Billions and billions. What good entrepreneur could ignore the sound of money pouring out of Washington D.C.? From solar to coal, the energy folks may not be dancing in the streets, but they are walking more assuredly into board rooms across the land. A Swiss-owned solar firm is beaming. Here's part of their comments, "Oerlikon Solar applauds the speed and effectiveness that the House, Senate and the Obama administration has demonstrated in passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As the global leader in silicon thin-film manufacturing equipment and factories, Oerlikon Solar can be a key participant in helping spur the manufacturing sector in the U.S. by stimulating new investment in factories that produce thin-film solar panels to serve the largest and fastest-growing market in the world for solar energy, the United States." KING COAL RULES Did you know there's billions in the plan for the coal industry? Aha, yes, Emerging Energy Research says the feds now have skin in the game of carbon sequestration: "Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) activity received a much-needed boost from the federal stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) which will increase federal CCS support in the US by 70% to over US$8 billion for demonstration and deployment of CCS projects." EER points out this federal spending will reinforce statewide efforts in Illinois and Texas which are both using state muscle to push for carbon seqeustration, seen by coal insiders as their answer to global warming complaints about CO2 emissions. KISS ALASKA, GOOD-BY? Regardless of your personal regard for Ms Sarah Palin, or not, wouldn't it be sad to lose Alaska? Don't think there's anything in the "stiumlus" package for shoring up the Alskan shores. Too bad. It seems to be eroding at a rapider and rapider, or is that more fast and more fast, pace these days. Guess I should go visit while it lasts? Mt. McKinley as an island?