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Emerald Cities 'Goals' (CCX connections -- Beck is discussing)
Emerald Cities Web site ^ | Various | Various

Posted on 04/29/2010 7:33:32 AM PDT by combat_boots

Emerald Goals

Green Our Cities

Our goal is to achieve significant reductions in the carbon footprint and energy consumption and increased energy savings and efficiencies. To this end, we encourage cities to:

Substantially increase the energy efficiency of citywide building stock over ten years while prioritizing poor communities.

Buildings are the largest national source of energy consumption, costing $400 billion annually in energy bills and comprising 80 percent of local carbon emissions in some cities. Yet, efficiency gains between 30 and 50 percent are possible using existing, cost-effective technology. Reducing energy consumption requires a comprehensive retrofit of building stock. The most significant residential gains in efficiency will be made by retrofitting the poorly maintained, oldest, and least efficient building stock concentrated in poor communities. To achieve such large-scale energy reduction, partners can:

•Establish a comprehensive, participatory planning process supported by professional planning and management

•Develop a variety of financing mechanisms that leverages the resources of utility companies, private investors, and federal, state and local government programs

•Retrofit government office buildings, schools, hospitals, affordable housing projects, waste stations, as well as private residential housing stock

•Prioritize retrofits in low-income neighborhoods Implement deep, not simple, retrofits wherever possible.

Simple retrofits insulating inefficient buildings and perhaps providing more efficient appliances, can improve energy efficiency and create short-term jobs. However, they miss critical opportunities. Deep retrofits are designed to coordinate energy upgrades with solutions to other safety hazards or deficiencies in buildings, link the building stock to the broader infrastructure; maximize gains on a neighborhood scale, and target improvements to community needs. Moreover, the complex work and large-scale changes required by deep retrofits provide wide-ranging green job opportunities in design, manufacturing, and construction or installation. To promote comprehensive gains in energy efficiency, cities can endorse efforts to:

•Coordinate energy efficiency retrofits with other building improvements for healthy housing including lead abatement, installation of current communications technology, disabled friendly alternations, water conservation, and indoor air quality

•Define retrofits to include landscape, urban vegetable cultivation, water, and communications (broadband and future technologies) systems so that buildings can properly link to the broader urban infrastructure.

•Pursue neighborhood level projects rather than focusing on buildings in isolation

•Encourage building technology innovation that furthers energy efficiency in building materials, construction techniques, and retrofits

•Develop long-term energy efficiency strategies that link the city to the region and promote regional manufacturing for the building technology required for retrofits

Build Our Communities

Our goal is to generate good jobs and lifetime construction careers, create new high-road, community-based enterprises, reduce urban poverty and chronic underemployment especially in communities of color, and raise living standards. To this end, we encourage cities to:

Support high-quality job creation through the requirement for labor standards.

Construction is a high turnover industry susceptible to the influx of poorly-trained, poorly-paid workers and employers who resist training workers. Labor standards can compel employers to support training programs that both ensure uniform, high-quality construction work and establish the decent wages and benefits critical to stabilizing communities. Thus, energy efficiency efforts have the greatest long-term impact when they link to the growth of a well-paid, well-trained green workforce at scale. To promote this approach, cities can:

•Promote the use of community workforce agreements, either at the neighborhood or city level, and aid in development of such agreements

•Adopt a coordinated curriculum for high-skilled green construction in conjunction with incentives for the use of credentialed green labor

•Support workforce development, including both credentialed vocational training and a supply of remedial general education and work readiness. This includes expanding the union-based apprenticeship system.

•Coordinate efforts to ensure the provision of an adequate local supply of qualified contractors and workers to do the large-scale work demanded by this plan Expand access to high-quality jobs and contracts to minorities, women, and low-income residents.

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis and historically excluded from the benefits of economic growth during good times. Energy efficiency efforts can maximize economic impact by introducing career opportunities to minorities and communities with high rates of unemployment and poverty. Workforce development not only helps individuals but also reduces spin-off costs from unemployment and poverty. Moreover, long-term economic advancement requires business development within disadvantaged communities. To expand economic opportunity, local efforts can agree to:

•Where in place, utilize and enforce community benefits agreements in energy efficiency projects; otherwise promote and support concepts of agreements

•Further linkages between community workforce training programs and union pre-apprenticeship curriculum; linkages to other publicly funded workforce training partnerships in ECC cities (e.g. those led by community colleges); and connections for program participants to training and jobs in the broader infrastructure arena.

