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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:

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

Posted by FactReal on January 30, 2012

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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GE to Dump Offshore Wind-Power Plans Despite Obama’s Stimulus

Posted by FactReal on September 12, 2011

GatewayPundit reported:
  GE was awarded 44 contracts totaling over $46,000,000 and 44 grants totaling more than $79,000,000 from the Obama-Pelosi $757 billion dollar stimulus package. Millions of dollars in stimulus funds were used by GE in green energy projects.

Today GE announced that it was going to gut its offshore wind-power plans.
Forbes reported:

General Electric, the U.S.-based industrial giant and leading manufacturer of wind-power turbines, is scaling back efforts to expand its presence in the offshore wind power market.

The rationale: there is no meaningful offshore wind market to speak of – at least not yet.

Given slower-than-expected industry growth, the offshore market may not mature as rapidly as many wind boosters once believed.

In 2009, GE moved into the offshore market by acquiring Norway’s ScanWind, a developer of direct-drive turbines, based in the city of Trondheim.

GE is considering laying off about 40 employees in Norway as it scales-back its offshore operations there, according to reports in Recharge. The company has also suspended plans to construct a manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom indefinitely.

G.E. Paid No U.S. Taxes in 2010

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Carlos Gimenez’s PRO-GLOBAL WARMING Votes (2011 Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate)

Posted by FactReal on June 28, 2011

A Fool or a Political Panderer
There is plenty of information demonstrating that man-made global warming is a hoax. The theory of global warming is pushed by leftists to control our lives through more onerous taxes and futile regulations.

Yet Gimenez insisted in furthering this manipulative and failed agenda. He sponsored these resolutions when he was Miami-Dade County Commissioner:
To join the Chicago Climate Exchange to reduce greenhouse gas (PDF), 2/5/2007
To seek grants for ethanol fleet vehicles to encourage demand for alternative fuels (PDF), 2/1/2007
To give tax exemption for solar energy (PDF), 1/2/2007
To create Climate Change Advisory Task Force, 4/13/2006
To support development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, 3/30/2006

Info for the June 28th election in Miami-Dade County:
Carlos Gimenez’s Record
Julio Robaina’s Record
(With links to primary sources)

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Ex-Mayor Julio Robaina’s School Events just like in Cuba (Photos) (Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate)

Posted by FactReal on June 1, 2011

This report from America Times:
Hialeah participated in the International Walk to School Day on October 3, 2007:
Cuba is also participating in the International Walk to School Day
From the International Walk to School – Official Website: http://www.iwalktoschool.org/

Elementary School Camilo Cienfuegos in Puerto Padre, Las Tunas, Cuba

Elementary School in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
These seemingly innocent events are part of a global program from the International Walk to School Day. According to their official website (http://www.iwalktoschool.org/about.htm) one of their tops goals are to “raise concern for the environment.” By now we know that is code word for global warming indoctrination.

America Times explains:

Let’s look beyond their noble smokescreens
Their second goal is to “raise concern for the environment” (in other words: to inculcate our kids with man-made global warming) and to “reduce traffic congestion, pollution” (we know how much environmentalists hate our cars and the freedom they give us). One question remains, what will they do with the criminals, pedophiles, and drug dealers on the streets? Oh, yes, they say that by walking to school, they will “reduce crime.” According to them, these types of events also provide “valuable time with local community leaders” which means a great opportunity for politicians to impress future voters and to slowly take away parental responsibility.
Pushing Global Warming
They recommend these Classroom Activities on their site http://www.walktoschool.org/eventideas/classroom.cfm […] http://www.saferoutestoschools.org/lessonplans.shtml
Environmental Lesson Plans
Family Mouse Behind the Wheel (Grades K-2) is a fable with an environmental message. When the forest creatures vote to develop their home in the name of progress they wind up in gridlock. They learn their lesson though, and abandon their automobiles in favor of preserving their forest home in it’s natural state. Download the pdf.

Greenhouse in a Bottle (Grades 5 and 6) is a hands on science project or can be set up as a demonstration. Students work in teams to simulate the earth’s environment; doing a comparison and contrast of a pre and post-greenhouse atmosphere. After the class sets up the experiment, while waiting for the results, we have an opportunity to discuss how cars and non-renewable energy affects the environment. Download the pdf.

Details here.

Info for the June 28th election in Miami-Dade County:
Carlos Gimenez’s Record
Julio Robaina’s Record
(With links to primary sources)

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Posted by FactReal on May 25, 2011

Environmentalists want us to stop using oil, even though petroleum products make our life easier — to fuel airplanes and cars, to heat our homes, and to make products like medicines and plastics.

Besides fuel oil and gasoline, there are many other products that derive from petroleum: asphalt, paraffin wax, lubricating oils, engine coolant, polyesters, vinyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, acrylic fiber, lubricants, adhesives, corrosion control chemicals, cosmetics, flavorings, fragrances, food additives, inks, printing supplies, packaging, bottles, paint, resins, cleaning agents, pharmaceuticals, etc.

