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Order Signed by the President regarding the Acquisition of Four U.S. Wind Farm Project Companies
White House ^ | 9/28/12 | Obama

Posted on 10/13/2012 12:11:15 PM PDT by EBH

REGARDING THE ACQUISITION OF FOUR U.S. WIND FARM PROJECT COMPANIES BY RALLS CORPORATION

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (section 721), 50 U.S.C. App. 2170,

Section 1. Findings. I hereby make the following findings:

(a) There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Ralls Corporation (Ralls), a corporation organized under the laws of Delaware, and its subsidiaries, and the Sany Group (which includes Sany Electric and Sany Heavy Industries), a Chinese company affiliated with Ralls (together, the Companies); and, Mr. Dawei Duan (Mr. Duan) and Mr. Jialing Wu (Mr. Wu), citizens of the People's Republic of China and senior executives of the Sany Group, who together own Ralls; through exercising control of Lower Ridge Windfarm, LLC, High Plateau Windfarm, LLC, Mule Hollow Windfarm, LLC, and Pine City Windfarm, LLC (collectively, the Project Companies), all limited liability companies organized under the laws of Oregon, might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States; and

(b) Provisions of law, other than section 721 and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), do not, in my judgment, provide adequate and appropriate authority for me to protect the national security in this matter.

Sec. 2. Actions Ordered and Authorized. On the basis of the findings set forth in section 1 of this order, considering the factors described in subsection 721(f), as appropriate, and pursuant to my authority under applicable law, including section 721, I hereby order that:

(a) The transaction resulting in the acquisition of the Project Companies and their assets by the Companies or Mr. Wu or Mr. Duan is hereby prohibited, and ownership by the Companies or Mr. Wu or Mr. Duan of any interest in the Project Companies and their assets, whether directly or indirectly through owners, subsidiaries, or affiliates, is prohibited.

(b) In order to effectuate this order, Ralls shall divest all interests in:

(i) the Project Companies;

(ii) the Project Companies' assets, intellectual property, technology, personnel, and customer contracts; and

(iii) any operations developed, held, or controlled, whether directly or indirectly, by the Project Companies at the time of, or since, their acquisition

not later than 90 days after the date of this order, unless such date is extended for a period not to exceed three (3) months, on such written conditions as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) may require. Immediately upon divestment, Ralls shall certify in writing to CFIUS that such divestment has been effected in accordance with this order.

(c) No later than 14 calendar days from the date of this order, the Companies shall:

(i) remove from the properties on which the Companies have proposed to construct wind farms (including alternate sites) that are identified in the notice filed with CFIUS (Properties) all items, structures, or other physical objects or installations of any kind (including concrete foundations) that the Companies or persons on behalf of the Companies have stockpiled, stored, deposited, installed, or affixed thereon; and

(ii) provide CFIUS with a statement signed by Mr. Duan and Mr. Wu certifying that the Companies have completed such removal.

(d) The Companies, and any persons acting for or on behalf of the Companies, including officers, employees, and owners, shall cease all access, and will not have any access, to the Properties. Notwithstanding the foregoing, individuals that are U.S. citizens contracted by the Companies and approved by CFIUS may access the Properties solely for purposes of fulfilling the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.

(e) The Companies, Mr. Duan, and Mr. Wu shall not sell or otherwise transfer, or propose to sell or otherwise transfer, or otherwise facilitate the sale or transfer of, any items made or otherwise produced by the Sany Group to any third party for use or installation at the Properties.

(f) Ralls shall not complete a sale or transfer of the Project Companies or their assets to any third party until:

(i) all items, structures, or other physical objects or installations of any kind (including concrete foundations) that the Companies or persons on behalf of the Companies have stockpiled, stored, deposited, installed, or affixed on the Properties have been removed from the Properties and the Department of Defense has notified the Companies that it has verified the Companies' certification of such removal provided pursuant to subsection (c) of this section;

(ii) Ralls notifies CFIUS in writing of the intended recipient or buyer; and

(iii) Ralls has not received a provisional or final objection from CFIUS to the intended recipient or buyer within 10 business days of the notification in subsection f(ii) of this section. Among the factors CFIUS may consider in reviewing the proposed sale or transfer are whether the buyer or transferee: is a U.S. citizen or is owned by U.S. citizens; has or has had a direct or indirect contractual, financial, familial, employment, or other close and continuous relationship with the Companies or Project Companies, or their officers, employees, or owners; and can demonstrate a willingness and ability to support compliance with this order.

(g) From the date of this order until Ralls provides a certification of divestment to CFIUS pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the Companies shall certify to CFIUS on a monthly basis that they are in compliance with this order.

