Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann and GOP Miss the Boat on Green Economy

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in election 2012, opinion, politics | 0 comments

Did you know the shining glass encased skyscraper rising from the ashes of ground zero is filled with American made green technology? Well, it is. According to the Port Authority website, 1 World Trade Center will be rather impressive in that regard: 

– Most environmentally sustainable project of its size in the world.
– LEED Gold Certification.
– Energy performance exceeds code requirements by 20%.
– Fuel cell generates 4.8 million watts per hour.
– Cooling systems use reclaimed rainwater.
– Waste steam helps generate electricity.

Much of the green technology in the “Freedom Tower” will be Made in the USA. For example, the green temperature controlling “curtain wall” windows are being built by Portland, Oregon based Benson Industries, while the glass is being made by Viracon in Owatonna, Minnesota. And, the “Eco-firiendly” toilets are made by Clivus Multrum located in Lawrence, Massachusetts. So, it’s quite clear that green technology is a great economic boon for a number of American companies during hard times for the construction industry.

But, from the attitude displayed by Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann during the GOP debate Wednesday night, you’d think that green technology and its economic stimulus were bogus. A none starter. A loser.

Said Bachmann:

The president told us he wanted to be like Spain when it came to green job creation, and yet Spain has one of the highest levels of unemployment. The president is bringing that here in the United States.

Moving beyond the fact that her “argument” is a weak logical fallacy, Bachmann appears to not be aware that green tech is creating real jobs for real Americans all over the country. And, 1 World Trade Center is only one construction site, albeit a significant one in size and importance.

And Governor Rick Perry seems equally dedicated to throwing the baby out with the bathwater, while at the same time being apparently unable to separate green tech as good business from their misplaced perception that its a threat to traditional forms of  fossil fuel based energy creation and consumption models:

The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at — at — at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet, to me, is just — is nonsense. I mean, it — I mean — and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell.

But the fact is, to put America’s economic future in jeopardy, asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy.

Hyperbolic rhetoric based on denial and an apparent lack of understanding of the real merits of green technology both as a job creator and economic boon for possibly millions during hard times when people need jobs should pretty much disqualify Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry from any serious consideration as the GOP presidential candidate.

And, if that’s not enough for you, Perry’s Galileo gaffe should be.

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