•Increase opportunities for minority and women-owned contractors to administer and carry out green construction projects

•Support development of the workforce in complementary industries such as manufacturing, engineering, auditing, and recycling

Strengthen Our Democracy

Our goal is to increase labor-community input in urban political decision-making and promote pro-working families economic development strategies. To achieve this goal, cities can:

Build lasting democratic capacity to shape the urban economy.

Low wage earners often lack voice and access to the formal venues and informal networks that generate public policies and economic strategies. Yet, low-income residents stand to benefit greatly from the long-term cost-savings and potential for small-business creation of conservation and efficiency efforts. The most effective energy efficiency strategies require widespread cooperation. This requires people to communicate, identify common interests and goals and obstacles to reaching them, and to work together toward achieving them all activities that can help build democratic capacity. Efforts to deeply organize our communities and align community and labor interests should not be confined to increasing energy efficiency in buildings. These alignments will increase the public capacity to meaningfully influence our cities economic, social and political futures. We support efforts to:

•Provide financial incentives and extensive training to enable community groups to support resident organizing around efficient and sustainable communities

•Build resident capacity to aggregate the demand needed to build collective enterprises and attract specialized and high quality contractors

•Organize residents to advocate for policies and programs that support local sustainability

•Build partnerships with labor to increase community leverage around energy efficiency in urban political decision-making.

Endorse and advocate for regulations and legislation furthering these goals

Government policy is powerful tool in ensuring coordination among different constituencies and groups to achieve their joint priorities. The regulation of new energy projects can guarantee job standards and community access to those jobs; ensure transparency and equal opportunity in labor markets; and repair damage done to individuals within underserved communities by helping them grasp the opportunities of retrofits. In addition, government regulation can organize the money needed for energy efficiency work by removing unnecessary constraints on community ability to capture and aggregate the value flowing from their work. Methods to achieving this include to:

•Support local policy such as a community workforce agreements to enforce local source hiring, specify required skills, set apprenticeship utilization rates for contractors, and make explicit the assumption that union-employer partnerships provide vocational training

•Establish special tax districts for energy efficiency and clean generation

•Engage state utility boards in the cost recovery of capital for such programs through the requirement that all utilities offer on-bill financing.

•Develop forward-capacity markets at the federal level

•Encourage policy that shifts public spending away from direct purchases of labor or materials toward credit enhancement that make available capital for energy efficiency. One possible method is a public fund for default insurance and securitization services.

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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well I went to the site and didn’t see Beck’s name anywhere, is more to the point of my question.

Not shilling for doughboy, I just didn’t see the connection.

51 posted on 04/29/2010 9:42:10 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: maggief; All

George Soros, Maurice Strong and company redefine the Middleclass (Must read)
Canada Free Press ^ | September 26, 2008 | Judi McLeod

Who is attacking the U.S.? The big casualty in this 21st century U.S. civil war is the Middle Class George Soros, Maurice Strong and company redefine the Middleclass

George Soros, Al Gore, Warren Buffet, Maurice StrongThe Democrat-loving mainstream media is missing the boat on Warren Buffet’s take of America’s economic meltdown as …”a sort of economic Pearl Harbor we’re going through.”

That being the case, then surely the first question should be: “Who is attacking the U.S.?”

The billionaire’s $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs Group Inc. at the same time he’s touting the Treasury’s $700 billion bank rescue plan, should be the tipoff.

With so many banksters and fraudsters openly treating the U.S. treasury as their private piggybank, one ponders what‘s really going on.

Is wholesale market manipulation the new al Qaeda?


So how does UN Poster Boy Maurice Strong intend to harness America’s middleclass?

This is what Strong told a reporter back in 1990, when he was describing what he called a fantasy scenario for the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland­where 1,000 diplomats, CEOs and politicians gather annually “to address global issues”.

What if a small group of these world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the earth comes from the actions of the rich countries?…

In order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring this about?

“This group of world leaders forms a secret society to bring about an economic collapse,” Strong told the reporter in painting his so-called fantasy scenario.

