Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More News that Isn't Really News

From the Line of Shit Department:

Boeing 737 Factory to Move to Clean Energy

Now really the headline alone is out of context, and if you only read the headline, you would not get the rest of the story, you would really think that they are going to clean up their act.

And now the rest of the story, or as much as is needed.

"Boeing said it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes."

There you have it, the truth, they are not doing what they say, they are buying credits from the government so they can do whatever they please.  Nice gesture, and I am certain it will give "joy joy feelings" to everyone who is interested in "green business", but there is very little in the reality of actual clean energy there, just payola.

Another Quote:

"The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, said the plan will move the Renton factory near Seattle toward an all-renewable energy mix."

Unfortunately I can not at this time access the EPA site, because they are transitioning to a new system, most likely so they can better control how they display data, to make the bad actors look better.

The rest of the article goes on to say that Boeing will pay a premium for their energy so they can purchase renewable energy credits to offset the fossil fuel energy they use.  While this is all good for their public relations, it really is mostly that.

And yet one more quote:

"Marc Krasnowsky, a spokesman for NW Energy Coalition that has pushed for more renewable energy use, praised the company for looking at becoming all-renewable.

"They're basically turning their fossil power green, and that's laudable," he said.

I do not think I can really agree with Mr. Krasnowsky, as it being laudable, but I guess something is better than nothing, even if it is really nothing.  I am sure it means more to the people in Boeing's backyard, although if they are spending more on energy, it may mean there will be less money for job creation, so this "greening effort" may actually mean less work.  I hope it does not come to that, but if the pressure to look good to the environmentalist is that strong, and the companies do not or can not actually do something that will make a difference, then maybe it will not work out in the end.

Still I think it is progress, in a sideways direction, but progress.  Kind of like when your car gets stuck in the snow, sometimes you have to spin the tires and get the car to slide sideways first before you can move forward.  Let us all hope that is what we are seeing, because it can sometimes lead to your car just burying itself even deeper in the shit.

That is it folks, see you later, for more updates when they catch my eye.


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