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Biden remarks on ‘green’ policy left false impression

Where we stand

May 6, 2012
The Mining Journal

We have problems with some comments Vice President Joe Biden made relative to the nation's energy policy and who is supporting what.

During a recent interview, Biden claimed some in Congress of blocking progress in alternative energy such as wind and solar power. "They're emasculating all the efforts to deal with renewable energy," Biden claimed.

The vice president went on to note that "green" technology will be a key to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. More investment in alternatives is necessary, he maintained.

Federal spending on alternative energy sources, if it's done with thought and consideration, makes sense. And this nation, under President Barack Obama has done a great deal of it. Billions and billions of dollars have been poured into renewables and energy conservation campaigns. The "Recovery Act" alone allotted more than $16 billion for the purpose.

Then, of course, there was the $500 million invested into Solyndra, the California solar power company? As has been pointed out, that loss alone amounted to about twice what Obama wants to spend on all research involving fossil fuels.

It is indeed troubling that Biden would endeavor to leave such an outrageously-false impression.

We trust it wasn't believed.



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