“It’s February. They’re all at Davos. These aren’t terrorists. They’re world leaders. They have positioned themselves in the world’s commodities and stock markets. They’ve engineered, using their access to stock markets and computers and gold supplies, a panic. Then, they prevent the world’s stock markets from closing. They jam the gears. They hire mercenaries who hold the rest of the world leaders at Davos as hostage. The markets can’t close…


48 posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:19:49 PM by maggief

52 posted on 04/29/2010 9:43:45 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Jim Wallis speaks for Christians the same way that Jesse Jackson speaks for all blacks.)
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To: combat_boots

Union thugs, if it has Obama involved , behind the curtain is the union Label.

53 posted on 04/29/2010 10:02:27 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Vendome

Apologoes, Vendome. Beck was discussing this Emerald Cities organization on his radio show today and its interconnectedness to the usual suspects & DC corruption.

54 posted on 04/29/2010 11:05:33 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: onyx
You have named this tune in one note is wise in these times to pay attention to the delivery as much if not moreso the content of what this administration is doing....if they are overwhelming they are also deceiving and all with the purpose of driving their agenda full boar while everyone is trying to figure out how to navigate the maze they are dishing out.

Therefore good to step back and look at the maze itself...first. This has nothing to do with the American people no matter how convincingly they present it. It is about cash flow first to the coffers they desire.....cap n’ trade, global warming, student loans, auto industry, insurance comp., healthcare are all the highest volumes of cash flow in our country.....thus control of these is control of the money they gender. Now they are going after the banks on wallstreet, they first infused them, like it or not, and now they will tear them down in order to regulate their cash flow. It is about a gathering of all cash under the regulation and control of the government.

But it will go from there, and now working behind the scenes to much the governance of monies on an international level. Of course the IMF and the G-12 meetings are good to follow to see how this develops....interesting to see when they meet.. and news they report... generally on certain sites that news agencies find dull and boring as new.

Interesting as well, once they have the monies where they want them....then each nation is in position to barter etc politically for the powers that will weld. There will always be a cash cow for the underdeveloped nations just to keep them out of the political power decisions...keep them under control by dependency on these handouts...but only enough to give them false hope.

So ultimately it is all about the money and power....but on an international scale....we are the collateral damage that goes with getting where they want to go. Neutralize the US power is part of the agenda to bring about control of international monies...and of course carbon credits via global warming will keep the monies moving into their coffers. All in the name of a better world for it's citizenry.......and if anyone believes that....well you know the line...

55 posted on 04/29/2010 11:13:05 AM PDT by caww
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To: OafOfOffice; All

“Fannie Mae owns patent on residential ‘cap and trade’ exchange”
By: Barbara Hollingsworth
Local Opinion Editor
April 20, 2010

56 posted on 04/29/2010 12:41:08 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: All

More on Gore and CCX

The $10 Trillion Climate Fraud.

57 posted on 04/29/2010 1:14:31 PM PDT by OafOfOffice (W.C:Socialism:Philosophy of failure,creed of ignorance,gospel of envy,the equal sharing of misery)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Nipfan; Defendingliberty; 4horses+amule; Nervous Tick; Amagi; Beowulf; ...
Thanx !


Beam me to Planet Gore !

The Competitive Enterprise Institute will bestow the Julian Simon Award on Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick for their efforts in debunking Mann's hockey stick at CEI's 2010 Dinner, June 17 at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill 400 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001.

58 posted on 04/29/2010 1:34:50 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (Warmists as "traffic light" apocalyptics: "Greens too yellow to admit they're really Reds."-Monckton)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This post is enough to give me a huge headache. Come to think of it my head is already aching.

59 posted on 04/29/2010 2:16:05 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Wisconsinlady

Bookmark for later, but already I can see that I don’t like it.Please, oh please let’s get rid of this administration. If only we could have a few more special elections in the Senate, perhaps we could hold back the tide.

60 posted on 04/29/2010 3:30:53 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: combat_boots
Buildings are the largest national source of energy consumption.....

.....SUV's drive themselves and cause accidents

.....Guns load themselves and kill people

I'm sorry, but buildings don't use any energy. The EQUIPMENT inside them use energy when PEOPLE want them to use it. The building qualities can affect the rate of energy use, but it does not "use energy"!

