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When the universe won’t bend…

February 6, 2011

What does one do?

Two interesting things – first, the green jobs? They came, they went & they packed off to the PRC. You can make solar panels anywhere

After receiving at least $43 million in aid from the state of Massachusetts, Evergreen Solar announced last month that it would be closing its manufacturing plant in Devens, Mass., laying off its 800 workers and moving its manufacturing operations to China.

Noted Harvard economist: “We shouldn’t pretend that cheaper solar energy will end up employing millions of our less-skilled citizens

Sadly, the jobs that can’t be sent to China aren’t being patted on the head as the economic saviors they might be…

North Dakota, with an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent. “The reason is they’ve had a huge oil and gas boom,” Hayward explained. They’ve tripled their oil output.

…As Hayward noted, “Brown energy creates [local] jobs and [hard to ship overseas] prosperity.”

It’s so curious – the situation is dire – and yet the President can’t seem to bend his worldview.

The labor force participation rate continued its downward trend, from 64.3 percent in December to 64.2 percent in January, and is now at the lowest level since March 1984. The Labor Department’s broadest measure of unemployment, which includes discouraged workers and those working part-time when they want full-time jobs, stands at 16.1 percent

There was an article about how when all decisions appear equally bad, Obama refuses to make a decision until there is some data making one choice clearly and rationally better than another. Or the situation ‘resolves’ itself. This is more “deer in the headlights” – when the cyclone is bearing down on you, screaming back at it likely won’t divert it.

What do you do when the world isn’t predictable, rational and won’t bend to your will, your policies, your best laid plans? Common sense says that you create a “plan B” and with the new data, create a new plan.

Strategic planning keys to the kingdom: Common sense isn’t common 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2011 9:39 am

    As I’m fond of saying, Lynn, the lake behind a hydroelectric dam is the biggest darn capacitor I’ve ever seen. Look at all that potential energy… So now people want to knock down the dams to make fish happier.

    I spent the last two days in a decision quality class, where we learned that the only irrecovable decision is the one where you actually act. I guess the current administration doesn’t like decision trees, and just waiting seems to simplify the probability charts. It’s a new MBA theory, I’m sure.

  2. February 7, 2011 9:47 pm

    Green energy might be alright for folks who can afford the tens of thousands of dollars it takes to get set up, but most folks can’t afford it. So the tried and true is what we use. Don’t get me wrong, I have an inexpensive 45 watt set of solar panels, but they aren’t enough to run my house. The technology costs too much and will never replace oil and gas or nuclear for energy, unless gas goes up to say 10 bucks a gallon.


    • Lynn Comp permalink*
      February 7, 2011 10:11 pm

      I’m all for being off the grid as an individual & having as small a footrpint as possible just out of principle & wanting to ‘leave footprints behind’
      As a source of jobs for low skilled workers – an energy supply that you can’t store in order to resell – it simply doesn’t work. Producing a surplus of something means you need to be able to acquire or produce and then store more of it than you need yourself. It’s the basic principle of cereal crops & civilization. solar/wind is great for an individual who can afford it – but it can’t replace the jobs that natural gas, oil, shale, oil fields would produce. You can’t barrel & sell the sun or the wind & any electricity that you’d create from them must either be transmitted (losses in the lines) or stored (ever seen the size of an inductor or capacitor that size?)

  3. Ellend permalink
    February 7, 2011 6:57 pm

    Hasn’t Obama ever heard “Not to decide is to decide”. Unfortunately, inaction on this case leaves us heading down the poorly conceived “green energy” path.

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