obama is spending his Green Energy Tour, making fun of the Republicans, the speech he gave at Copper Mountain Solar 1, where Obama touted investments in “renewable” energy, but also where he didn’t bother to tell you the plant has only five full-time employees.
The plant, owned by San Diego-based energy company Sempra, was built in late 2010 at a cost of $141 million. Funding included $42 million in federal-government tax credits and $12 million in tax-rebate commitments from the state of Nevada.
obama claimed the plant would create many new jobs in 2010, he also claimed that green-energy investment will decrease America’s energy costs and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign oil.
In Boulder City, however, renewables have produced no lower energy costs. Instead, in late 2009, the city approved a 35 percent rate hike, while power generated by Copper Mountain is to go to Southern California — rather than serve Nevadans whose taxes helped finance the plant.
House Speaker John Boehner’s office mocked this tour as a “tour de farce” fueled by political expediency.
Karl Rove-connected Crossroads GPS group announced it was launching a $650,000 advertising blitz at three of the four states the president is due to visit—Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio (the fourth state, Oklahoma, is not expected to be up for grabs in November).
The ad charges that Obama’s policies are directly to blame for high gas prices—a claim the White House counters by pointing to factors like unrest across the Middle East, tensions with Iran and rocketing demand from booming economies in China, India and Brazil, while noting that U.S. oil production is at an eight-year high.
“The president believes we must continue to take a sustained, all-of-the-above approach to American energy—a strategy aimed at reducing our reliance on foreign oil, saving families and businesses money at the pump, and positioning the United States as the global leader in clean energy,” the White House said Wednesday in a “fact sheet” about his trip.
Boehner’s office, meanwhile, delivered a point-by-point argument that the president’s approach has left the national gas tank on “E.”"The trip offers a perfect opportunity to remind the American people how this administration’s policies are making our energy challenges worse,” charged Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck. “So here we go.”