While the GOP clown car heading Eastwood for Tampa crashed into the finish wall, President Obama was approving legislation that will provide jobs for thousands of skilled trades workers, reduce American carbon emissions and lower operating costs for energy intensive manufacturers.
Aug 31 (Reuters Point Carbon) - President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year...
The measure aims to accelerate investments to help manufacturers expand their use of combined heat and power (CHP) facilities, which generate thermal and generating power in a single process.
The White House said increased investments in the industrial sector, which accounts for over 30 percent of energy consumed in the U.S., would improve its competitiveness, lower energy costs and reduce heat trapping emissions.
This is a win-win-win. Businesses save operating costs by reducing energy loads, consumers benefit through lower market prices for the energy thanks to the conservation efforts, and we all help reduce carbon emissions ever so slightly. Everyone has something to like here. Unless of course you are in the business of selling energy that your company extracted from the ground. Or if you are a politician on the payroll of the people who drill for oil and gas who expect a return on their investment for their millions in "donations". [Its not technically a donation when you expect something in return, thus the "scare quotes" -ed]
If the Republicans won't stand up and admit this is good policy for American business, American consumers, and the environment, then they are just being stupid on purpose. They have misled, obfuscated, told half-truths and outright lies because they know the base lives on red meat only.
Next thing you know they'll totally lose their shit and start arguing with furniture.