JUNE 23, 2011
In its continuing effort to make the U.S. environmentally friendly, the Obama Administration is dedicating tens of millions of dollars to train the “next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts.”It marks the latest of many costly, taxpayer-funded projects required to transform the country into a leader in “green” technology. At least that’s what the commander-in-chief wants Americans to believe while he keeps throwing their money at a number of dubious projects.Just a few months ago the administration doled out around $35 billion to politically-connected businesses that promise to launch “clean energy” startups that help reduce pollution. A chunk of the cash went to one of Obama’s top fundraisers, who just happens to be an adviser to the cabinet official (Energy Secretary Steven Chu) who regulates his industry. Read all about that scandal here.The administration has also wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on so-called biomass energy plants that, in many cases, actually infest the air with a “toxic brew of pollutants”that includes nitrogen and sulfur dioxide as well as ammonia and carbon monoxide. That scandal was recently exposed by an investigative journalism group that published a scathing report on its web site.This month’s green project du jour will give universities $30 million to train the next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts. Taxpayers may reasonably wonder what exactly that entitles so the Department of Energy, which is handing out the cash, tries to explain though it fails miserably.An industrial energy efficiency expert conducts “energy assessments” in a broad range of manufacturing facilities and helps companies reduce waste, save money and become more economically competitive. Energy Secretary Chu assures that these skills are necessary to transition to a “clean energy economy,” which he says is a “growing global sector.”
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