I know it's nitpicking, but I can't stand that phrase. I hear it too much these days. Like "environmental stewardship" and "green", it drives me nuts.

61 posted on 04/29/2010 4:03:54 PM PDT by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I hope you have watched or Tivo’d Glenn Beck’s 4 p.m. TV show today on FOX because he is talking about this Emerald Cities and the “wizard” is a professor-guess where- at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Joel Rogers. Yikes, this is bigger than I thought. See

62 posted on 04/29/2010 4:12:33 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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COWS’ work is collaborative, experimental, and evidence-driven. Working with business, government, labor, and communities, we try out new ideas, test their effectiveness, and disseminate those with promise. We believe that the best way to predict the future is to start making it, particularly in our states and metro regions.

Some areas of COWS’ program focus are:

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COWS is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, famous for the “Wisconsin Idea” that the University should help informed democratic experiment. Since its founding 18 years ago, COWS has often been called “the Wisconsin Idea in action.”

COWS is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, educational and charitable organization. Its budget comes from foundation and individual gifts and grants and technical assistance contracts.”

63 posted on 04/29/2010 4:18:24 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots


WE2 gets federal support
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Welcome to COWS > About COWS > Staff > Staff Details
Staff Details- Joel Rogers

Joel Rogers is a professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He directs COWS, the national think-and-do tank on high road development, and the new Center for State Innovation (CSI). Rogers has written widely on democratic theory and American politics and public policy. His most recent book (with Richard Freeman) is What Workers Want (2006). A longtime activist as well as academic, Newsweek identified him as one of the 100 Americans most likely to shape US politics and culture in the 21st century.

Click here to view Joel Rogers’ online Curriculum Vitae.

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•Devolve This! (The Nation)
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•”Unfulfilled Promise,” The Nation Online 6/21/2004
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•”Progressives Should Vote for Edwards as Best on Issues,” Madison Capital Times 2/12/2004
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•”Little to Celebrate on Labor Day,” Wisconsin State Journal 9/1/2003
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•”Metropolis now,” New Statesman 9/17/2009
•”Obama’s Labour Play,” The Financial Post (London) 4/6/2009
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•”In Arkansas and elsewhere, economy stable,” USA Today 2/26/2009
•”Making Money a Renewable Resource,” Ode Magazine 12/3/2008
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65 posted on 04/29/2010 7:28:29 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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66 posted on 04/29/2010 7:35:45 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Patriot Ping

67 posted on 04/30/2010 7:54:26 AM PDT by mentor2k
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To: combat_boots

>>Buildings are the largest national source of energy consumption,<<

I’m trying to get my company to let me telecommute. Maybe I should use the financial argument. ;)

68 posted on 04/30/2010 8:12:26 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: combat_boots

The FBI is where?... doing what?.. complicit?..

69 posted on 04/30/2010 8:42:16 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: combat_boots

Are any of the harpies in the sock puppet news media that went head hunting with the ‘Halliburtion/Cheney connection’ doing anything on this?

This conspiracy compared to the Halliburtion no bid story is like comparing a golf ball to the moon. It’s that much bigger. It encompasses all the big unions that were paid off with health care, the stimulus and the bail outs. All the big companies that were paid off with the stimulus like Freddy/Fanny, Goldman, etc... It is astronomical the amount of people and money woven into this conspiracy to create a ruling class and a slave class.

I only hear crickets.

70 posted on 04/30/2010 10:29:52 AM PDT by chichipow
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To: All

Those who missed it watch this weeks shows on Monday and Thursday the 26th and 28th for it to be laid out by Glenn Beck. It is a conspiracy laid bare and the center of it is Obama. Not a nut case conspiracy theory like 9/11 - this one has teeth and is the death rattle of this country.

71 posted on 04/30/2010 10:37:42 AM PDT by chichipow
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To: caww

Like Glenn says, he’s one man with a small staff and the blessings of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes. The rest of the so called news media are literally silent and not interested, and we have to question “why?” Are they so in-the-tank to the point of wanting to see our country fail and fall into the hands of Marxists and Communists?

Glenn is right: Government is now a criminal enterprise. Nobody repsonsible for the finanacial collapse in in jail or even being investigated. Franklin Raines is a fillthy rich man and deeply involved with a new arm of this mega scheme, heading “Enterprise,” after securing the patent and raiding Fannie.

