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Obama Administration Announces Seven Major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects
White House ^ | 8/7/2012 | Office of the Press Secretary

Posted on 08/21/2012 3:34:51 PM PDT by EBH

We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration Announces Seven Major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects that Would Power 1.5 million Homes to be Expedited

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as a part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, President Obama announced that seven nationally and regionally significant solar and wind energy projects will be expedited, including projects in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming. Together, these job-creating infrastructure projects would produce nearly 5,000 megawatts (MW) of clean energy – enough to power approximately 1.5 million homes, and support the President’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand American made energy. As a part of a Presidential Executive Order issued in March of this year, the Office of Management and Budget is charged with overseeing a government-wide effort to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective, saving time while driving better outcomes for the environment and local communities. Additional expedited infrastructure projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

“As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above strategy to expand domestic energy production and strengthen the economy, we are working to advance smart development of renewable energy on our public lands,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “These seven proposed solar and wind projects have great potential to grow our nation’s energy independence, drive job creation, and power economies across the west.”

The renewable energy projects announced today build on the Obama Administration’s record of success in permitting an unprecedented number of utility-scale renewable energy projects. Thanks to a coordinated and focused review process, in the past three years, the Department of the Interior has approved more utility-scale renewable energy projects on public lands than in the past two decades combined – a total of 31 new projects. When constructed by the companies, these projects are expected to generate enough renewable energy to power 2.3 million American homes.

Mohave Wind Energy (BP Wind) State: AZ Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: January 2013 The proposed Mohave County Wind Farm is a wind-powered electrical generation facility that would be located on approximately 38,099 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and 8,960 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Reclamation in Mohave County, Arizona. If approved, it would produce up to 425 MW of wind energy and help the state of Arizona meet its targets for renewable energy.

Quartzsite Solar Energy (Solar Reserve) State: AZ Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: December 2012 The proposed concentrating solar power plant would be located on approximately 1,675 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It would produce an estimated 100 MW of clean energy – enough to power about 30,000 homes – and help the State of Arizona meet its renewable energy goals.

Desert Harvest Solar Energy (enXco) State: CA Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: December 2012 The proposed Desert Harvest Solar Energy project would utilize photovoltaic technology on approximately 1,200 acres in Riverside County, California. The project would produce an estimated 150 MW of solar energy, enough to power about 45,000 homes.

McCoy Solar Energy (NextEra) State: CA Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: December 2012 This proposed solar photovoltaic array would be situated on 4,893 acres in Riverside County, California. It would produce an estimated 750 MW of solar energy – enough clean energy to power 225,000 homes – while helping the State of California meet its targets for renewable energy.

Moapa Solar Energy Center (RES Americas) State: NV Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: December 2013 This solar project is being developed in cooperation with the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians on a 2,000 acre site on the Moapa River Indian Reservation and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Clark County, Nevada. If approved, the 200 MW project would employ 100 MW of photovoltaic technology and 100 MW of concentrated solar power technology. Once constructed, this proposed project would be one of the first large-scale solar projects on tribal lands in the U.S.

Silver State South (First Solar) State: NV Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: March 2013 The Silver State South Solar Energy project is a solar energy generation plant proposed on 13,043 acres of public land. If approved, it would produce an estimated 350 MW of clean energy utilizing photovoltaic technology– enough to power approximately 105,000 homes – and help the State of Nevada meet its renewable energy goals. Construction on the 50 MW Silver State North project has been completed, making it the first solar project on public lands to be delivering power to the grid.

Chokecherry/Sierra Madre Wind Energy (Power Company of WY) State: WY Coordinating Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management Target date for completing Federal permit and review decisions: October 2014 The proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project, located on approximately 230,000 acres in Carbon County, Wyoming, could produce up to 3,000 MW of wind energy – enough to power over 1 million homes. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Farm Project is the largest proposed wind farm in North America. The project, as currently configured, avoids critical sage-grouse habitat identified as “Sage-Grouse Core Areas.” Chokecherry is a multi-tiered decision process that includes a land use plan decision anticipated in October 2012, followed by review of a series of right-of-way applications through 2014.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bailout; boondoggle; cronyism; energy; eo; executiveorder; fubo; green; greenscam; infrastructure; kickbacks; porkulus; solar; unicornfarts; wind
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How did I miss this big announcement?

...As a part of a Presidential Executive Order issued in March of this year, the Office of Management and Budget is charged ...

1 posted on 08/21/2012 3:34:53 PM PDT by EBH
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To: FReepers; FRiends; Patriots

OUST THE MARXIST S.O.B.

LESS THAN $5.8 k TO GO!!!

2 posted on 08/21/2012 3:36:50 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: EBH

WHo would have thought that OBama is renewable energy? ... what a crock of crap.

Mother nature is as reliable as a mama bear binging before the big freeze. It explains Michelle.


