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Can you imagine what the City of Detroit could do with $6 billion dollars? Even if it had to go for wasteful "green" projects, the city could create solar farms and wind farms in its vast tracts of vacant land and provide clean, free [if unreliable] energy to light the streets and power municipal facilities. It could clean up debris-strewn, rubble packed abandoned land and turn it into parks with trees, grass and artificial lakes. It could even take a pass on that $0.25 billion budget cut.
But too bad for Detroit. President Obama decided to reward all of his loyal followers in Indonesia and Brunei with $6 billion that could have gone a long way to clean up the City of Detroit.
From the Asia News Network:
US pledges $6b aid for clean energy in Asia-Pacific.
The United States has pledged up to US$6 billion to grow sustainable energy in the Asia-Pacific region as part of an initiative brokered with Brunei and Indonesia.
Dubbed the "US-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Partnership For A Sustainable Energy", the US government announced last week that it will invest billions in Asian countries over the next four years to increase their purchasing power for American technology, services and equipment.
The move will ensure "affordable, secure, and cleaner energy supplies for the region", the White House said in a statement.
US Ambassador to Brunei Daniel Shields said: "The Asia-Pacific region will need an estimated $9 trillion in investments in electricity by 2035. President Barack Obama, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have joined together in recognition of this fact to help supply the region with clean energy."
The US has partnered with Brunei and Indonesia as the countries take up the chairs of Asean and APEC respectively in 2013. [h/t Geeeeez]So, don't all of you Detroiters who voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama feel so much better that the money which could have gone to help your deeply troubled city will go to oil-exporting Indonesia and Brunei instead? Say, isn't the Sultan of Brunei one of the world's wealthiest men? Hey, even wealthy guys could use a few billion more to run their countries. And perhaps he can return the favor in the form of some lucrative speaking fees in four or five years. Or maybe Indonesia can make our president again feel at home in four or five years.
Too bad, Detroit. We now know what our President was doing on that expensive Asian tour he took right after the election.
Let's hear it for the 51%-ers! They obviously live in a parallel universe where hope springs eternal in the face of reality.