Yet, no charges, no congressional oversight, nothing. Government is a criminal enterprise.

72 posted on 04/30/2010 10:39:52 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: chichipow
Emerald Cities 'Goals'

Ah, Utopia.

And damn the cost.

73 posted on 04/30/2010 10:48:51 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: combat_boots


74 posted on 04/30/2010 10:57:45 AM PDT by VOA
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To: chichipow

Bravo. Well said.

75 posted on 04/30/2010 10:57:59 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: onyx

....” Government is a criminal enterprise”......

Makes you wonder how far those threads go doesn’t it....and thus when we vote does it become entirely the lesser of the the evils. Because once they are in the thros of the Washington thugocracy how can the good guys not become tainted in order to just survive being there?

76 posted on 04/30/2010 10:58:56 AM PDT by caww
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To: combat_boots


77 posted on 04/30/2010 10:59:57 AM PDT by VOA
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To: onyx

“Yet, no charges, no congressional oversight, nothing. Government is a criminal enterprise.”

I fear that even if the RATS are voted out in November there won’t be. It’s a very slim chance. It may be stopped and swept under the rug, but I would bet my left knut that no one of any stature is charged.

Most governments of the world are criminal enterprises. Too bad ours isn’t any different any more.

78 posted on 04/30/2010 11:06:38 AM PDT by chichipow
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To: chichipow; caww

The democrats have to be voted out regardless. We knopw they’re criminals and we also have to vote out the Republican incumbents in the primaries! I’ve had it. New blood. CITIZEN legislators, preferably veterans who have served our country. To hell with “experience in government,” and “millionaires.”

79 posted on 04/30/2010 11:38:22 AM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: Excellence


80 posted on 04/30/2010 1:00:20 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government.)
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To: combat_boots

I am printing out every page I can find that this Joel Rogers has printed in case they “disappear” off of his website. He is the “wizard” that Beck is talking about, and head of the Apollo Alliance.

81 posted on 04/30/2010 1:15:53 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

82 posted on 04/30/2010 1:18:23 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady (.)
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To: combat_boots

user warning: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near '' at line 1 query: SELECT type FROM main_node WHERE nid= in /home/content/85/5653985/html/themes/zen/zen/page.tpl.php on line 451.

Should I be worried?

83 posted on 04/30/2010 2:24:03 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government.)
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To: Excellence; Admin Moderator

See Post 6 for Board members. I noticed that within 1/2 hour of Beck’s 1st mention of the names, the link went dead and had to be searched, so, I posted them before they could go to ground completely.

I’d clean my registry and use an anonymizer. Scan your PC and reboot.

Maybe the admin mod can offer some advice.

84 posted on 04/30/2010 2:35:49 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

There’s a site map link at the bottom of the home page; that was the one I used.

85 posted on 04/30/2010 2:39:44 PM PDT by Excellence (Meet your new mother-in-law, the United States Government.)
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To: maggief; budsimmons; All

Did Lindsey get that SC nuke plant? (And/or, the rumored Defense Secretary post???)

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Nelson, Mullins et al $79,491 $70,491 $9,000
Scana Corp $57,630 $51,130 $6,500
EnergySolutions LLC $35,800 $35,800 $0
Edens & Avant $31,900 $31,900 $0
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $31,450 $24,950 $6,500


Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is helping to negotiate a nuclear energy amendment that could help bring aboard swing votes who support the industry. Architects and backers of the nuclear effort include Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who are seeking more federal financial backing and other support.


Nuclear Energy Institute spokesman John Keeley said the industry’s priorities include greater funding for loan guarantees. Congress has set aside $18.5 billion thus far for nuclear plant loan guarantees under a DOE financing program first authorized in the 2005 Energy Policy Act. But this would cover only a small number of new plants.

Four proposals remain in the running for DOE guarantees from this funding, according to several published reports. They are: UniStar Nuclear Energy/Constellation Energy Group’s proposed Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland; NRG Energy Inc.’s South Texas Project; Southern Co.’s Vogtle plant in Georgia; and Scana Corp.’s Summer plant in South Carolina.

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Will Obama’s Goldman Sachs Attack Expose Al Gore? Or Other Dems?
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Will Obama’s Goldman Sachs Attack Expose Al Gore? Or Other Dems?

