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October 17, 2011
Rather than the Washington political circus that undoubtedly will mark Congress' upcoming hearings into the collapse of Solyndra, the government-subsidized solar panel maker, the company's problems should be viewed as an unfortunate bump in the road toward realizing the global economic engine the solar energy industry can become. The numbers speak for themselves. The solar energy industry provides over 100,000 jobs in the United States, working at more than 5,000 companies in all 50 states.
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Thomas F. Schaller | August 6, 2013
I generally avoid trite devices like multiple-choice questions to frame a column. But I can't help myself this time, so please bear with me. Congressional Republicans rejected President Barack Obama's proposal last week to exchange a cut in corporate tax rates for an infrastructure-based jobs stimulus plan for which of the following reasons: (a) They know U.S. corporate tax rates aren't nearly as punitive for corporate America as they claim them to be; (b) They realize the 2009 stimulus worked and don't want to risk doing anything that might further improve the economy between now and the 2014 midterm elections; (c)
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NEWS
May 12, 2013
Peter Jensen 's editorial on conservatives' attitude toward environmental protection is misleading ("Don't save the planet," May 4). The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stressed the importance of the marketing message. Conservatives react more favorably to marketing messages that stress energy-efficiency or energy-independence than they do to saving the environment. The study does not suggest that conservatives as a group do not support energy-efficient products.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
Peter Jensen 's editorial on conservatives' attitude toward environmental protection is misleading ("Don't save the planet," May 4). The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stressed the importance of the marketing message. Conservatives react more favorably to marketing messages that stress energy-efficiency or energy-independence than they do to saving the environment. The study does not suggest that conservatives as a group do not support energy-efficient products.
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By Richard Deutschmann | October 20, 2011
We have all been reading a lot about the Solyndra story of late, with numerous articles in the national news detailing the U.S. Department of Energy's support for this now-defunct solar energy manufacturer. The situation deserves the proper scrutiny of legislative investigation to ensure that taxpayer resources are being utilized properly. But rather than the political circus in Washington that will undoubtedly envelop these hearings, Solyndra should be seen as an unfortunate bump on the road to the global economic engine that is the modern solar energy industry.
NEWS
November 22, 2011
I looked at the Analysis Group site and model quoted in The Sun's editorial regarding the benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ("Cap and growth," Nov. 16). I would love to see what companies hired the 16,000 estimated jobs produced. The model must be the same one used to justify the government's investment in Solyndra, and also the model you used to say the U.S. should emulate the European financial solution. I would also like to know who paid for the analysis. It obviously was short on facts and the answer was known before inputs were made.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
Why don't you tell your readers the truth for a change? According to The Sun, evil GOP candidates are using super PACs to "raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash on their behalf" ("In the presidential campaign, money talks," Feb. 23). Why don't you inform your readers as to how our Dear Leader raised hundreds of millions for his re-election campaign? Did this money come from the poverty-stricken and the middle class - or from "a handful of wealthy donors"? I didn't notice any coverage by The Sun about George Kaiser for example.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
Maryland students have some questions for President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin regarding sequester cuts. Why is it bad government policy to reduce the national debt by $1.2 trillion that students will have to repay in their adult years? Why cut meat inspectors instead of cutting government fat? Why furlough airport inspectors instead of reducing the free cell phone to teenagers program? Why eliminate programs at the U.S. Naval Academy instead of eliminating jets and tanks given for free to Egypt?
NEWS
October 3, 2011
Let me see if I have this right. We are going to pay $60 million for a solar project at Mount Saint Mary's University for which the kilowatt hour rate is "well-above current cost" ("Largest solar power project under way," Sept. 30). The solar panels may well be made in Malaysia or Germany, and a grand total of two permanent workers will be added to the payroll? I'm no rocket scientist, but I can divide $60 million by 2 employees and figure out the latest boondoggle promoted by Gov. Martin O'Malley is costing $30 million per employee.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
The reviews are in and there's a big thumbs down on $16 muffins. Shockingly wasteful, extravagant, indulgent, obscene, outrageous - and those are the nicest comments to be found in the blogosphere. A meal hasn't gotten these kind of notices since Roman Emperor Claudius panned his wife's poisoned mushrooms. News of the pricey breakfast treat has been burning up the Internet since Justice Department auditors revealed the excessive spending in a report released Tuesday. The pastries were served at a conference the agency hosted at the Capital Hilton in Washington.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
Maryland students have some questions for President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin regarding sequester cuts. Why is it bad government policy to reduce the national debt by $1.2 trillion that students will have to repay in their adult years? Why cut meat inspectors instead of cutting government fat? Why furlough airport inspectors instead of reducing the free cell phone to teenagers program? Why eliminate programs at the U.S. Naval Academy instead of eliminating jets and tanks given for free to Egypt?