3 posted on 08/21/2012 3:40:04 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: EBH

He must be afraid he’s going to lose in November so he’s got to grease all of his cronies while he can.


4 posted on 08/21/2012 3:40:24 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: EBH
Renewable energy is their pipe dream. No cost is too great. No failure causes them to take a second look. Somehow they believe that if they just keep cramming these crap technologies down our throats that they'll eventually work.
5 posted on 08/21/2012 3:42:36 PM PDT by youngidiot (The name's Bond. James Bond. James Bond Jovi.)
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To: facedown

any bets on how many of these companies will bankrupt within 12 months?


6 posted on 08/21/2012 3:43:53 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: EBH

The key legal term, in there, by the way, is “renewable”, ie. meaning whatever they deem to be “Renewable” and enforcing compliance toward that goal.

This is government regulation of its own failing investments which will invariably lead to corruption in order to make itself look good on the books, like the Amtrak disaster.

Politics and business are the worst of associations, and it is even worse than government welfare to some businesses... because, really, it is business which pays for government, initially.


7 posted on 08/21/2012 3:44:04 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: youngidiot; All

8 posted on 08/21/2012 3:44:14 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: TurboZamboni

Either they will go bankrupt or turn totally fascist... as yet another stealth waste and thug private apparatus of the communist.


9 posted on 08/21/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: EBH

1.5 million Homes? No mention of the cost per home listed anywhere.


10 posted on 08/21/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: EBH
more taxpayer dollars funneled to his campaign donors... feh
11 posted on 08/21/2012 3:46:26 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: youngidiot

The problem is this is being done by dictate from the White House.

No congressional oversight of any kind.

He is using the, ‘we can’t wait,’ executive order to do this. He is spending money, our money with NO, ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROLS.

He needs to be removed from office RIGHT NOW.


12 posted on 08/21/2012 3:46:41 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: facedown

Yep, cronies, ie. the COMPLIANCE lawyer gang department... our nags.


13 posted on 08/21/2012 3:47:43 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: JudgemAll

Again, just pointing out this is being done by executive order with no oversight.


14 posted on 08/21/2012 3:48:36 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: EBH
I guess this is a stupid question but I thought Congress approved the funds so, wheres the money coming from?
15 posted on 08/21/2012 3:48:47 PM PDT by nomad
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To: EBH

“He needs to be removed from office RIGHT NOW.”

Last year would have been better, but close to half of America mindlessly repeats what he says and has nothing but hate for anyone who questions it.


16 posted on 08/21/2012 3:50:56 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: EBH

Kinda spread out... Adding up the projects’ land area comes to around 254,000 acres.


17 posted on 08/21/2012 3:53:20 PM PDT by BWDog
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To: EBH

definition of insanity again please?


18 posted on 08/21/2012 3:55:30 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: EBH
This is moving money into his campaign, pure and simple.
19 posted on 08/21/2012 3:55:58 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: EBH
If Romney wins and he doesn't stop this CRAP completely, then in 2016 he's gone along with more RINO’s.

We gave them 1994 and they “legitimately raped” us.

We gave them the full Congress and GW Bush and they did it again.

We put them back in 2010 and they want us to just lie their and enjoy it.

If we give them 2012 and they “rape” us again...then it's time to treat them like the Senator in Godfather II.

20 posted on 08/21/2012 3:56:26 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: JudgemAll

How much money????


21 posted on 08/21/2012 3:56:26 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Common sense although common knowledge is seldom common practice.)
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To: facedown

Looking at the 3 Executive Orders issued in March 2012,

Executive Order 13602
Establishing a White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities

Executive Order 13603
National Defense Resources Preparedness

Executive Order 13604
Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects

The only one that carries a presidential override for ‘we can’t wait’ is 13603, the National Defense Resources Preparedness order. You all thought I was crazy when I said he would do this. That little phrase change, “in peacetime and times of emergency” changed everything.


22 posted on 08/21/2012 3:56:52 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: EBH

Calling it “clean energy” doesn’t make it clean in reality, any more than calling taxes “revenue” makes it real income. Fact is that solar arrays are huge water hogs and subject to corrosion as well as ruining the fragile desert environment, and much the same goes for the bird-killing eyesores called wind farms. Both types of energy generation are net energy losers and environmental degraders with big carbon footprints.

Other than that it’s all hunky dory.


23 posted on 08/21/2012 3:57:44 PM PDT by Argus
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To: BWDog

Oops...Bad math...closer to 300,000 acres.


24 posted on 08/21/2012 3:59:30 PM PDT by BWDog
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To: EBH
Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects

Also known as multi-billion dollar giveaways to political donors.

25 posted on 08/21/2012 3:59:51 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: JudgemAll

LaHood: ‘I’m very proud’ of DOT stimulus spending at $738,000 per job [VIDEO]

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/20/lahood-im-very-proud-of-dot-stimulus-spending-at-738000-per-job-video/#ixzz24BVpz0Vv

“Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”-Will Rogers


26 posted on 08/21/2012 4:00:10 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: EBH

I have come to believe these Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects are basically fronts to laundry money back to the DNC...


