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Sen. Harry Reid spoke at
a "solar energy" dinner held by AUSRA,
a solar energy company, as being cost competitive. He knocked
both coal (today, an American energy source) and oil. The pur-
veyors of solar energy proudly announce that solar energy is now
cost competitive. One of the nation's largest manufacturers of
solar panels in the United States until March, 2010 was BP Solar
(British Petroleum). In March, when Chinese-made BP Solar panels
arrived at ports-of-entry in California, BP closed their factory in
Frederick, Maryland and fired 302 US employees. Their 100-man
national sales team was moved from Frederick to a sales office
closer to Washington, DC. As far as US consumers are concerned,
they are still buying an American-made, American-branded pro-
duct. 302 fired BP Solar ex-employees know better. Buy American.
Say "no" to Chinese goods. Also, say "no" to Harry
As Harry Reid lauded the merits
of solar energy (probably for a substantial donation to his reelection
campaign this November), he took a few minutes to knock the coal industry
because there is virtually no coal in Nevada. Coal-fired generating plants
are a rarity in that State as well. Sierra Pacific Resources controls
6 coal generating plants and supplies much of the power to Las Vegas.
Edison International's coal-generating plant in Mohave was shut down.
Sithe Global Power and Dynegy have proposed five new coal generating plants
in the State. The applications of only two of them are currently active:
TS Power Plant in Dunphy, NV and the Toquop facility in Lincoln County.
The Gerlach Plant application was canceled, and the applications for the
Ely Energy Center and the White Pine Energy Station are on hold. Coal
is a safe target for Reid since he won't lose any votes in November by
knocking it. Because what he said was, "Coal makes us sick."
He went on to add that all fossil fuels make us sick because we dig carbon
out of the ground and pump it into the air, causing global warming. Oops...did
someone forget to tell Harry that the politically correct phrase is now
"climate change," since the world is not warming, its cooling.