(h) Without limitation on the exercise of authority by any agency under other provisions of law, and until such time as the divestment is completed and verified to the satisfaction of CFIUS, CFIUS is authorized to implement measures it deems necessary and appropriate to verify that operations of the Project Companies are carried out in such a manner as to ensure protection of the national security interests of the United States. Such measures may include but are not limited to the following: on reasonable notice to the Project Companies and the Companies, employees of the United States Government, as designated by CFIUS, shall be permitted access, for purposes of verifying compliance with this order, to all premises and facilities of the Project Companies and the Companies located in the United States:

(i) to inspect and copy any books, ledgers, accounts, correspondence, memoranda, and other records and documents in the possession or under the control of the Companies or the Project Companies that concern any matter relating to this order;

(ii) to inspect any equipment and technical data (including software) in the possession or under the control of the Companies or the Project Companies; and

(iii) to interview officers, employees, or agents of the Companies or the Project Companies concerning any matter relating to this order.

CFIUS shall conclude its verification procedures within 90 days after the divestment is completed.

(i) The Attorney General is authorized to take any steps necessary to enforce this order.

Sec. 3. Revocation of Prior Orders. CFIUS's Order Establishing Interim Mitigation Measures of July 25, 2012, and Amended Order Establishing Interim Mitigation Measures of August 2, 2012, are hereby revoked.

Sec. 4. Reservation. I hereby reserve my authority to issue further orders with respect to the Companies or the Project Companies as shall in my judgment be necessary to protect the national security.

Sec. 5. Publication and Transmittal.

(a) This order shall be published in the Federal Register.

(b) I hereby direct the Secretary of the Treasury to transmit a copy of this order to the appropriate parties named in section 1 of this order.

BARACK OBAMA


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS:
OK...so it is a windfarm...but WTH!

Credible evidence? "in my opinion"

Rule of law?

1 posted on 10/13/2012 12:11:21 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

Looks like they’re seizing it.


2 posted on 10/13/2012 12:13:11 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: EBH

Didn’t pay enough graft to get this deal through.


3 posted on 10/13/2012 12:14:29 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: EBH

A shaman came to him in a dream...


4 posted on 10/13/2012 12:15:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (We should ignore the absurd peripheral, and focus on the absurd Obama. People died. He lied!)
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To: Sacajaweau

I see that too! Under the guise of National Security?


5 posted on 10/13/2012 12:16:36 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: Sacajaweau

It’s a start.


6 posted on 10/13/2012 12:17:17 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: arrogantsob

Those 3 executive orders from March 2012 are doing a lot of damage!


7 posted on 10/13/2012 12:17:27 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: Sacajaweau; EBH

It’s close to a military installation.
Chinese could monitor it from there.


8 posted on 10/13/2012 12:18:01 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: EBH

Will anyone stand up and stop this POS? Anyone? Hello? Are ya out there?


9 posted on 10/13/2012 12:19:29 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Sacajaweau; EBH

Besides, China doesn’t let us own firms in China. At best a minority interest. China shouldn’t be allowed to buy any U.S. firm.


10 posted on 10/13/2012 12:20:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

On the face of it, might not be a bad thing, chinese nationals near a military base? But why?


11 posted on 10/13/2012 12:21:58 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: Sacajaweau
Learning long ago to triple read, sentence by sentence, anything written by attorneys and then mull it over adnausium.

This reads like nobama is shutting down these PRC buddies, but it could be just the opposite.

12 posted on 10/13/2012 12:23:28 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Sacajaweau

There are no profits in wind farms outside of government subsidies. It looks like Obama is simply trying to avoid the scandal of paying subsidies for wind energy to a Chinese company. He just doesn’t want to say that because, he’s been pouring so much money into these wind farms.


13 posted on 10/13/2012 12:24:05 PM PDT by Eva (Obama and Hillary lied, Americans died.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Ralls also probably refused the usual kick back agreement on the government subsidies.


14 posted on 10/13/2012 12:27:22 PM PDT by Eva (Obama and Hillary lied, Americans died.)
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To: EBH
so now the obozo confiscates private property based on his opinion. what is his national security concern? communists world wide must be wetting their pants in excitement over this guy.
15 posted on 10/13/2012 12:27:28 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: DannyTN

So, wind farms are now national security risks?

The company is suing the U.S.: A small Chinese company sued President Barack Obama for squashing its wind farm projects that were close to a military training site, saying the president overstepped his bounds and the law, according to court documents made public on Tuesday.

Ralls Corp said when Obama ordered the company last week to divest its projects due to national security risks, he exceeded his power by dictating the terms of the sale, allowing the government to inspect all aspects of its operations and not treating the company equally as required under the law. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/02/ralls-corp-sues-obama_n_1932786.html


16 posted on 10/13/2012 12:28:37 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: drypowder

Obama is right on this.

