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Energy Dept. waives “Buy American” clause on green energy stimulus projects

When it comes to green energy and production in the United States, Democrats are absolutely clueless:

A group of Democratic senators called Wednesday for the government to halt a federal stimulus program aimed at building wind farms and other clean-energy projects, arguing that too much of the money spent so far has gone to create jobs overseas.

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Joined by Sens. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Jon Tester (Mont.), Schumer said at a news conference that the Obama administration has ignored concerns about foreign involvement in the clean-energy program and should halt funding until Congress can pass legislation to deal with the problem.

Schumer and the other lawmakers focused particular criticism at Cielo Wind Power of Austin, which has said it may apply for up to $450 million in stimulus funding for a massive wind farm that would be powered by turbines built in China.

“It is a no-brainer that stimulus funds should only go to projects that create jobs in the United States rather than overseas,” Schumer said. “These wind projects have a lot of merit, but the manufacturing should be happening here, not in China.”

[…] Obama administration officials and wind-energy industry representatives said that the complaints are misguided and based on faulty information, and they sharply disputed an American University study cited by the senators, which estimated that up to 80 percent of stimulus money spent on wind turbines so far had gone to foreign companies.

The administration says the complaints are misguided?  Really?  Maybe not:

The Department of Energy has waived a “buy American” requirement for government projects receiving money from last year’s stimulus bill so that recipients can purchase energy-efficient lighting products for public buildings and roadways.

The department issued the waiver after determining that products like compact fluorescent light bulbs and traffic signals made with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are manufactured almost exclusively in China and Mexico.

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About $6.3 billion from the stimulus bill, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is being distributed by the department’s office of energy efficiency for state and local energy programs.

But the lack of domestic-made lighting products “is currently impeding the progress of numerous Recovery Act projects” receiving funds from the agency, Ms. Zoi noted.

I would venture to say that the Obama administration is, in fact, that ignorant about the green economy, that they don’t even realize that a domestic-based product line doesn’t even exist.  These are the people who want to take over healthcare. 

Democrats are clueless because the “Buy American” cry rings very delusional when confronted with the economic reality.  The reality being that the United States operates at a severe competitive disadvantage when it comes to production of clean energy infrastructure.  And I’m sure labor costs are a big part of the problem. 

But Democrats will continue to blow the “Buy Products Made Exclusively By Unions American” whistle, to the detriment of our economy and most Americans that don’t contribute to Democratic political campaigns.

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