Thirty-two high-paying jobs that were terminated earlier this month at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are being restored two days before President Bush arrives to tout alternative energy.
U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard's office said late Sunday that the 32 jobs that had been cut are being restored, effective immediately.
He said Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman told him Sunday that those laid off were being called back to work. Allard, R-Colo., said the rehires were made possible by shifting unused funding from other Department of Energy accounts.
Renee Azerbegi, past president and a board member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, said the timing of Sunday's announcement about restoring the 32 positions "all sounds very political."
"I think it has a lot to do with Bush's image," she said. "I don't think they want Bush to visit NREL knowing a lot of people there are unhappy with him."
I originally posted on this HERE, and the post must have been picked up by a chain email or something, because it gathered many hits.
This is obviously a political decision, and you can see how "easy" it was for them to juggle the books a little bit, and give these employees their jobs back. Now, lets hope that a few of these scientists and bureaucrats have a spine when Bush is around, and ask a few tough questions of him.
Oh, and do you really heat the NREL building with natural gas, and not renewable sources?