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  • Solar power company banks on loan, but skeptics question government investment in industry

    09/30/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2012 | Dan Springer
    The federal government is making another big bet on solar panel manufacturing with taxpayer money, hoping the third time will be the charm. SoloPower held its grand opening Thursday in Portland, Ore., with speeches from local politicians and a ribbon-cutting. "It really revolutionizes rooftop applications, and it makes solar both easy and cost effective for nearly any commercial and industrial building worldwide," CEO Tim Harris said. SoloPower closed on a guaranteed government loan of $197 million last August, about the time another solar panel manufacturer, Solyndra, filed for bankruptcy. The failure of Solyndra cost U.S. taxpayers more than a half-billion...
  • Taxpayer-Funded EV Company Abandons IPO It Thought Would Save It (Obama/McCaskill EV scam)

    09/24/2012 8:53:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September, 24, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The failing British electric vehicle company that pretended to become an American one in order to save its U.K. investors has scrapped its planned initial public offering that it hoped would save it in Kansas City. Smith Electric Vehicles , recipient of $32 million in taxpayer stimulus, had reportedly fantasized it would raise $76 million (down from $125 million) via an IPO by selling roughly 4 ˝ million shares at $16 to $18 each. CEO Bryan Hansel bowed to reality Thursday night and rescinded those plans. “We received significant interest from potential investors,” he said in a statement. “However, we...
  • Is President Obama waging a 'war on coal'?

    September 24, 2012 Is President Obama waging a 'war on coal'? House votes to ease environmental regulations on industry
  • Siemens Layoffs: Wind energy company to lay off 400 at Fort Madison, Iowa, wind turbine blade plant

    09/20/2012 8:57:02 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 55 replies
    abc news ^ | 18 Sept 2012 | AP story
    Wind energy equipment manufacturer Siemens Energy Inc. will lay off 615 workers in Iowa, Kansas, and Florida in part because Congress has not renewed a tax credit for wind energy, the company said Tuesday. Siemens said the biggest job losses will come in Fort Madison, Iowa, where 407 workers at a wind-turbine blade factory will be out of work. About 220 workers will be retained at the plant to support ongoing operations, spokeswoman Melanie Forbrick said in a statement. About 146 workers are affected in Hutchinson, Kan., leaving 152 still working. In Orlando, Fla., about 62 workers will lose their...
  • Coal: The Rock That Burns

    09/19/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 03.07.12 | Ed Hiserodt
    “Load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… ” — Tennessee Ernie Ford Coal is very low on the scale of subjects for ballads or charming folklore. Like Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect. What does a naughty boy get in his Christmas stocking? A lump of coal. As a career, few brave souls outside Appalachia would have a goal in life of riding a rail car several miles — down several thousand feet below the surface — to attack the “face” of a coal seam. The thought terrifies me —...
  • THE WAR ON COAL

    09/18/2012 1:07:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/18/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    Coal miners listen to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Beallsville, Ohio. Allen Black is a casualty in the Obama administration’s war on coal.He worked in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky for two decades earning upwards of $70,000 a year and was financially secure enough to help support his son’s pre-medical studies at a private university.After losing his job on April 29, Black had no choice but to clear out his retirement savings to supplement his only income of $350 a week in unemployment and is now struggling to take care of his family at home, in addition to...
  • There goes the biofuels $21 billion dollar industry: Reality bites in EU draft

    09/13/2012 8:45:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    JoNova ^ | September 12th, 2012
    From Charlie Dunmore, Reuters: E xclusive: EU to limit use of crop-based biofuels – draft lawAnother green goodwill project (that just happens to be worth billions) is facing the bad news that the bureaucrats are fingering the axe. A leaked EU proposal to cut public subsidies to biofuels is quite a u-turn. Only three years ago the EU raved about biofuels. The plans also include a promise to end all public subsidies for crop-based biofuels after the current legislation expires in 2020, effectively ensuring the decline of a European sector now estimated to be worth 17 billion euros ($21.7 billion) a...
  • List of Failed Obama Green Energy & Solar Companies in the Billions (useful info)

