Here in Pennsylvania our governor, Ed Rendell, is spending $22.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The program is called PA Conservation Works! and it is "a new grant program for local government and non-profit entities seeking to conserve or reduce energy use. PA Conservation Works! will provide up to $250,000 for individual projects and $500,000 for joint projects designed to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce energy costs by at least 25 percent."
(Read the press release here.)
No doubt the government will succeed at reducing energy consumption the way they have succeeded in reducing drug use, illiteracy, poverty, crime, unemployment, teenage pregnancy....I could go on, but I'm sure you get the point.
No wonder we have a recession going on, we're drowning in pork! This kind of spending only aggravated and prolonged the great Depression and is only hurting us now. When will they learn?