He’s wrong on a lot of things, but he’s right on this.

Romney is better.


17 posted on 10/13/2012 12:29:55 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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sfl


18 posted on 10/13/2012 12:30:58 PM PDT by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: drypowder
He claims credible evidence, but also states “in my opinion,” which is the part I find most troubling. If there is credible evidence of an immediate threat it might be OK, but we don't know what his evidence is...other than we can garner the LLC’s are Chinese owned. Is there a weapon of some sort that these windfarms deploy? Are these guys operatives?
19 posted on 10/13/2012 12:34:54 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: EBH

Here’s the money quote - the buyer will most certainly be an o’bidens supporter acting on this quick-sale order:

f) Ralls shall not complete a sale or transfer of the Project Companies or their assets to any third party until:

(iii) Ralls has not received a provisional or final objection from CFIUS to the intended recipient or buyer within 10 business days of the notification in subsection f(ii) of this section. Among the factors CFIUS may consider in reviewing the proposed sale or transfer are whether the buyer or transferee: is a U.S. citizen or is owned by U.S. citizens; has or has had a direct or indirect contractual, financial, familial, employment, or other close and continuous relationship with the Companies or Project Companies, or their officers, employees, or owners; and can demonstrate a willingness and ability to support compliance with this order.


20 posted on 10/13/2012 12:36:12 PM PDT by gotribe (He's a mack-daddy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV415yit7Zg)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

he may well be doing the right thing but what is the NS concern? it can’t imagine it being foreign investment in US energy structure


21 posted on 10/13/2012 12:39:41 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The problem is...It should have never happened in the first place.


22 posted on 10/13/2012 12:41:34 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Do you really think the chinese have to set up a real business to “spy” on......what???


23 posted on 10/13/2012 12:45:51 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: EBH

Only one of the four wind farms was in restricted airspace and CFIUS never came up with a plan that would require the company to only divest interests in that particular project, the sources said.

“This is a big deal because it is the first time since 1990 that the president of the United States has either blocked a transaction from occurring or divested a transaction that has occurred,” said Clay Lowery, a former assistant secretary at Treasury who oversaw the CFIUS process and now is with Rock Creek Global Advisors.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/28/us-usa-china-turbines-idUSBRE88R19220120928


24 posted on 10/13/2012 12:48:31 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Ralls Corp, which had been installing wind turbine generators made in China by Sany Group, has four wind farm projects that are within or in the vicinity of restricted air space at a naval weapons systems training facility, according to the Obama administration.


25 posted on 10/13/2012 12:49:43 PM PDT by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: EBH

Doesn’t Obama have to sign things with his full legal name, including “Hussien” ?


26 posted on 10/13/2012 12:59:59 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: EBH

Reminds me of Hugo Chavez!


27 posted on 10/13/2012 1:01:03 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (ZERO DARK THIRTY (coming soon to an embassy near you))
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To: EBH

Wind is not the answer ask Germany and the others who are on sinking “green ships”!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9559656/Germanys-wind-power-chaos-should-be-a-warning-to-the-UK.html


28 posted on 10/13/2012 1:19:56 PM PDT by Pilated
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To: stocksthatgoup
Reminds me of Hugo Chavez!

That was my first thought, too. While it might not be such a good idea having the Chinese next door to one of our bases, I'm sure that isn't the real reason. He's got something else going on there that benefits him.

29 posted on 10/13/2012 1:40:17 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Sacajaweau

You make a good point, nothing to spy on when we have given it all to them for free...


30 posted on 10/13/2012 2:38:11 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: DannyTN

Actually, we can own companies in China.

They are called WFOEs - Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise.

There are certain hoops one has to jump through, but this is not necessarily worse that doing things in the US. For example, I think it could be easier to form a company in China than in California.

:-/


31 posted on 10/13/2012 3:38:24 PM PDT by muffaletaman (IMNSHO - I MIGHT be wrong, but I doubt it.)
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To: EBH

Someone needs to look into who exactly benefits from this. Which large obama supporter will make millions because of this action?


32 posted on 10/13/2012 7:08:37 PM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: muffaletaman
"Actually, we can own companies in China. They are called WFOEs - Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise.

Wikipedia's write up on this indicates that those WFOE's don't have the right to sell to Chinese. They can employee Chinese to sell products back to America though.

Wikipedia: "WFOEs are often used to produce the foreign firm's product in mainland China for later export to a foreign country. They do not automatically have the right to distribute their products in mainland China, though a recent variant (the Foreign Invested Commercial Enterprise FICE) has the ability to do so.

"WFOEs are among the most popular corporate models for non-PRC investors due to their versatility and unique advantages.

33 posted on 10/13/2012 11:33:34 PM PDT by DannyTN
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