A fairly insightful piece on the how oil price rises drive more fossil fuel production,
currently fueled by debt because wages of most workers have been falling, still misses two big points: solar prices continually plumetting now undercut all fossil fuel prices, and dirtier fossil fuel extraction and its massive colonial invasion of pipelines are meeting resistance everywhere, including at the regulatory-captured puppet agencies like FERC.
DE: Oh, thank you very much. And as a guy who has some professional
interest in this stuff, I totally applaud the research that y’all
are doing on energy technologies and renewable
energies and efficiency technologies because it does take a while to
A Georgia-based maker of high-efficiency, low-cost solar panels plans to
open a manufacturing facility in Saginaw County after state officials
approved a new photovoltaic tax credit. The project, which is still
subject to a federal loan, is expected to create 500 jobs.
The Michigan Economic Growth Authority in a special session Tuesday
approved the credits for Norcross, Ga.-based Suniva Inc. The company
will get a $15 million refundable credit against its Michigan Business
Tax liability over five years in exchange for its planned $250 million
Suniva manufactures photovoltaic solar panels.
It was getting so many orders it needed a new plant in addition
to the one it has in Norcross, Georgia.
Those 500 jobs and $250 million in investment could have
come to Georgia.
Maybe they could have come to Lowndes County.
I haven’t been able to find any local government or appointed
official who tried to get it to come here.
The UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development has
quantified the economic effects of eating local food in Georgia,
in this report:
The Local Food Impact: What if Georgians Ate Georgia Produce?
Prepared by: Sharon P. Kane, Kent Wolfe, Marcia Jones, and John McKissick Center Report: CR-10-03 May 2010
If Georgians produced all of the fruits and vegetables that they consumed,
it could provide a way to close this utilization gap (the difference
between state-wide production and consumption) of over $780 million
per year. Even if this level can’t be achieved, simply closing the gap
in one commoditylettuce, for examplecould mean an additional $83.6
million of direct revenue to local producers.