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 COMMENT 585797 helpful negative off topic

B&W vs. Color

2015-01-28 11:22 AM

508 has the right idea for me. Don't like those awful too saturated color shots...including the first one in the examples.

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 CORKY helpful negative off topic

Strange Locust

2015-01-28 11:10 AM

Hilarious 433P

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 CORKY helpful negative off topic

Strange Locust

2015-01-28 11:05 AM

Oh, my goodness!

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 BERGERHOO helpful negative off topic

B&W vs. Color

2015-01-28 10:22 AM

I detest most black and white photos. For almost everyone, we see in color, not b&w. I heard someone who suffers with depression describe being in the grip of that disease as only being able to see in b&w. When the depression is lifted, they can see in color again.

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 COMMENT 585755P helpful negative off topic

Capps For Decision to Protect Calif...

2015-01-28 09:38 AM

One more thing about oil. The low-hanging fruit is gone. That is why there are newer techniques such as fracking and the use of steam to get at oil that does not just come gushing out.

These newer techniques are more expensive and are only profitable at a higher gas price. Many will go out of business because of lower gas prices. Hence solar and wind become even more important.

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 COMMENT 585749P helpful negative off topic

Capps For Decision to Protect Calif...

2015-01-28 09:27 AM

569 - nope.


There's thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published today by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University's GW Solar Institute. Compare that figure to 1.3 percent job growth for the economy overall, and you understand just how mind-blowing solar job gains are, with the solar industry hiring at a rate of almost 20 times that of the economy as a whole. This growth topped by almost 50 percent the combined job gains in the oil and gas pipeline construction sector [10,529 new jobs] and the oil and gas drilling industry [8,688 new jobs]. So here's some good news to trumpet around: In America last year, one out of every 78 new jobs was a solar job. The industry now employs a walloping 173,807 of our relatives, neighbors and friends.

Solar jobs are good jobs. Installers, the large majority of whom have only a high-school education, average $20-24 an hour. Manufacturing workers make almost $18. System designers earn between $30 and $40, and sales people earn $44 an hour, on average. Those figures are competitive with similar industries and can provide a middle-class standard of living.

Installers make up the greatest number of jobs in the industry: The companies they work for account for 55 percent of all solar jobs. Again, installers usually have only a high-school diploma. So solar's continued growth can mean more jobs and more options for people who often have the fewest choices in the job market.

Solar continues to be a bright spot in U.S. manufacturing: While the U.S. manufacturing sector has grown by only 3.2 percent since September 2010, and, sadly, lost 1.6 percent of its jobs total in 2014, solar manufacturing continues to bloom. Solar manufacturers now employ more than 32,000, up almost 9 percent over last year and 30 percent since 2010.

The solar workforce is increasingly diverse: Last year, women made up 21.6 percent of the solar workforce and veterans close to 10 percent, both up from previous totals. The solar industry now also employs more Latinos, Asian/Pacific Islanders and African Americans.

The blistering pace of the industry's... [ more ]

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 COMMENT 585744P helpful negative off topic

Capps For Decision to Protect Calif...

2015-01-28 09:19 AM

569 - your opinion about Solyndra seem to have been a result of the politicization of the issue, and is 100% false.

1. The loan guarantee program supporting Solyndra has been a success
The loan guarantee program, which provides government backing of private loans for first-of-a-kind projects, was designed to help leverage capital for innovative renewable energy projects during the height of the financial crisis. And it worked. Since the program was enhanced through the stimulus package, it has supported the world’s largest wind farm, the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, some of the largest solar PV plants in the world, and the country’s largest concentrating solar power project — nearly 40 projects in all that helped keep 60,000 people employed during the economic downturn.

2. The Solyndra bankruptcy represented a small fraction of the overall program
The loan guarantee program came under fire after the bankruptcies of a few high-risk companies — most famously Solyndra — that received backing. The Congressional Research Office concluded that the majority of loans were extremely low risk. In fact, over the last 20 years of experience, the U.S. government has shown a knack for managing risk — with loans and loan guarantee programs only costing tax payers 94 cents for every $100 dollars invested.

4. Dozens of Republicans supported loan guarantees or similar programs
A review of official documents and news reports over the years reveals that more than 60 Congressional Republicans — many of whom are critical of government support of renewables — have lobbied the Department of Energy for loan guarantees, grants, and other support for clean energy projects in their districts. In addition, Congressman Darrell Issa, one of the leaders of the House investigation into the Solyndra bankruptcy, strongly supported billions of dollars in loan guarantees for nuclear energy projects.

5. Republicans have bluntly admitted the investigation is political
With multiple Congressional and journalistic investigations revealing no evidence of political manipulation, why does the GOP continue to spend so much time on the issue? One Republican, Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, recently admitted that the plan was to keep Solyndra in the headlines throughout the election — no matter what the outcome: “Ultimately, we’ll stop it on Election Day, hopefully. And bringing attention to these things helps the voters and citizens of the country make th... [ more ]

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 CORKY helpful negative off topic

A New Sea Lion Friend

2015-01-28 09:11 AM

There was an article in the paper about young pups who have been abandened by their moms too soon and come out to stay warm, as they feed off their fat supply. When they are disturbed by dogs or people, they often go back to the water, which is not good for staying warm with diminished fat.

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 COMMENT 585738 helpful negative off topic

Capps For Decision to Protect Calif...

2015-01-28 09:04 AM

Another to be expected announcement from Lois. Thanks for nothing

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 COMMENT 585716 helpful negative off topic

B&W vs. Color

2015-01-28 08:29 AM

Color is always better! B&W is depressing!

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 COMMENT 585711P helpful negative off topic

A New Sea Lion Friend

2015-01-28 08:08 AM

Beached sea lions do not always necessarily need rescuing. They may be tired from swimming, may want a nap in the sun. Leave the animals alone and let nature take its course.

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 COMMENT 585702P helpful negative off topic

A New Sea Lion Friend

2015-01-28 07:43 AM

All's well that end's well. And we all learned a thing or two about baby seals.

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 COMMENT 585690 helpful negative off topic

B&W vs. Color

2015-01-28 07:14 AM

I'm an Adams, White and Weston fan. My favorite color photo is "Aspens in the snow".

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 COMMENT 585681P helpful negative off topic

B&W vs. Color

2015-01-28 06:36 AM

Interesting question - black and white sunsets vs. color? What per cent of photos on Edhat are black and white?
Lots of opinions are black and white, though.

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