Tell me again: How many jobs will be created by one mine compared to all those many ‘green’ projects?

Skip down to the two-minute mark on this video of Rep. Mark Amodei arguing for a bill that allows the city of Yerington to buy 10,400 acres of federal land to facilitate development of a copper mine for the “money quote.”

Did he mention that the bill would lead to the creation of 800 jobs paying $75,000 on average? I think so. Did he mention it will cost the federal treasury not one dime? A time or two. As for the comparison of the return on investment of what Amodei is proposing as opposed to Harry Reid’s renewable energy “investments,” the congressman noted that the $1 billion in federal money spent on “green” energy projects in Nevada has resulted in 136 jobs. Talk about bang for your buck. But none of the local news media picked up on this and most ignored the story entirely.

Pumpkin Hollow

On Tuesday the House passed by a vote of 232-188 H.R. 4039, the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act. It was bundled with a dozen other land and water use bills. It was Amodei’s first bill to pass the House.

Sen. Dean Heller put out a press release praising the House action and noting he has a companion bill working in the Senate.

Heller’s remarks were similar to those delivered by Amodei on the floor of the House:

“This legislation is an example of how Congress can act to encourage job growth, and I am pleased the House passed this measure. Mining is the backbone of Nevada’s rural economy and we are fortunate to have resources in our own backyard for economic development. Nevada has led the country in unemployment for the past 32 months, and Congress should focus on every opportunity available to create jobs. Lyon County faces the highest unemployment in the state. This legislation will create hundreds of jobs providing much-needed relief in one of Nevada’s most distressed counties. Every member of the Nevada delegation should support this measure and work to pass it out of Congress.”

Both Rep. Shelley Berkley, Heller’s opponent for his senate seat this fall, and Rep. Joe Heck are co-sponsors of the House bill.

But Berkley voted no. She said in a statement she supports the bill but opposed the package. “It is extremely unfortunate the House did not have the opportunity to vote on this important job-creating measure except as part of a larger legislative package that has no chance of passing in the Senate and faces strong opposition in Nevada,” she was quoted as saying by the Nevada News Bureau.

Heller responded, “Instead of supporting legislation that would have created jobs in Yerington, she chose to side with the League of Conservation Voters. This is typical Shelley Berkley, saying one thing and then doing another. Today she cast another vote in a long string of votes where she stubbornly refused to acknowledge that people in Nevada are actually hurting.”

If you are wondering what Amodei is talking about when he mentions 90 days, at an early hearing on the bill the bureaucrats at the Bureau of Land Management balked at the prospect of doing all the paperwork in 90 days as the bill requires. I compared it to a tantrum and the lyrics of a Sinatra song.

24 comments on “Tell me again: How many jobs will be created by one mine compared to all those many ‘green’ projects?

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    No mention of how Harry Reid stands on this, no surprise there, Obama is too busy covering his behind on “Fast and Furious” to bother with such provincial matters and tell Harry how he stands on the issue. And Shelly Berkley isn’t just being a woman and indecisive, she has to wait for guidance from Harry for a definitive answer,

  2. nyp10025 says:

    If a land-use bill that everyone supports is, for some inexplicable reason, bundled with lots of land-use bills that lots of people object to, why not propose the good part dealing with the Yerington land conveyance as a separate bill?

  3. Bruce Feher says:

    OMG! I agree with nyp!

  4. Athos says:

    This is the reason why we need to completely DEFEAT these liberal collectivists. There is NO give on the Democrat side (even for the GOOD of the people they are supposed to represent).

    It’s ALL ideology. And 2009/10 has shown the country that Dem control is a failure.

    Get out of the way, Shelley. And take Dina with you.

  5. That’s how they play.

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. Steve says:

    Most times Nyp appears to be contrary for the sake of being contrarian. This is not one of those times.

    Not only does Bruce agree with Nyp, so do I.

    See? we can cross the aisle.

