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    WASHINGTON —
    The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday, September 18th.


    The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans.

    The Agriculture Department will also spend nearly $70 million to fund 540 solar and renewable energy projects, focused on rural and farming areas. And the Energy Department will propose stricter efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners, a move the department said could cut emissions more than any other efficiency standard it has issued to date.

    The proposals are modest compared with what President Barack Obama has asked Congress to do through legislation to promote clean energy, invest in infrastructure projects and force reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. But with lawmakers unwilling to consider any major climate legislation, Obama has sought to maximize what presidential authority he does hold.

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    Id like to get solar for my house but I don't know if I will live long enough to recoup the costs. I'm sure as soon as I do it the technology will get better with some super panels much like the early days of satellite TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    Id like to get solar for my house but I don't know if I will live long enough to recoup the costs. I'm sure as soon as I do it the technology will get better with some super panels much like the early days of satellite TV.
    Exactamundo, "green" is an industry/business and it works just like all other businesses.
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    Well, 50,000 people at $55K per year is an average spend of $2,750,000,000.00 annually, so I would love to see the actual expense of this as compared to other initiatives in play currently.

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    If it creates a lot of jobs and uses a more natural source of energy, I think it's a good thing.
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    As long as it doesn't go by the way of Solyndra.

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    not sure about you guys but we do a lousy fucking job getting our military prepared for post military life. So this to me seems like a pretty good idea, it's a way to get them trained in a job going forward (though I'm not sure you want to train everyone to do the exact same thing). I don't know enough about the solar panel market going forward to have an opinion of the specifics but I think it's a good thought.

 

 

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