With Obama, solar power, future is bright


To the editor:

I wanted to take a moment amid all the doom and gloom about the economy to remind folks that there is some good news coming for Nevada.

Earlier this year, the Review-Journal reported on the Nevada "land rush" going on in the solar industry with the BLM. Ausra Inc., the company I co-founded, put its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Las Vegas because of the large number of big solar power projects planned for Southern Nevada. Developers have requested land for future solar power projects that will create thousands of construction and permanent operating jobs.

The good news: One major obstacle has been eliminated, and the projects have moved a step closer to reality. Three weeks ago, as part of the bank "bailout," Congress passed an eight-year extension of the tax incentives for solar power projects. Two weeks ago, at the Solar Power Conference in San Diego, the solar industry celebrated Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., as Solar Champions of the Year for bringing this visionary legislation to reality. The tax policies will bring many billions of dollars in private investment to Nevada as the plants are built.

Making the eight-year solar incentive the law of the land was a long, hard-fought battle. Sen. Reid introduced the solar tax legislation in the Senate 10 times. I was personally stunned that Sen. John McCain voted "no" nine times, and only supported it when Sen. Reid included it in the must-pass "bailout."

The two presidential candidates we have to choose between Tuesday have tremendously different policies about energy, and no place in the country will be more affected by the difference than Nevada. Sen. Barack Obama has spoken out and voted for policies that will create thousands of solar jobs and build a new export industry for Nevada: selling sunshine by wire. The other candidate has said he primarily supports nuclear power, which will take too long, won't create any business here and will just send trainloads of nuclear waste to Nevada. (That's so 20th-century, isn't it? And it certainly won't help the tourism business.)

Personally, I'm putting my bet on the guy who wants to create jobs here mining desert sunshine.

John O'Donnell

PALO ALTO, CALIF.

THE WRITER IS CO-FOUNDER AND FORMER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SOLAR-THERMAL POWER DEVELOPER AUSRA INC.

11th-hour smears

To the editor:

Phyllis Schlafly's column headlined "Pulling out all the stops" would have been better entitled "Pulling out all the crap" (Friday Review-Journal).

The column smacks of a desperate, last-minute attempt to denigrate Sen. Barack Obama by addressing so-called "issues" that have already been dragged out, addressed and finally deemed nonissues.

Both major-party presidential candidates are honorable, but human, men. Intelligent voters will vote on the important issues and ignore the half-truths, innuendos and guilt-by-association smears.

Norman Nero

LAS VEGAS

Three reasons

To the editor:

Three reasons to vote for Sen. John McCain for president on Tuesday:

First, Sen. Barack Obama will not drill for oil. We need a spark in the economy. Oil is the spark. A lot of good-paying jobs, truck and equipment sales and payroll taxes for Big Brother. Sen. Obama thinks drilling is raping the environment.

Second, Sen. Obama thinks businesses making $250,000 a year are run by evil rich people. The last year of my business, the year 2000, I made $550,000. For some reason, Harvard didn't teach Sen. Obama about expenses. My net income was just under $50,000. Was I an evil rich person? His tax plan will stick it to small businesses.

Third, Sen. Obama said he is in favor of granting driver's licences to illegal immigrants.

Am I a radical, or is Sen. Obama?

Richard Santa Maria

LAS VEGAS

Politics of destruction

To the editor:

There are daily media stories regarding the stealing or destruction of McCain/Palin signs displayed on private property. What does this say about Obama/Biden supporters? How does this bode for an Obama presidency? Free speech? Property rights? The Constitution?

Doris Lippincott

NORTH LAS VEGAS

More mistakes

To the editor:

Please tell me that the money we are handing over to help these banks is not going to be used to buy other banks or to pay executives prohibitive commissions and bonuses. Are the people running these banks or insurance companies, like those at AIG, arrogant or just stupid?

As a taxpayer, I am not happy about bailing out companies that mismanaged themselves in the first place. It feels like they are giving me and my fellow Americans the middle finger.

Do not let them get away with this crime again. It sickens me that in history we have a chance to learn from mistakes, and in many cases choose not to learn the lesson. As the old saying goes, "If you make a mistake once, then shame on you. If the same mistake is made again, then shame on me."

If everyone in the government from the top on down does not learn these lessons, then what does it say about them?

James A. Imes

HENDERSON

 

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