That sound you hear is Koch-whore heads exploding: Green jobs now employ more people than oil and gas jobs. "Throughout his term, President Obama has repeatedly heralded clean energy and the industries that surround it as being a vital element of America's economic future. Many Republicans, meanwhile, have questioned environmental regulations that would promote the "clean economy" as job killers that unduly penalize mature industries more central to the US economy. ... The clean economy is growing, too. It grew 3.4 percent between 2003 and 2010. That's behind the 4.2 percent growth of the entire US economy, largely because of heavy job losses in the building and housing industries, the study authors said. Even so, newer clean energy and connected segments - which are just one part of the larger clean economy - grew 8.3 percent in that period. ... The growth of clean-economy jobs has often been ignored because there haven't been detailed statistics - until now. The Brookings study, called "Sizing the Clean Economy," cited jobs scattered across more than 41,000 companies nationwide, not just in clean energy industries like solar and wind power, but emerging fields like greenhouse-gas reduction, environmental management, recycling, and air and water purification technologies. ... Smart-grid efforts directly employ nearly 16,000 people, and battery technology about the same, the study found. Conservation accounts for a big chunk, with 314,000 jobs, as does public mass transit - 350,000 jobs. Add to that wind power and solar power, with about 24,000 direct jobs each, and sustainable forestry products with 61,000. ... Lighting standards adopted by Congress in 2007 have also created at least 12,500 jobs by fueling the growth of new, greener technologies, according to separate data from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The US House recently tried to overturn those regulations in an effort to keep traditional incandescent light bulbs from being phased out by the end of the year. Edison bulbs are cheap but waste 95 percent of the energy they consume as heat."
UPDATE: Oy vey. The Griftersaurus speaks:
"I want the mainstream media -- and I've said this for a couple years now -- I want to help them.
I have a journalism degree. That is what I studied. I understand that this cornerstone of our democracy is a free press, is sound journalism. I want to help them build back their reputation."
This from the idiot who wears fake glasses because she thinks it'll make her look smarter.
That's some wrathful God they've got there.
WASHINGTON - Five people, including three children, have been injured after being struck by a large tree branch in the District of Columbia.
Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says a branch the size of a large tree fell Tuesday afternoon on a group of people attending a Bible camp at Garfield Park in Southeast. He says the branch appeared to come from a large oak tree.
And this is explained away how exactly?
President Obama is throwing his support behind the Respect For Marriage Act – the bill to repeal the 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act, which banned the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage even for couples married under state law.
No, he hasn't fully and completely enacted equality for all gay people in his first term. But to insist he's dragging his feet or is, according to the most hyperbolic activists on the left, "the worst president ever for gay people" is just outstandingly stupid.