Skip to comments.U.S. Senator Reid, son combine for China firm's desert plant
Posted on 04/12/2014 8:56:35 AM PDT by Lorianne
U.S. Senator Harry Reid recognized nine years ago that connections between his official duties and the lobbying activities of his relatives could lead to ethical questions.
In 2003, the Nevada Democrat publicly banned relatives from lobbying him or his staff after newspaper reports showed that Nevada industries and institutions routinely turned to Reid's sons or son-in-law for representation.
Now, questions surrounding family ties are flaring again in Nevada around the Senate majority leader. He and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert.
Reid has been one of the project's most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on behalf of the project in Nevada. His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County, where Rory Reid formerly chaired the county commission.
Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the non-partisan advocacy group Public Citizen, said the senator is dealing with "an iffy ethical landscape" because of the family connections ...
The senator has supported numerous clean energy projects in Nevada. Rory Reid cites energy as one of his specialty areas at the law firm.
The Langfang, China-based ENN Energy Group hopes to build what would be the largest solar energy complex in America. The site chosen with Rory Reid's guidance is in tiny Laughlin, Nevada, a gambling town of 7,300 along the Colorado River, 90 miles south of Las Vegas.
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Can't tell the year because idiotic Reuters didn't put the year on the article. Has to be either 2012 or 2013
Add to title... “And Reid’s former Advisor who is now head of the BLM for Nevada!
“....China-based ENN Energy Group hopes to build what would be the largest solar energy complex in America.”
That will result in lots of crispy wildlife in that area.
Has an environmental impact study been done or will it be waived because the Reid name is involved in the project?
Congress should call for hearings immediately...
And drag the hearings out until mid term elections
Reid has single-handedly put a roadblock in front of the US nuclear power industry by refusing to allow the Nevada nuclear waste storage area at Yucca Flats to go forward...which would guarantee higher value to lowest cost (US subsidized) Chinese wind and solar industries as an alternative to nuclear power.
The DemocRAT Party - “Putting Foreigners First!”
Good find, Reuters will have to go some to twist the facts on their own article so maybe they’ll have to tell some part of the truth about Bundy.
Cows and tortoise no. Solar plants and tortoise yes. Hmmmmmm! Witness the solar plant south of vegas that’s frying birds and blinding pilots. Sounds fair. They supposedly “relocated” some tortoises in that case so that makes it all good. Right?
OMG Liberals should not be breeding !
Yes, some very crisp desert turtles to be sure.
I’m seeing a missed food business opportunities here:
NFT Nevada Fried Turtle
I haven’t see anywhere where this land is in relation to Bundy’s ranch or the grazing land at issue. Does anybody know?
2008 Black Panther Voter Intimidation in Philadelphia tells me all I need to know about that racist Holder.
Fri, Aug 31 was in 2013.
related to dry lake solar energy project, BLM reported to have remove this from their site, saved on FR thread
Guess we know how Reis obtained his ten million.
related to dry lake solar energy project, BLM reported to have remove this from their site, saved on FR thread...
God bless FR and diligent FReepers.
Yet another reason to donate to FR :)
“His DingyNess”Once Again In Evidence?Can This Be”CoIncidental”??
And that’s why the fuss over this swath of land?
All the elements for a little civil war here.
And they’re going to put up scads of panels? Is that going to be any kinder to the turtles?
That project fell through.
We’re entering an era where soon no cow will be safe in America. Cows who have lost their sense of direction and wander onto country roads, as well as those who emit more gas than the EPA finds acceptable are being targeted by the government.
Many older Americans suffer from the same problems, yet they’re simply placed in nursing homes. Where is PETA in all this? Certainly the government can simply require farmers to fence in their cattle rather than evict farmers over wandering-cow syndrome.
And cows, of all animals! Not only do they provide us with milk and cheese, but they’ve proven over the years to be civilized enough to merely laugh off insults like being called ‘’Bossy,’’ unlike certain females of the human species.
As far as Harry Reid’s Nevada is concerned, it’s time for patriotic Americans to impose a Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions program against that state until Harry is removed from office. Nevada already has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, 8.5%, which is just below Illinois’ at 8.7%; and Illinois, which has the same low bond rating as Detroit had before it went bankrupt, is also about to go over the cliff.
For inflicting Harry Reid on the country for so many years, Nevada deserves to join those economic misfits in the poorhouse.
In several countries throughout Asia,Africa and South America....when crime gets too big................they call it government.
I’d imagine Confucius would have some choice things to say about it, had he seen modern times.
Time for Read to resign or be cenused for this bid to line his silver pockets with gold. He needs to be fully investigated—it will come after November.
With thousands of acres, I’m sure they could fence off the areas for the solar power plant...Plenty of room for cows and sunshine...
Perhaps the Chinese want the whole kit n kaboodle for future plans...Or Reid will make them pay for the entire property so there’s enough cash to dip his fingers into...
Story ran Aug. 31, 2012.