Richard Pollock On April 22, 2010

Whether Wall Street colossus Goldman Sachs has committed a crime remains to be seen, but the investigation may well uncover the environmental lobby and its public figurehead. For nearly a decade, Goldman Sachs has been a quiet but major investor in cap and trade. And Goldman’s main investment partner has been Al Gore.

About a decade ago, Goldman executives recognized that personal fortunes could be made with the invention of a carbon trading system through the passage of a U.S. cap-and-trade bill. This area was well suited to Goldman Sachs, the architects behind the complex world of futures trading and exotic derivatives.

Goldman joined Al Gore in 2004 and capitalized his investment company, Generation Investment Management. Strangely for a man who was a heartbeat away from the presidency, Gore decided to register his company in London — not the United States.

In November 2004, Gore unveiled GIM. Standing at his side was David Blood, the CEO of Goldman Asset Management. Blood was to become his co-founder (the new company was quickly nicknamed “Blood & Gore”). It was established with the initial capital of $206 million, much of it from Blood clients at Goldman Sachs.

Gore also turned to Goldman Sachs guru (and later Bush Treasury Secretary) Henry Paulson to help him establish GIM. At the time, Paulson himself was an eco-warrior of sorts, serving as chairman of the board of the Nature Conservancy.

Today, seven of Gore’s GIM chief partners are from Goldman Sachs. The company is now valued [1] at $2.2 billion.

It doesn’t stop there. The Goldman Sachs/Gore team then established the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a new cap-and-trade carbon trading platform, and partnered with the UK-based Climate Exchange, Plc (CLE), a holding company [2] listed on the London Stock Exchange [3]. CLE does carbon trading in Europe. In late 2004, they also created the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange [4] (CCFX).

In September of 2006, Climate Exchange Plc acquired [5] the remainder of CCX it didn’t own [6] and placed £12.2 million of new shares with Goldman Sachs [7].

Goldman is reported to have made an investment of $23 million in the venture. Between Gore and Goldman, they are the largest investors in the Chicago Climate Exchange, owning 20% of it.

Last year, in an expose from Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi (“Inside the Great American Bubble Machine [8]“) Taibbi identified Goldman Sachs as the father of some of our most notable modern day economic crises. He profiled a firm that handsomely profiteered over both the tech bubble and the metastasizing housing bubble.

Taibbi predicted Goldman’s next big play in cap and trade. This would become our next bubble. Taibbi tagged Goldman Sachs a “gangster state, running on gangster economics.”

Marc Morano, publisher of, agrees:

Goldman Sachs is helping to engineer the next great bubble. And we are talking about subprime science, subprime politics, and subprime economics. Goldman Sachs is at the forefront of the subprime economics of carbon trading.

Although cap and trade has temporarily faded in Washington, D.C., carbon trading still lives in the nation’s capital. Next week, Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) are expected to unveil a new cap-and-trade bill.

The idea of turning a free, colorless, and odorless gas into a product still attracts the money people. Myron Ebell, director of Freedom Action, says:

These Gore investments could potentially make him a billionaire. For a guy who started with just a small fortune he could end up with a very large one.

In describing its own mission, CCFE’s website is reminiscent of last Friday’s SEC fraud charge on mortgage derivatives:

Chicago Climate Futures Exchange® operates the leading U.S. marketplace for environmental derivatives, financial instruments whose underlying values are tradeable environmental assets.

CCFE was launched in 2004 and is part of the Climate Exchange Plc (LSE: CLE.L) group of companies, which comprise the world’s leading exchanges specializing in environmental derivatives. Also owned by Climate Exchange Plc are the European Climate Exchange® (ECX®) and the Chicago Climate Exchange® (CCX®), of which CCFE is a subsidiary. ECX is the dominant exchange by trading volume for carbon derivatives in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

Morano thinks the tarnished Goldman Sachs brand can taint Al Gore and cap-and-trade advocates:

You add to that the underpinnings of the people who backed [cap and trade] and helped create it are tied to Al Gore and Goldman Sachs, and then you have a real crisis in confidence. And then you have more woes for the global warming establishment.

Goldman Sachs is one of the most politically connected investment firms in all of America. In the 2008 political cycle alone, the Goldman Sachs PAC lavished $5.9 million upon candidates for Congress.