  7. Vernon Clayson says:

    Don’t get too caught up in nyp’s opinion on this, he knows the question should be directed to Harry Reid and the other Nevada member of the congressional coalition against Nevadans, Shelly Berkley. Let’s call it the CCAN, Nevertheless, if you write to either you will get a form letter thanking you for your interest but the political and financial practicability, or impracticability, will not be explained. Neither will have seen your letter, a staff member prints it out and stamps the signatures.

  8. Athos says:

    Sounds like the voice of experience to me, Vernon. Steve, Bruce and petey; Shelley’s argument rings hollow, to me. This reminds me of the comparison between legislation and sausage making.

    You think this is the first bill that contains spoilers? Why is it that the Republicans are always the ones to “vote for the overall good of the country”, but Democrats like Shelley are being “principled”?

    Never heard of “give a little to get a little”? For 12 plus months the Democrats didn’t need (or want) a single Republican vote on any of their bills. And didn’t they let us all know it?

  9. Steve says:

    Sing this on the way to the polls in November…


  10. Steve says:

    Athos, Vernon you are both coredct of course but non of that changes what nyp posted. Just clarifies what nyp also knows. That what he opined will never happen.

    Enjoy the vid. I sure did.

  11. Vernon Clayson says:

    Nope, never heard “give a little to get a little” used in politics at any level, are you thinking of the legalized prostitution in some parts of Nevada? Politicians think large, extra large and immense in their trade offs, what do they care, it’s only money and easier to come by selling their souls instead of their bodies. And as for “principled” and “the overall good of the country” that’s a stretch, each and every one of them is thinking of the good for themselves and a few opportunistic best friends back in their state. And almost every politician is a member of one or the other political parties because that’s what the majority of voters were when they decided to run. No doubt there are some driven ideologs but they still have to appeal to their constituents so say they are proud members of one party or another and the sheep follow.

  12. Athos says:

    “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” –Samuel Adams (not the beer guy)

  13. A.D. Hopkins says:

    I want to see green energy developed but it boggles the mind that some cannot seem to see the need to use the resources we already have to compete in the world markets and, I believe Amodei mentioned, create some jobs.

  14. nyp10025 says:

    Then what we should do is have the House of Representatives vote on clean bill that authorizes this particular project and doesn’t bundle it with separate, controversial matters to which people have strong objections.

  15. […] more than a dozen other water and land use bills as the Conservation and Economic Growth Act. The Yerington bill would allow the city of Yerington to buy 10,400 acres of federal land to facilitate development of […]

  16. Athos says:

    Ah, petey. You are the King of Hypocrisy!

    “Someone help me out here -what is this fellow trying to say? What is his point?”

    “(Fill in the blank) thinks collectivism is anti-American. I disagree.”

    Where would we be without ya, petey?

  17. Perhaps not a brewer, Athos, but he was a partner in a malt house.

  18. Maybe we should “invest” in some R&D, A.D., but current technology isn’t viable without huge subsidies and tax breaks.

  19. There weren’t enough “strong objections” to keep it from passing the House handily. I suspect those who are throwing up the objections are claiming more support than they really have. Individual pieces can to excised along the way if there is enough opposition, Petey. Your way would work too, but might not be necessary.

  20. nyp10025 says:

    there are lots of nutty bills that pass the Tea Party-dominated House but which die in the Senate because of the fillibuster, the Democratic majority, and the threat of Presidential Veto. A bill which would waive all environmental protections in a hundred-mile zone contiguous to the Canadian and Mexican borders is one such bill. If Congressman Amodai wants his copper mine in Yerrington, all he has to do is bring a stand-alone bill to the floor for a vote.

  21. Athos says:

    Yea, petey. Who knows what endangered turtle would be disturbed if Border agents were allowed to follow illegals and smugglers into environmentally protected land?

  22. […] a bill to allow the city of Yerington to purchase at market price 10,400 acres of land to aid the Pumpkin Hollow copper mining project only if the bill includes the declaration of a wilderness area somewhere else in the state. Harry […]

  23. […] Mark Amodei has noted that the bill will  not cost the taxpayers a dime and Yerington will pay the appraised value for the land. He pointed out that Reid’s renewable […]

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