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Technology Solutions: In Support of a Clean Energy Economy

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 @ 3:42 pm | Written by Gene Quinn | 2 comments
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Economic Development Administration (EDA), along with the Clean Energy Group (CEG) and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, hosted a clean energy policy conference Monday, September 19, 2011, at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

In the wake of the Solyndra scandal many will likely insert their own joke here and marginalize the importance of clean energy solutions. While it is no doubt important to investigate to see whether there was any impropriety involved in the $535 million loan guarantee given to Solyndra, we cannot afford one scandal, no matter how damaging it may be, to deter the U.S. from pursuing alternative energy solutions.  I fear the true legacy of the Solyndra scandal may be to frustrate well meaning and critically important attempts to pursue a clean, green energy economy.  CNET and Politico are respectively reporting that the Solyndra fallout is hurting other solar companies and the Obama green agenda.  We cannot afford to allow this debacle to negatively influence our rightful pursuit of better, cleaner, greener technologies.



Tax Policy Makes U.S. Uncompetitive, Not China’s Low Wages

Posted: Monday, Feb 7, 2011 @ 3:02 pm | Written by Henry R. Nothhaft | 12 comments
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Posted in: Business, Guest Contributors, IP News, IPWatchdog.com Articles, US Economy

President Obama delivers his weekly address on Feb. 5, 2011

In his February 5th radio address, President Obama noted that “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should … set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”

I agree. But government has an obligation, too. Is it doing all it can to truly make America the best place to do business?

Consider Evergreen Solar, which until last month was one of America’s largest solar panel makers. On January 14th, it shut down its Massachusetts factory and sent 800 jobs to China. This leaves only Silicon Valley’s Solyndra making solar panels in the U.S., and it just shut down one of its two production facilities.