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Energy Dept. Loans Pending Approval Could Help With Jobs

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Solo Power Inc. and 1366 Techology Inc. are preparing to receive financing  from the same Energy Department  loan guarantee program which funded the bankrupt Solyndra LLC and Abound Solar Inc. Both companies qualified for the guarantees last year and are now  meeting milestones required to access the credit and to receive approvals according to executives at both companies.

Funding these project  would help relieve,  even though a small part,  some of  the of the economic pressure because of the great need for jobs and economic growth while at the same time supporting a sustainable conscious and responsible project.

This will be the first funding as early as the end of this year for supporting solar manufacturers since  Solyndra LLC  filed for bankcruptcy last year.  Half of the solar manufacturers that received the loan guarantees filed bankruptcies which caused Republicans in Congress to use opportunity to hold inquiries into the programs turn it  into a negative against President Obama’s sustainable efforts plus  raised questions about the White House influence in funding.

President Obama  is not powerful enough to control the global  marketplace.  The  failures of the U.S. solar projects are in a large part    due to the global market place and the normal odds of success that comes with research and development and any start-up.  Standard for a new company is  a 10% chance the  project will make it to the end of the  second year.

In addition, Asian  countries and predominately China  have demonstrated their competitiveness in  manufacturing including  solar products at prices the other countries including the U.S. and  Germany have been unable to  compete with.

“Those failures won’t prevent the government from honoring other guarantees”, said Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the Energy Department.“As long as they meet the terms and conditions of their agreement, including milestones, they can expect to receive funding as agreed,” LaVera said in an e-mail.

Designed to support innovation at companies developing new energy technologies the Energy Department program does not expect every applicant to  succeed  LaVera said. House Republicans proposed a bill yesterday that would bar the agency from issuing additional loan guarantees.

About 35 percent of the loans, loan guarantees and conditional commitments is for solar power generating project and lessthan 4% for solar manufacturing.  The balance of the  $35 billion for clean energy products are for supporting wind, geothermal, biofuel electric vehicles and other ventures.

Healthcare Reform Got Help From a Justice and Tax Status

Chief Justice John Roberts – Courtesy of Wikipedia.com

There are two main reasons President Obama managed to get a health care reform law passed and upheld by the Supreme Court on a 5-4 ruling  when healthcare has not made much progress since the 1960’s.

The first is that the program did not look like a “tax” and the second is through the help of Republican appointed Chief Justice John Roberts who restrained from making an activist gesture even though the gesture would have made history and was expected by the republicans and opponents of the bill.

Whether by accident, intention, natural design or political maneuvering the writers/designers and supporters of President’s the healthcare reform did not want to acknowledge or call the program what it truly was or use the word “tax”.

Healthcare tax or anything resembling a healthcare tax would not have any chance in congress or with public opinion and would have met an early death. No one wants to support or pay any new taxes.

Once the Supreme Court acknowledged that the mandate was truly a tax, they were able to up hold the individual mandate making people buy insurance/ or pay tax because it was not unconstitutional.

The Healthcare Reform Act had help from Chief Justice John Roberts who restrained from an active political conservative statement which could have struck down the law and made history at the same time.

Justice Roberts had clerked for the powerful conservative Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Justice Roberts have often in the past teamed up with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas to create a strong conservative bloc on rulings.

Healthcare Reform though necessary to ensure fair coverage for all Americans is also needed to overhaul the healthcare system, substantially reduce unnecessary spending, prioritize coverages fairly, and put the burden back into the natural order of the free market with less expenses and management by the government.

Baby steps were made with today’s ruling.

Now the question is if this Healthcare Reform will be able to cause appropriate reforms or even get through a series of anticipated appeals and survive the political processes.