployment before the Obama Administration and the Brown Administration pledged that 'green' would take us to the promised land (read more on Spain).  Look around and see where 'green' has taken us.  They cite China as a leader in 'green' technology and they're right, because China makes solar panels and windmills and sells them to us.  They don't, however, depend on solar for themselves (
Are the Green Jobs All in China?)

It's necessary to make a point about 'green' energy.  It's not about politics.  It's about physics, math and money.  If you don't understand why this is so, read this.  Make sure you read the part about power density and energy density.  It is necessary that people take a realistic look at 'green' energy because it simply doesn't add up no matter how nice it sounds. 

Maybe the people at this breakfast have missed all the news about 'green' jobs being a bust:

Seattle's 'Green Jobs' Program A Bust

The 'Green Jobs' Bust

Green Jobs A Total Bust

Obama's Green Jobs Program Is a Bust

Push for 'Green Jobs' Has Been One Big Bust

Is the Green Jobs Boom a Bust?

We could go on, but you get the idea.  We've got an idea for political leaders:  Get out of the way and make it easy for people to start businesses, cut the red tape and regulations that make it difficult to succeed, and of course fight for water for the Central Valley so we don't have to turn farmland into solar land.


Labor Day tradition became food for thought

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) More than 500 families turned out to the Fresno Fairgrounds to celebrate Labor Day. But many found little to celebrate.

The 26th Annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast - hosted by the Central Labor Council - offered a chance for both workers and elected officials to talk about the economy.

Putting food on the table. It's also a daily struggle many families face in the central valley.

Right now the unemployment rate is hovering around 16% in Fresno County and surrounding areas. And while the focus of this event at the Fresno Fairgrounds was to honor working families - those in attendance couldn't help but talk about the need to create jobs.

"Get the public works projects going," said Tony Flores. "That's how we got out of the last depression. Roosevelt did it and that's the only way we're gonna get out of this one. Put money in the working man's pocket."

Former president of the Plumbers and Pipe Tony Flores believes high speed rail is the way to go. "That would create a lot of jobs."

But Fresno County Supervisor Henry Perea has another idea. "Right now we have 27 applications that are in play in Fresno County to create solar farms and the net value of all of those farms is over 6 billion dollars."

Perea believes the solar power industry is the wave of the future and is currently working on an initiative to bring jobs to the Valley.

Henry Perea said, "These really are high tech types of operations that require not only maintenance people to keep the panels clean, but electricians... in inputting to the grid."

In two weeks Perea plans to visit Paso Robles - to tour a facility built by Gestamp Solar out of Spain. He says if the company were to come here - it would create hundreds of jobs. And he says Fresno County already has the space to support a large scale facility.

Perea said, "We're looking forward to expanding the base and using non-productive farmland on the westside, particularly, and turning it into productive land for solar and for jobs."

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