    09/13/2012 8:33:39 AM PDT · by bronxville · 12 replies
    Divided States ^ | 09-11-2012 | Staff
    [...] List Of Failed Green Energy Jobs & Companies... 7/19/12: The Amonix Solar: FAIL – manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, subsidized by more than $20 million in federal tax credits and grants given by Obama Administration, has closed its 214,000 square foot facility a year after it opened. Solar Trust of America: FAIL - Filed Bankruptcy in Oakland, CA, April 3, 2012 – On April 2, 2012 Bright Source: FAIL - Bright Source warned Obama’s Energy Department officials in March 2011 that delays in approving a $1.6 billion U.S. loan guarantee would embarrass the White House and force the...
  • ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE OBAMA PLAN TO DEVELOP SOLAR ENERGY

    09/13/2012 2:25:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/13/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration has identified 285,000 acres of western public lands on which to create solar zones and develop the alternative energy source, but the plan faces opposition from environmentalists who say it will harm the planet. The blueprint for the solar energy zones calls for 17 large-scale projects that it predicts would create 5,900 megawatts of energy to provide electricity to nearly two million homes. “Developing America’s solar energy resource is an important part of President (Barack) Obama’s commitment to expanding American-made energy, increasing energy security and creating jobs,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement announcing...
  • GM Admits There's No Market for Chevy Volt (Dealer tax credit, lease scam)

    09/13/2012 10:28:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 13, 2012 | Mark Modica
    A Reuters' article earlier this week created quite a buzz when it suggested that General Motors was losing $49,000 on every Chevy Volt sold. While many continue to debate just how much money GM loses on the politically-motivated car, a more important story on the Volt was reported by Automotive.com last week which explained the increase in August sales numbers for the vehicle. The piece exposes how GM (along with taxpayers) is heavily subsidizing leases and even gets an embarrassing admission from GM on the struggling Volt that, "The whole idea is we're creating a market." And this blockbuster,...
  • Another U.S. Solar Manufacturer Shuts Down

    09/12/2012 8:21:26 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/12/2012 | Todd Woody
    After raising more than $100 million over the past seven years, GreenVolts, a California startup that makes concentrating photovoltaic systems, has closed its doors after a major investor abruptly withdrew financial support for the company. “A sudden, and unexpected, change in direction from a major strategic investor has affected GreenVolts’ access to funding,” the company said Wednesday in a statement, referring to ABB, the Swiss power and automation giant. “The impact was at the last minute and so severe that GreenVolts cannot continue normal operation and has reduced its workforce to a small team to provide customer support and engage...
  • Dem lawmaker (Cummings) slams Issa for sending US Marshals to serve subpoenas (green energy loans)

    Dem lawmaker slams Issa for sending US Marshals to serve subpoenasBy Ben Geman - 09/11/12 10:08 AM ET Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) says House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is conducting his probe of federal green energy project loans with bullying tactics and November’s elections in mind. Cummings, the panel’s top Democrat, sent Issa a letter Monday slamming a dozen subpoenas issued last week to current and former Energy Department employees and contractors, which included use of armed U.S. Marshals to serve subpoenas at the Energy Department (DOE). The Maryland Democrat called it “intimidation,” and said...
  • Chinese Solar Company Learns Cronyism with Harry Reid

    09/10/2012 12:04:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 10, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A solar company project that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid successfully lured to Clark County, Nev. – where his son Rory was a former commissioner and now lobbies on behalf of the Chinese company that owns it – now wants the dominant utility in the state to buy its electricity. said in a July 30 online conference that ENN “would start tomorrow if NV Energy would purchase the power,” according to a Reuters report. Adding that the utility controls 95 percent of all of the electricity that is produced in Nevada, Reid also said, “they should go along with this.”...
  • Obama’s Failed Stimulus Funded ‘Green Jobs’ Initiative Ads on MSNBC....

    08/31/2012 6:43:27 PM PDT · by bronxville · 9 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 08 | Ryan Robertson
    Full Headline: Obama’s Failed Stimulus Funded ‘Green Jobs’ Initiative Ads on MSNBC: Labor Department Unrepentant [...] According to a Washington Times report by Jim McElhatton, the U.S. Department of Labor allegedly paid a public relations company at least half a million dollars of their allotted stimulus money to produce over 100 commercials that publicized a new “green jobs” initiative back in 2009. Coincidentally, the advertisements could only be seen on MSNBC during The Rachel Maddow Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann, which has since been canceled of course. A House panel led by Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Phil Roe...
  • Obama order targets industrialefficiency, emissions

    08/31/2012 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/12 | Valerie Volcovici
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year. The order is the administration's latest effort to deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and "green" energy legislation on Capitol Hill. The measure aims to accelerate investments to help manufacturers expand their use of combined heat and power (CHP) facilities,
  • The Green War on the Poor - The Democratic party used to care about poor and working people.

    08/30/2012 10:06:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 30, 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    In a nearly full-page op-ed appearing in the business section of the August 25 New York Times, Cornell professor Robert H. Frank lays out the new green agenda for tax policy.According to Professor Frank, stopping global warming may require carbon taxes of about $300 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, and by implementing such taxes, we can also balance the federal budget. “If such a tax were phased in,” Frank says, “the prices of goods would rise gradually in proportion to the amount of carbon dioxide their production or use entailed. The price of gasoline, for example, would slowly...
  • 25 by 2025 'Green Energy' Studies Ignore Costs

    08/29/2012 9:50:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/25/2012 | Michael LaFaive
    Mackinac Center analysts have long been critical of the way consultants — and frequently their clients — misuse economic modeling software. We were reminded why with the recent publication of two papers purporting to show large job creation, if only state voters would approve a renewable energy mandate on the statewide November ballot. The initiative, commonly known as the Michigan Renewable Energy Amendment, would mandate that 25 percent of Michigan's energy usage be provided by renewable sources by the year 2025. There is at least one major problem with each study, however: costs. The study authors' did not include the...
  • Obama finalizes auto mileage mandate

    08/28/2012 10:54:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2012 | Ben Geman & Keith Laing
    The Obama administration issued final rules Tuesday that require a major boost in vehicle mileage standards, highlighting a clash with Mitt Romney as the GOP convention gets under way. 

The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced joint mileage and carbon emissions rules for model years 2017 through 2025 that will eventually force automakers to meet a standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon.

 Administration officials have made the rules a cornerstone of their energy agenda, noting that alongside earlier 2012-2016 rules, the mandate will eventually save consumers an estimated $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and save 12 billion barrels...
  • Some California Residents Can Save $13,000 on the Purchase of an EV

    08/27/2012 11:53:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    dailytech.com ^ | - August 24, 2012 9:14 AM | Shane McGlaun (Blog)
    Some residents qualify for a local rebate of $3,000 The state pushing the hardest to transition drivers from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles and hybrids is California. Part of the state’s push to get people to adopt electric vehicles has come by way of tax credits and rebates (which are in addition to rebates available at the federal level).   All of those rebates can be combined making for a significant discount off the purchase price of an electric vehicle. The state of California offers a $2,500 rebate on the purchase of an electric car. The federal tax credit for...
  • NASDAQ Delisting Threat Jeopardizes Chinese Rescue of A123 Systems

    08/23/2012 11:01:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 23, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Two weeks ago the mainstream and clean tech advocacy media proclaimed that taxpayer-subsidized, failing electric vehicle battery maker A123 Systems would be saved by a deal with a Chinese company. Since then the Massachusetts-based manufacturer’s stock price sank below what had been its previous low of 44 cents. This morning it is down to 38 cents, and yesterday the company received a delisting notice from the NASDAQ. So what happened? There could be several reasons why the recipient of hundreds of millions of U.S. stimulus dollars hasn’t impressed Wall Street with its pending bailout from Wanxiang Group. The deal is...
  • AP Exclusive: Energy loan watchdog an Obama donor

    08/23/2012 12:03:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 23, 2012 | STEPHEN BRAUN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A veteran Wall Street executive who performed an independent review that exonerated the Obama administration's program of loans to energy companies contributed $52,500 to re-elect President Barack Obama in the months since completing his work, according to an Associated Press review of campaign records. The executive defended the integrity of his conclusions and said he decided to donate to Obama after his work was finished.
  • Environmental Group Exaggerates Number of Jobs 'Green' Energy Mandate Would Create

    08/17/2012 8:38:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/17/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Environmental Council exaggerated in a press release the number of jobs that would be created by the renewable energy ballot proposal when it erroneously cited how a Michigan State University report calculated jobs. The Michigan Environmental Council’s press release said that the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs renewable energy ballot proposal would create 74,495 jobs. However, the report never said it would create 74,495 jobs, but instead said it would create that many "job years." It's an important distinction in economic analysis that the MSU report acknowledges. For example, a person hired by a green company who worked for...
  • 54.5 MPG and The Law of Unintended Consequences

    08/08/2012 5:37:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2012 | Harry Jackson, Jr
    Legislators and regulators need to observe a fundamental Golden Rule: Do not implement new laws if you have not considered or cannot control important unintended consequences. A perfect example is the Obama Administration’s plan to increase new car mileage standards, from the currently legislated requirement of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 to 54.5 mpg by 2025, as an average across each automaker’s complete line of cars and light trucks. Carmakers reluctantly agreed to the new requirements, to avoid even more onerous standards, or different standards in different states. But the deal does nothing to alter the harsh realities...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s fuel follies

    08/15/2012 6:43:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 15, 2012 | Editorial
    ‘We can’t wait’ for cheaper gas, Mr. PresidentDon’t look now, but gas prices are beginning to bite hard again. That’s bad news for President Obama, who, until now, might have thought he had gotten lucky when prices dropped earlier in this critical election year. As the energy issue makes the campaign trail bumpier, Mr. Obama has no one to blame but himself. The average price of a gallon of gas at the pump has jumped to $3.70, more than 30 cents higher than just six weeks ago. This means the cost has climbed more than halfway back to its high...
  • Ex-Evergreen Solar CEO’s manse worth more than factory (Another failed green business in MA)

    08/13/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT · by pietraynor · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/13/2012 | Ira Kantor
    Former Evergreen Solar CEO Richard Feldt’s five-bedroom, two-plus acre Hingham pad is on the market for $9.9 million, nearly $1.4 million more than what the company’s Devens factory sold for earlier this year. The Bare Cove Lane property also boasts four bathrooms, a pool, stone terrace and 200 feet of frontage on Hingham Harbor, according to a real estate listing. “The natural light is incredible. The views are spectacular. The finishes and millwork are masterful,” the listing says. “Rarely does a home of this caliber become available for sale.” Feldt, who left Evergreen Solar in 2010 to become CEO of...
  • As Another Fisker Karma Spontaneously Combusts, "Green" Dreams Go Up In Smoke (Taxpayer Funded Car)

    08/13/2012 9:22:54 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 8/12/2012 | Tyler Durden
    Several months ago it seemed that not a day could pass without someone, somewhere making fun of GM's biggest post-bankruptcy flaming failure to date: the Chevy Volt (gross and net of channel stuffing). Of course, since it was all in the name of ecological progress and carbon footprint reduction, most media observers let it go as merely one of the peculiar hurdles on the way to an utopian future in which America would no longer rely on crude imports from evil petroleum cartels. The time has come to redirect ridicule to that other $102,00+ MSRP object of electric aspiration, and...
  • Dept. Of Energy Official Can't Answer Why Abound Solar Got Loan Despite Warnings

    07/18/2012 9:46:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/18/12 | goprapidresponse
    Department of Energy Official before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee can't answer Rep. Jordan's questions on why Abound Solar got loan despite warnings before hand (July 18, 2012)
  • Carbon tax price hike jolts Anglican Church Grammar School electricity bills

    08/12/2012 1:52:51 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 13 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michael Madigan
    THE carbon tax has begun hitting Queensland small businesses, including a Brisbane private school which faces a $70,000-a-year hike in its electricity bill. Six weeks into the carbon tax regime, price hikes are starting to hit hip pockets as power bills drop into letterboxes. Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry president David Goodwin said the "weird distortions" were becoming apparent. "We are finding that ordinary supermarkets like the local IGA may be up for up to $15,000 on the carbon tax alone if they have to re-gas their giant refrigeration system," Mr Goodwin said. "Somehow these guys are going to...
  • Yes, More Solyndras for Clean Energy (Vacation on Planet Gore Alert)

    08/10/2012 12:10:53 PM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    Time ^ | 8/9/2012 | Michael "Embrace the Failure" Grunwald
    The Solyndra “scandal” is trotted out every few months as part of the big-vs.-small-government debate in this country, but it is not and never was a scandal. The federal clean-energy loan program that the infamous solar-panel maker was a part of was designed to finance risky ventures, and Solyndra was a reasonable risk: an innovative manufacturer with huge private backing and an opportunity to transform the industry. But the industry transformed itself first. Silicon prices plunged, Solyndra’s advantages vanished, and the firm went bust. It happens. The Bush and Obama Administrations both selected Solyndra from 143 applicants for the program’s...
  • Refining Disaster (Saturbray)

    08/11/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT · by bray · 2 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 8/11/12 | bray
    “I sent you to reap what you have not WORKED for. Others have done what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard WORK, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”… John 4:38 Once again we are about to see gas prices rise thanks to the American hating political class who want a more Marxist Progressive agenda enslaving Americans to artificially inflated energy prices. If you look at every problem in America you will find a Democrat policy or series of regulations behind it. We have now had a fire in a refinery in California which...
  • The American Working Class Can't Afford "Green Energy"

    08/10/2012 8:34:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | August 10, 2012 | Kevin C. Caffrey
    President Obama is on his way to killing the coal industry in the United States. Before Barack Obama became President he was quoted, stating that he would, "bankrupt the coal industry." The United Mining Association states that 50% of electricity used in the United States comes from coal. To put that into perspective according to UMA each person in the United States consumes 3.4 tons of coal in a year. The United Mining Association states that the demand for coal in 2010 was 1.05 billion tons, and ninety percent of that coal was used in the United States. The United...
  • Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas

    08/09/2012 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08 August 2012 | Elisabeth Rosenthal, Andrew W. Lehrern
    RANJIT NAGAR, India — When the United Nations wanted to help slow climate change, it established what seemed a sensible system. Greenhouse gases were rated based on their power to warm the atmosphere. The more dangerous the gas, the more that manufacturers in developing nations would be compensated as they reduced their emissions. But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits...
  • Do Greens Have A None-Of-The-Above Energy Policy? (Green Hypocrites)

    08/09/2012 8:54:15 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | aug 8, 2012 | JOHN MERLINE,
    Two environmental groups in April filed suit to block an energy project they said would seriously harm the local ecosystem. It wasn't a coal plant, or an oil refinery, or a nuclear reactor. It was a wind farm — the very sort of "clean" energy environmentalists champion as an alternative to dirty traditional supplies. But the Portland Audubon Society and Oregon Natural Desert Association say a wind farm on Oregon's Steens Mountain, along with needed access roads and transmission lines, would threaten eagles, sage grouse and bighorn sheep and call it the "antithesis" of "responsible renewable energy development." Also in...
  • Next from the EPA: Four-Gallon- minimum Gas Purchases

    08/09/2012 4:08:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 86 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8//9/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The Environmental Protection Agency is going to require all consumers to buy at least four gallons of gasoline from certain gas pumps after the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend is introduced into the market. The new regulation was revealed in an Aug. 1 letter to the American Motorcyclist Association, which expressed concern that the vast majority of motorcycles and ATVs in use today aren’t designed to operate on E15 fuel and residual fuel from a pump that serves multiple blends might harm these tanks. “The use of E15 will lower fuel efficiency and possibly cause premature engine failure,”
  • E-mails about clean-energy loans provide new details on White House involvement

    08/09/2012 7:08:41 AM PDT · by TigerClaws
    President Obama’s staff arranged for him to be personally briefed last summer on a loan program to help clean-energy companies, two months before the program was thrust into headlines by the collapse of its flagship, the solar com pany Solyndra, records show. About the same time, then-White House Chief of Staff William Daley resolved a dispute among administration officials over another project in the program, clearing the way for a $1.4 billion loan, according to documents and sources familiar with the situatio
  • $1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in NV

    08/07/2012 3:21:58 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 5 replies
    Nevada Journal ^ | August 7, 2012 | Kyle Gillis
    LAS VEGAS — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to host his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 7, a Nevada Journal examination of Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job. Despite this, Sen. Reid continues to hype Nevada as the “Saudi Arabia of renewable energy,” even though the renewable energy subsidized with federal dollars and mandated under Nevada’s Renewable...
  • $1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, ......

    08/07/2012 2:47:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Nevada Journal ^ | Monday, August 6, 2012 | Kyle Gillis
    Full Title:**********************$1.3 billion in ‘clean energy’ subsidies produce 288 permanent jobs, quadruple cost of electricity in Nevada Reid-sponsored National Clean Energy Summit pushes more subsidies as key to Nevada’s futureLAS VEGAS — As U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prepares to host his fifth annual National Clean Energy Summit on Aug. 7, a Nevada Journal examination of Nevada’s renewable energy sector shows that over $1.3 billion in federal funds funneled into geothermal, solar and wind projects since 2009 has yielded and is projected to yield just 288 permanent, full-time jobs. That’s an initial cost of over $4.6 million per job.Despite...
  • Clean Energy Summit Sparks Political Events, Debate Over Government Role In Renewables

    08/07/2012 2:38:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Lahontan Valley News ^ | Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid's 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit set to kick off today in Las Vegas, the debate over alternative energy development and the government's role in its future rages on. The purpose of the day-long event as described on the website is to, “once again bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives and entrepreneurs, investors, students, and the media to discuss how to empower the public with tools to promote the clean energy economy; increasing jobs and our energy independence.” But the role of the federal government in the...
  • EDITORIAL: The Solyndra standard

    08/06/2012 5:21:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2012 | Editorial
    Obama doubles-down on green firms that go belly-upPower means never having to say you’re sorry. Despite contrary evidence, the Obama administration is sticking to its story that the decision to loan $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was the right thing to do. To err is human, but when error squanders hard-earned taxpayer money and is compounded by insolent denial, it’s a signal that similar mistakes are inevitable. On Aug. 2, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the results of its investigation into the Solyndra debacle, detailing White House backing for the project despite clear evidence that the company...
  • Coal Comfort - The EPA hates the carbon-heavy fuel, but it’s here to stay.

    08/06/2012 2:35:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2012 | Robert Bryce
    About one train per hour. ThatÂ’s the target loading rate for the massive silos, conveyors, and hoppers at the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in Wyoming, the most productive coal mine in the world. And on a cool, nearly windless day in late March, Scott Durgin, a regional vice president for Peabody Energy, was happy. Standing in the mineÂ’s dispatch office, Durgin pointed to a flat-panel display showing a list of trains that had recently passed through. It was exactly 12 noon, according to the clock on the wall, and since midnight, the mine had loaded 11 trains, each carrying...
  • The Pixie Dust Energy Source

    08/04/2012 5:37:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | John Ransom
    Solar is the power of the future and the power of the past. What solar isn’t, is the power of the present. That’s because using solar power to generate electricity is expensive. Still. And that’s not going to change anytime soon, no matter how many political fundraisers are held by solar advocates. According to Bloomberg, recent price decreases in solar equipment have driven costs from about 25 cents per kwh to 17 cents per kwh for photovoltaic (PV) powered solar energy, the least expensive form of solar power deployable at scale. But that’s a far cry from the average retail...
  • Record number of coal-fired generators to be shut down in 2012

    07/29/2012 7:15:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 28, 2012 | Michael Bastasch
    Facing declining demand for electricity and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). A record-high 57 generators will shut down in 2012, representing 9 gigawatts of electrical capacity, according to EIA. In 2015, nearly 10 gigawatts of capacity from 61 coal-fired generators will be retired. While many of those coal plants are old and relatively inefficient, the scope of this new planned shutdown is unprecedented. “The coal-fired capacity expected to be...
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy? “Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands” Edition

    07/29/2012 2:30:49 AM PDT · by Rocky · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 26, 2012 | David Middleton
    The agency has already approved 17 large-scale solar energy projects on public lands that are expected to produce nearly 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1.8 million homes. The department estimated the resource potential of the newly identified development zones at 23,700 megawatts, enough to power seven million homes, by 2030. Wow! 23,700 megawatts! That’s a lot of megawatts! Right? No. It’s not… If all 285,000 acres were covered with solar PV arrays, the “Hot Spots” could have a generating capacity of about 40,000 MW at a cost of about $252 billion.If the same 285,000 acres were covered...
  • Obama gave tax money to campaign donors, then falsely claimed it was for "green energy"

    07/28/2012 9:46:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Number 25 on a very long list of Obama's misdeeds: The Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company’s shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, and that the company had also spent a large sum of money on lobbying. In April 2012, CBS News reported that Solyndra had left a substantial amount of toxic waste at its abandoned facility in Milpitas, California. After Obama gave Raser Technologies $33 million to...
  • Nissan Leaf Range Loss Issues Persist In Arizona

    07/28/2012 3:46:42 PM PDT · by BobL · 82 replies
    Hybrid Cars (website) ^ | July 23, 2012 | Jeff Cobb
    Home / Nissan Leaf Range Loss Issues Persist In Arizona Published July 23, 2012 By Jeff Cobb 2012_nissan_leaf_06 Owners of the Nissan Leaf in Arizona have been chronicling complaints with Nissan whose representatives were initially said to be explaining away substantial range degradation, but now it appears Nissan is responding further to the heat. And perhaps that is appropriate as the heat of Arizona was what presumably created issues that have prompted a thread now 169 pages long on the MyNissanLEAF.com forum. As you can see in the video report, some owners have reported unacceptably significant degrees of range loss...
  • Union Boss Says Green Jobs Are Bull**** [Project Veritas]

    07/28/2012 6:36:53 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 12 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | July 28, 2012 | Staff
    Another undercover operation by Project Veritas, which is led by investigative video specialist James O'Keefe, has revealed what labor unions truly believe about the billions of dollars that go toward the alleged "greening" of our energy usage.They're "bull****" http://www.theprojectveritas.org/node/138Those were the words that came out of the mouth of John Hutchings, a legislator for New York's Broome County, who is also a construction market representative for the Laborers International Union for upstate New York. He is also an executive officer of the Central New York Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, according to his bio....Project Veritas actors, who portrayed leaders of a make-believe...
  • Green Energy Mandate Supporter Claims Individuals 'Do Not Have Rights to Quiet'

    07/27/2012 8:06:24 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    People who move to the country don't have a right to a quiet environment, according to the head of one of Michigan's major renewable energy advocacy groups. John Sarver, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, made the statement in an email to colleagues in February 2011. It was one of numerous emails obtained through a Freedom Of Information Act request pertaining to wind turbine noise level issues in Michigan. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association supports the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs proposal, also called the 25/25 proposal. If passed, the proposal would require 25 percent of Michigan's...
  • Reid Announces Nearly $15 Million For RTC Of Southern Nevada

    07/26/2012 6:08:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | July 26, 2012 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Funds Will Allow RTC To Purchase 24 New Compressed Natural Gas Buses July 26, 2012 Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced $14,750,000 in grants for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada. The first two grants are for $8,000,000 dollars and $5,000,000 respectively, and they will go to purchase 24 new CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses which demonstrate a positive environmental impact on air quality, and will replace vehicles that significantly exceeded their useful life. The second grant for $1,750,000 will help fund critical maintenance projects at the RTC's 36-acre Integrated Bus Maintenance Facility (IBMF), one of two...
  • Surprise: Subsidized “green” energy source, isn’t actually all that green

    07/25/2012 8:05:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Yes, I know what you're thinking --- headlines of this nature really aren't revelations at all anymore; in fact, they're getting kind of old and tired, at least by my count. But as long as environmentalists continue to use their political clout to prematurely force their quixotic renewable endeavors upon the masses, at the masses’ expense and for the masses' "own good," fear not, for I shall continue to post about it.According to a report by the WSJ, electricity plants that burn biomass as their energy source (organic materials that qualify as biomass can range from wood chips to animal...
  • Air Force spends $59 per gallon on biofuel

    07/24/2012 6:46:10 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 21 replies
    rt.com ^ | 16 June, 2012
    Air Force spends $59 per gallon on biofuel 12 June 2012 If you were mad about $4 per gallon of gas, think about this: the Air Force is spending $59 per gallon on "green biofuel" that supposedly has to compete with traditional petroleum jet fuel. ­The U.S. Navy’s Great Green Fleet demonstration taking place this week, using biofuels at an alarming $26 per gallon, will flaunt the Pentagon’s wasteful spending and is already angering some U.S. lawmakers. But a lesser-known Air Force demonstration cost the government more than twice as much for biofuels. Purchasing 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from...