I've been surfing through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was recently passed by the House and Senate.
The US is one of the world's largest manufacturers, so one would think that
a stimulus package that has a ten year cost of more than $3-1/4 trillion
dollars would help create manufacturing jobs.
Apparently not. Searching through the massive document shows that the word
factory appears zero times, while the word "farm" appears 44 times. The
word "green" 46 times.
A search on "manufacturing" turns up 33 places where it is mentioned.
Digging into to those areas shows that there is some money available if you
manufacture "advanced batteries." An industrial development bond has been
extended to facilities manufacturing "intangible property." So if you are
running an "idea factory" that otherwise doesn't produce anything real,
then you too are in good shape.
THere is also money of you manufacture a "plug-in" vehicle. In fact they
really love that term. It appears 41 times in the bill.
Some other word counts:
Tax(es) appears 684 times.
Greenhouse - appears four times. Which is more than "factory."
Worker - Jobs require workers, right? There must be loads of talk about
workers in here. Nope, just 10 mentions of the word.
The world's largest economy is also the world's largest consumer of oil.
Surely there's a plan to deal with the county's need for oil. Nope. "Oil"
is mentioned just 23 times. 22 of which have to do with enegy efficiency
ratings for furnaces, boilers, etc. The other mention appears to be an
ammendment to a law which bans coal mining in certain cases. It now
includes drilling for oil and gas. Sheesh.
Searching on "steel" reveals that any new infrastructure built with these
funds must use US sourced steel, nuts, and bolts. So much for the promise
of better relations with the rest of the world, eh?
The word "health" and "healthcare" appear 1526 times.
On the energy front: "electric(ity") 82 times. Virtually all of which have
to do with subsidies and tax breaks for electric vehicles.
"Nuclear" - once and only in relation to weapons.
Atomic - twice and only in regards to remediation and environmental clean
up, not power generation.
"Coal" appears once in relation to energy. More money for "clean coal"
"Wind" - eight times.
"Biomass" - four times.
"Natural Gas" - 11 times, mainly in regards to appliance efficiency.
"Hydrogen" 2 mentions in relation to tax breaks for filling station for non
existant hydrogen powered vehicles.
I guess they don't realize that when you start plugging shit in like "plug-
in" vehicles and "advanced batteries", the electricity needs to come from
- posted 13 years ago