NEWS
May 22, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker was wrong and President Barack Obama is right: Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital deserves closer scrutiny by voters. Whether a brief television ad accomplishes this is another matter. Presidential campaigns are seldom pretty. And this year's race is certain to be worse than most. The rise of super PAC spending and the prospect of tens of millions of dollars spent pounding on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's more inflammatory sermons or the creation of more websites devoted to the plight of the Romney family dog are especially depressing thoughts.
NEWS
February 29, 2012
Why don't you tell your readers the truth for a change? According to The Sun, evil GOP candidates are using super PACs to "raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash on their behalf" ("In the presidential campaign, money talks," Feb. 23). Why don't you inform your readers as to how our Dear Leader raised hundreds of millions for his re-election campaign? Did this money come from the poverty-stricken and the middle class - or from "a handful of wealthy donors"? I didn't notice any coverage by The Sun about George Kaiser for example.
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Tim Wheeler | January 25, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union speech to Congress last night focused largely on jobs, taxes and income inequality, but it had plenty of red meat in it for those concerned about energy and the environment. He vowed to continue to push for "clean energy" while touting the economic potential of shale gas and defending environmental regulations.  He defended government incentives for developing solar, wind and high-tech battery industries, but called for an end to longstanding subsidies for the oil and gas industry.  "It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely has been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that never has been more promising," he said.  But he renewed his call for an "all-out, all-of-the-above strategy" to develop every available source of American energy, and said he was directing his administration to open up more than 75 percent of potential offshore oil and gas resources for drilling.
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By Peter Morici | January 11, 2012
President Barack Obama is initiating an "Insourcing American Jobs" dialogue with top business leaders. The latter are always looking for tax breaks and special benefits, and this could quickly degenerate into pleas for special treatment - whereas creating the best overall environment for all private investment would best foster growth and jobs. Huge losses in Washington's equity stake in GM illustrate that government-financed jobs are too expensive. Fiascos like Solyndra and other ill-fated energy projects prove yet again that businesses, not bureaucrats, have the fine-grain information and financial acumen to make the right bets: investments that create new products, advance established industries and multiply jobs, not merely pay politicians' debts to campaign supporters.
NEWS
November 22, 2011
I looked at the Analysis Group site and model quoted in The Sun's editorial regarding the benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ("Cap and growth," Nov. 16). I would love to see what companies hired the 16,000 estimated jobs produced. The model must be the same one used to justify the government's investment in Solyndra, and also the model you used to say the U.S. should emulate the European financial solution. I would also like to know who paid for the analysis. It obviously was short on facts and the answer was known before inputs were made.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
The reviews are in and there's a big thumbs down on $16 muffins. Shockingly wasteful, extravagant, indulgent, obscene, outrageous — and those are the nicest comments to be found in the blogosphere. A meal hasn't gotten these kind of notices since Roman Emperor Claudius panned his wife's poisoned mushrooms. News of the pricey breakfast treat has been burning up the Internet since Justice Department auditors revealed the excessive spending in a report released Tuesday. The pastries were served at a conference the agency hosted at the Capital Hilton in Washington.
FEATURES
Tim Wheeler | January 25, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union speech to Congress last night focused largely on jobs, taxes and income inequality, but it had plenty of red meat in it for those concerned about energy and the environment. He vowed to continue to push for "clean energy" while touting the economic potential of shale gas and defending environmental regulations.  He defended government incentives for developing solar, wind and high-tech battery industries, but called for an end to longstanding subsidies for the oil and gas industry.  "It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely has been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that never has been more promising," he said.  But he renewed his call for an "all-out, all-of-the-above strategy" to develop every available source of American energy, and said he was directing his administration to open up more than 75 percent of potential offshore oil and gas resources for drilling.
NEWS
By Michael K. Wyatt and James C. Howard | November 7, 2011
In his Sept. 8 speech on jobs, President Barack Obama repeated the conventional wisdom that small businesses create most new jobs. Like a lot of conventional wisdom, this does not fully capture the real dynamics of the situation. A 2010 article published by three University of Maryland economists led by John Haltiwanger revealed that when they controlled data for the age of a company, there was no indication that small companies outperformed large companies in creating new jobs. The key factor was age: new start-up companies were the vehicle for generating new jobs.
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By Richard Deutschmann | October 20, 2011
We have all been reading a lot about the Solyndra story of late, with numerous articles in the national news detailing the U.S. Department of Energy's support for this now-defunct solar energy manufacturer. The situation deserves the proper scrutiny of legislative investigation to ensure that taxpayer resources are being utilized properly. But rather than the political circus in Washington that will undoubtedly envelop these hearings, Solyndra should be seen as an unfortunate bump on the road to the global economic engine that is the modern solar energy industry.
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