Three out of four Goldman Sachs dollars went to Democrats. Nearly $1 million more went to Barack Obama. Goldman Sachs was the second-highest contributor to the Democratic presidential candidate. And in the last three years Goldman Sachs spent a cool $12.3 million to lobby the halls of Congress.

Even Barack Obama, who seems to be needling Goldman in his war against Wall Street, has himself turned to the storied Wall Street firm. Neel Kashkari, who led Goldman’s security investment banking practice, was tapped to run Obama’s TARP government bailout program.

As the presidential attack on Goldman intensifies, will Obama wound some of his closest political allies?


David W. Blood

Gender: Male

David W. Blood lives and/or works in
London, UK.
David W. Blood current relationships:
Acumen Fund - advisory council member
Generation Investment Management - co-founder & senior partner
Hamilton College - trustee
David W. Blood past relationships:
2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign - London fundraiser co-chair
Goldman Sachs Asset Management - CEO

86 posted on 04/30/2010 3:09:21 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: maggief


87 posted on 04/30/2010 3:10:19 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: ridesthemiles
The result of that will be to force people to use more electricity than they were before isn't it? Obviously energy efficiency and environmental consciousness isn't the real motive.
88 posted on 04/30/2010 6:26:44 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: combat_boots

Let’s see...Soros help get a coal mine blown up. Follow it up with a once in a lifetime explosion on an oil well in the Gulf...hmmm, can you accelerate CCX’s activities? They gotta get it done before November you know...

89 posted on 04/30/2010 8:13:21 PM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: combat_boots

Target rich environment.

90 posted on 05/02/2010 9:27:37 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: combat_boots
The investment company institute of Washington
11-16-08 a panel that is charges with changes to the ways market mutual funds operate

John J Brennan- chairman of The Vanguard Group Inc. of Malvern, Pa.
Other members of the working group are James H. Bodurtha, the independent chairman of the BlackRock Funds of BlackRock Inc. of New York, Richard S. Davis, managing director of BlackRock, Mark R. Fetting, president and chief executive of Legg Mason Inc. of Baltimore, Martin L. Flanagan, president and chief executive of Invesco PLC of Atlanta, and George C.W. Gatch, president and chief executive of the JPMorgan Funds, a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co. of New York.
Rounding out the group are John W. McGonigle, vice chairman and chief legal officer of Federated Investors Inc. of Pittsburgh; James A. McNamara, president and chief executive of Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds, a unit of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of New York; Randall W. Merk, executive vice president of Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. of San Francisco and president of Schwab Funds; Paul Schott Stevens, president and chief executive of the ICI; and Michael Wilens, head of asset management at Fidelity Investments of Boston.
All declined to comment on what the board may recommend

5 of these member's companies are in the CCX top 10 Share holders.
1) James H Bodurtha -— BlackRock Funds
2) Richard S Davis-—BlackRock Funds
3) Martin L Flanagan-—Invesco PLC
4) James A McNamara-—Goldman Sachs
5) Michael Wilens===Fidelity

the others so far what I have is
6) John J Brennan-—Governor of the National Association of Securities dealer, governor of United Way,Dartmoutn college and Harvard Business school
7) Mark A Fetting-—Legg Mason Inc, Director of Rolls Royce, Prudential Financial, Partner at Greenwich Assoc, VP T Rowe Price, Wharton school and Harvard business.
8) George C>W> Gatch-—Jp Morgan funds of NY
9) John W McGonigle——Federated Investors Inc of Pittsburg
10) Randall W Merk-—Charles Schwab & Co of San Francisco, President Schwab Funds
11)Paul Schott-—president and cheif executive of the ICI

5 out of the top 6 share holders in CCX chicago climate Exchange

1)Intecontinental Exchange has Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley on their investor list
2)Invesco Asset Management Limited
3)Blackrock Advisors
4)Generation Investment Management LLP
5)Fidelity (Institutional group)

91 posted on 05/07/2010 8:33:58 PM PDT by patriot digger
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To: combat_boots cited this thread
92 posted on 09/09/2011 10:01:12 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: steelyourfaith

Thanks for the heads up.

At least some folks are getting the info. This thing is quite a puzzle and fantastic fraud.

93 posted on 09/10/2011 8:04:23 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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