27 posted on 08/21/2012 4:09:56 PM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: EBH

HUGE opportunity here!!!

add your own...

Solyndra...we just didn’t invest enough!!!

and the next...

and the next...

WE JUST DIDN’T “INVEST” ENOUGH!!!


28 posted on 08/21/2012 4:13:31 PM PDT by mreerm
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To: Popman

He is doing it through EXECUTIVE ORDERS!


29 posted on 08/21/2012 4:19:12 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: SIDENET
Also known as multi-billion dollar giveaways to political donors.

Don't forget the Chinese. They're about the only ones making photovoltaic panels anymore.

Oops, my bad. You already said political donors

30 posted on 08/21/2012 4:42:04 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: EBH

For the last 4 years we have witnessed the greatest theft in history and yes it did begin under Bush II but it was forged on Capitol Hill.


31 posted on 08/21/2012 4:42:12 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: EBH

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-rushes-project-for-solar-company-that-sells-products-to-itself/article/2504217


32 posted on 08/21/2012 4:56:29 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: EBH
As a part of a Presidential Executive Order .....

Get used to it. Unless he is removed from office he will continue to rule with exec orders. Even with a Republican House and Senate...he will just veto everything and rule by fiat either by exec orders or through his CZARS who have been empowered by the failure of the congress to exert their power. Now they have NONE and it is unlikely that there will ever be a 2/3 majority for override. USA is going the way of Germany, Russia, China, N.Korea etc..etc...etc. unless this Marxist is dethroned. Imagine what the SCOTUS will look like in 4 years.

33 posted on 08/21/2012 5:13:28 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: EBH

“Sh&t!”, cried the King. And a movement came over the nation. For in those days, the King’s word was law.


34 posted on 08/21/2012 5:27:38 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To all my relatives and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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To: Popman

Don’t know about that....but one of them has a $600 million dollar capital cost investment...


35 posted on 08/21/2012 5:51:12 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: BWDog

254,000 acres of bird-killer wind turbines and grotesque solar panels. “Renewable energy” is low yield, land defacing, costly and not cost effective. Perhaps this is just another Solyndra; A money laundering scheme for the Chicago machine.


36 posted on 08/21/2012 7:11:07 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: EBH

This is his big election year iniative that he can trumpet on the campaign trail?

Shovel-ready Solyndra? Realllllly?!?

The man never learns. In this case, thank God, he never learns!


37 posted on 08/21/2012 7:23:09 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: facedown

Yep.

And he’ll get 2% or so in donations back from this for the campaign.


38 posted on 08/21/2012 7:26:38 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Don Corleone

Yup, and if people don’t realize this will happen all the way through January, they got another think coming.

It will take decades to undo what this Marxist did in four years...


39 posted on 08/21/2012 9:56:43 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: EBH

Boehner stinks, but the House of Reps has not impeached Chairman Obama because we do not demand it.


40 posted on 08/22/2012 3:32:07 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: sf4dubya

There has got to be a way to stop this. It is coming through on an Executive Order...

Everyone is so distracted with the campaign they are not ‘seeing’ this.

And the 0bama Administration made no effort to announce this grand scheme! They simply, quietly posted it as a press release.


41 posted on 08/22/2012 3:51:32 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: TurboZamboni
any bets on how many of these companies will bankrupt within 12 months?

Anybody have the info as to how much in the way of campaign cash these companies have contributed to the obummer campaign?

42 posted on 08/22/2012 6:28:41 AM PDT by dearolddad
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To: dearolddad

There is a quote by Milton Freidman that says it all:

“Put the Government in charge of the Sahara Desert and within five years there will be a shortage of sand.”


43 posted on 08/22/2012 6:58:50 AM PDT by JayAr36 (America is swirling around the drain, someone put in the plug.)
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To: dearolddad

based on previous newstories, 80%.


44 posted on 08/22/2012 7:47:51 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: EBH

So, how many Chinese solar panels are we going to buy?

Seems like a lot of these projects will not get off the ground before 1/20/13, so Romney can cancel them.

And think about it—how many square miles of solar panels do you need to create enough power for 1.5 million homes?

How come the lefties aren’t upset about covering up Mother Gaia with manmade solar panels?

And where is the money goingto come in 20 years to replace the panels?

Ah, lefties, it’s the thought that counts!


45 posted on 08/22/2012 7:52:32 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: dearolddad

GREEN SCAM: 80% Of Green Energy Loans Went To Obama Donors - 19 Companies Went Bust
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2906481/posts

Hoax and Chains!


46 posted on 08/22/2012 8:29:13 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: EBH

3/4 majority of Congress.


47 posted on 08/22/2012 8:34:32 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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