For a president who believes "that we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that we sell all around the world," Barack Obama has a funny way of showing it. The administration's poor investment in Solyndra may not only give the president something other than "Obamacare" to defend on stage when debating the next Republican candidate, but it may also damage our chances for a greener future and of lowering unemployment rates.
Green energy is one issue that many conservaties feel more progressive about. Though it may not seem like it, some do believe the overwhelming evidence. According to one poll, 50 percent of Republicans think global warming should be a top priority for our elected officials. Sure, it's still sad that half of those who were polled don't take climate change as seriously as they should, but it's better than this blogger expected.
Obama had a unique opportunity with so many Americans behind him after his election and so many in the middle (and maybe to the right) who hoped to see progress on the green front. What does he do? He squanders his chance to make a sound investment that not only would have led us in the right direction to curb our oil addiction but that also might have created jobs for the citizens who have been most affected by this economic crisis. And for what? A chance for a photo with some solar panels.
Once again, our president puts on a show instead of putting forth the effort to enact real change. It kind of reminds me of how he promised to put solar panels back on the white house, apparently he was just kidding.
While this unfortunate incident with Solyndra is a blow not only for the green industry but also for Obama's popularity, the president still has a chance to pull off a strong performance. For instance, he could avoid approving the tar sands pipeline. Maybe he could pardon Tim DeChristopher. I bet he could even get those solar panels on the white house before the 2012 election.
That is, if he's not entertaining a different crowd. One filled with oil lovers like Hillary Clinton's former campaign aide who also happens to be one of Transcanada's lead lobbyists. Approving this pipeline will devastate indigenous species and wildlife habitats, and it will impact farmers who depend on the land for their income. To convince a wide range of energy-conscious Americans that he isn't just joking about the words in his recent job speech, he can't approve this pipeline. If Obama's dedication to creating jobs and ending our dependence on oil is more than just another act, he needs to make sounder investments with our tax dollars rather than rushing to smile for the cameras, and he needs to remember his unemployed, low-income constituents who are running out of options.
The ramifications of this failed venture with Solyndra are yet to be seen, but hopefully Obama has only crippled his future.