The approval rating of the US Congress and the Senate is very poor right now – and for good reason. These elected officials are consistently taking out of both side of their mouth. Example, while the US military is pushing hard for green technology Republicans in the House of Representatives are trying to push through the so called “No More Solyndras Act”.
The “No More Solyndras Act” would stop all loan guarantees under the U.S. Department of Energy program for renewable energy projects. Republican’s see the green loan program, promoted by the Obama administration, as a waste of tax payer money – big government spending on project that the GOP deems as failures. There is evidence to back up this GOP claim, solar panel company Solyndra declared bankruptcy last year despite getting a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department. Conversely Democrats accuse the Republicans of simply playing favorites to big oil and big coal corporations.
One point of interest is the military’s recent push to expand on green technology. Here is an example of what the US military is looking to do.
Very interesting and forward thinking stuff that above all else can save the lives!
In practice this would be part of the enormous military spending budget that Republican refuse to cut. However it is import to point that the military does not build all of its own equipment and devices. Most military equipment comes from defense contacts and military contracts that are built by private organizations. So, if the military is pushing for green technology that than would be, potentially, built by a private industry and private industry that could take advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy loan program for renewable energy projects.
At this point it is unclear if the “No More Solyndras Act” will pass. However, with the Senate controlled by the Democrats it most likely will not. But the bigger picture here is the GOP claims to be pro military and pro business. Yet, with the “No More Solyndras Act” we see the GOP actively trying to stop the furtherance of technology desired by the military and stopping the availability of Federal loans for business who would build that technology.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison