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LIST: Obama’s Failed Green-Energy Companies

Posted by FactReal on October 22, 2012

Heritage has compiled a great list of Obama’s Taxpayer-Funded Green Energy Failures:

“The government’s picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial. [...]

[So far, 34] companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.

List of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies
We sorted the list in order of dollars offered by the Obama administration:

OFFERED COMPANY Heritage #
$1.6 billion Brightsource 17
$1.46 billion First Solar 7
$1.2 billion SunPower 6
$535 million Solyndra * 3
$529 million Fisker Automotive 11
$400 million Abound Solar * 12
$299 million Johnson Controls 15
$279 million A123 Systems * 13
$178 million Babcock and Brown 8
$151 million LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power 29
$126.2 million ECOtality 18
$118.5 million EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 * 9
$100 million Mascoma Corp. 34
$98.5 million Nevada Geothermal 5
$86 million Schneider Electric 16
$80 million Range Fuels * 23
$50 million Vestas 28
$43 million Beacon Power * 4
$39 million Navistar 31
$33 million Raser Technologies* 19
$25 million Evergreen Solar * 1
$20 million Konarka Technologies Inc. * 33
$16 million Nordic Windpower * 30
$13.3 million Energy Conversion Devices * 20
$10 million Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s  Mills Acquisition Company * 22
$7 million Stirling Energy Systems * 25
$6.5 million Thompson River Power * 24
$5.9 million Amonix 10
$5.4 million Azure Dynamics * 26
$3 million Satcon * 32
$2 million Mountain Plaza, Inc. * 21
$700,981 Willard and Kelsey Solar Group * 14
$500,000 GreenVolts 27
$500,000 SpectraWatt * 2
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
Heritage also links to news reports for each company.

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LIST: 10 Obama Regulations Killing our Energy Economy

Posted by FactReal on October 2, 2012

OBAMA’S BIG GOVERNMENT & EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS
ARE KILLING OUR ECONOMY
The Foundry has compiled 10 of the “most troubling energy and environmental regulations implemented or proposed by the Obama Administration.”

Here is a summary: (Detailed list here)

1. Slowing energy production on federal lands as a result of a molasses-like permitting and moratoriums.

2. Failing to open America’s federal lands and waters to exploration and development.

3. Delaying a decision on Keystone XL pipeline which would bring up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the U.S.

4. Tripling down on energy subsidies which merely concentrate power in Washington, shift labor and capital away from economically viable projects, and perpetuate mediocrity.

5. Stifling all energy projects in red tape and endless lawsuits from environmental activists.

6. Shutting down coal which could provide electricity for 500 years.

7. Giving extreme and unprecedented power to the EPA.

8. Threatening hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) with unnecessary regulations even though fracking has been successfully used in over 1 million wells in the U.S. for more than 60 years.

9. Shutting down Yucca Mountain despite data indicating that Yucca would be a safe place to store America’s used nuclear fuel. Absent any nuclear waste disposal options, the U.S. simply will not significantly expand nuclear energy.

10. Attacking consumer choice with mandates for new automobile efficiency standards.

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Scientists to Candidates: Ignore the Global Warming Alarmists…Plants Do Much Better with More CO2

Posted by FactReal on January 30, 2012

GREEN ENVIRO-ALARMISTS LOVE THEIR GREEN DOLLARS
Via The Wall Street Journal:
Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.

[...]

Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now…The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.

The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere’s life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today. Better plant varieties, chemical fertilizers and agricultural management contributed to the great increase in agricultural yields of the past century, but part of the increase almost certainly came from additional CO2 in the atmosphere.

Although the number of publicly dissenting scientists is growing, many young scientists furtively say that while they also have serious doubts about the global-warming message, they are afraid to speak up for fear of not being promoted—or worse

Why is there so much passion about global warming[?]…Alarmism over climate is of great benefit to many, providing government funding for academic research and a reason for government bureaucracies to grow. Alarmism also offers an excuse for governments to raise taxes, taxpayer-funded subsidies for businesses that understand how to work the political system, and a lure for big donations to charitable foundations promising to save the planet…

Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any candidate for public office: There is no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to “decarbonize” the world’s economy. Even if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC, aggressive greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically. [...]

Scientists signing the article:
- Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris;
– Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting;
– Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University;
– Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society;
– Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences;
– William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton;
– Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.;
– William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology;
– Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT;
– James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University;
– Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences;
– Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne;
– Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator;
– Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem;
– Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service;
– Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.

Read entire article here.

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Obama Killing Real Jobs for Green Utopia

Posted by FactReal on January 25, 2012

As Heritage indicates, Obama has been very busy “blocking energy-related jobs from reliable and affordable energy sources while handing taxpayer money to producers of unreliable and costly alternative energy whose “green jobs” are a fallacy.”

Here are just some examples of Obama’s destructive decisions:

Obama rejected the permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline:
The project would create thousands of jobs, secure energy supply, and lower energy prices:
Building the pipeline would bring over 700,000 barrels of oil per day and directly create 20,000 truly shovel-ready jobs. The Canadian Energy Research Institute estimates that current pipeline operations and the addition of the Keystone XL pipeline would create 179,000 American jobs by 2035.

Obama is delaying drilling in the Gulf by approving only 35% of the plans instead of the historical average 73.4%:

the Obama administration is approving just 35 percent of the oil drilling plans for the Gulf of Mexico so far this year. It is also taking an average of 115 days — nearly four months — to secure approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Those numbers are a sharp drop from previous years, well below the historical average 73.4 percent approval rate and 61 days it takes to approve plans.

Obama is delaying a mineral lease sale in Ohio for oil and gas drilling:

In mid-November, the Obama Administration delayed a mineral lease sale in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest for oil and gas drilling. Apart for providing Americans access to affordable energy, the project could have had a tremendous impact in the state, including the creation of an estimated 200,000 jobs, an overall wage and personal-income boost of $12 billion by 2015, and a billion-dollar boon to Ohio landowners, schools, businesses, and communities.

Obama gave a $535 million taxpayer-funded loan guarantee to Solyndra, the solar power company that went bankrupt last summer, leaving about 1,100 people out of work.

Obama’s other Solyndras: 12 clean energy companies are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance.

Obama pushed for oil drilling in Brazil.

Obama spent $1.6 Billion on Chinese wind turbines & $2 Billion on Brazilian oil.

Under Obama, oil and gas production on federal lands is down 40%.

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