What is the environmentalists’ idea to replace all these petroleum products?

• Liquids used in paints and printing inks
• Oil and greases used to keep car engines and other machines running smoothly
• Waxes used in making candles, packages, matches, polishes, crayons, and candy
• Petroleum jelly used in medical products, skin-care products, and make-up
• Asphalt used for paving roads, and materials for roofing and flooring
• Synthetic rubber used in hoses
• Synthetic fibers used in carpets, clothing, and shoes
• Medicine: aspirin and antihistamines
• Life-saving medical supplies: artificial hearts, heart valve replacements, and pacemakers
• Chemicals: pesticides
• Detergents: laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid

• plastic ties
• row cover
• irrigation piping
• polyethylene
• polypropylene
• bags and packaging
• pesticides and herbicides
• food preservatives
• fertilizers

• antifreeze
• flat tire fix
• street paving (asphalt)
• car battery cases
• coolant
• motor oil
• tires
• loud speakers
• bearing grease
• sports car bodies
• traffic cones
• car enamel
• brake fluid
• dashboards
• windshield wipers
• visors
• car sound insulation
• oil filters
• car seats
• convertible tops
• fan belts
• gasoline

Clothing and Textiles
• ballet tights
• nylon cord
• polyester clothing
• permanent press clothing.
• beads
• bracelets
• pantyhose
• nylon zippers
• plastic hangers
• purses
• thongs and flip flops
• earrings
• ribbons
• fake fur
• windbreakers
• sandals
• garment bags
• shoe laces
• rain coats
• iron-on patches
• sneakers
• sweaters
• sofa pillow material
• tote bags
• umbrellas

Sports and Hobbies
• backpacks
• fishing lures
• air mattresses
• cameras
• beach balls
• fishing poles
• hang gliders
• vinyl cases
• footballs
• glue containers
• puzzles
• darts
• Frisbees
• golf ball and golf bags
• shotgun shells
• ear plugs
• knitting needles
• waterproof clothing
• stadium cushions
• earphones
• yarn
• kites
• tennis racquets
• fabric dye
• decoys
• lifejackets
• nylon strings
• face protectors
• volley balls
• model cars
• plastic water guns
• fishing bobbers
• soccer balls
• oil paints
• parachutes
• fishing cylume
• light sticks
• earphones
• playing cards
• photographs
• monofilament fishing lines
• diving boards
• poker chips
• goggles
• rollerskate/skateboard wheels
• whistles
• guitar strings
• picks
• rafts
• ice chests
• tents
• sleeping bags
• pole vaulting poles
• motorcycle helmets
• skis, water skis
• rubber cement
• plastic flowerpots
• hot tub covers
• sails
• snorkels
• monkey bars
• photo albums
• wet suits
• flippers
• tennis balls
• boats
• insulated boots

Infants and Children
• acrylic toys
• baby oil
• laundry baskets
• waterproof pants
• baby aspirin
• bath soap
• mittens
• pacifiers
• baby blankets
• bibs
• rattles
• doubleknit shirts
• baby bottles
• disposable diapers
• baby shoes
• teething rings
• nipples and binkies
• dolls
• stuffed animals
• baby lotion

Health Care
• allergy medication
• cotton-tipped swabs
• inhalers
• liquid Pepto-Bismol
• aspirin
• first aid cream
• lancets
• pill cases
• band aids
• first aid kits
• latex gloves
• prescription bottles
• burn lotion
• glycerin
• mosquito spray
• rubbing alcohol
• chap stick
• heart valve replacement
• nasal decongestant
• surgical tape
• syringes
• Vaseline
• antiseptics
• hearing aids
• anesthetics
• artificial limbs
• eyeglasses and sunglasses
• antihistamines
• cortisone
• vaporizers
• denture adhesives
• laxatives
• Bactine
• oxygen masks
• stethoscopes
• prescription glasses
• cough syrup
• hearing aids

Kitchen and Household
• vinegar bottles
• egg cartons
• meat trays
• trash bags
• breadboxes
• freezer containers
• melamine dishware
• tumblers
• cake decorations
• jars
• microwave dishes
• utensils
• candles
• freezer bags
• milk jugs
• vacuum bottles
• coasters
• gelatin molds
• nylon spatulas
• wax paper
• coffee pots
• ice cream scoops
• oven bags
• mops
• drinking cups
• ice trays
• plastic containers
• fabric softener
• detergent bottles
• plastic table service
• drain stoppers
• dish drainers
• lunch boxes
• pudding molds
• sponges
• dish scrubbers
• brushes
• baggies
• drinking straws
• Styrofoam
• paper cup dispensers
• measuring cups
• Teflon coated pans
• table cloths
• refrigerator shelves

• cologne
• hair brushes
• lipstick
• permanent wave curlers
• perfume
• hair color
• mascara
• petroleum jelly
• comb
• foam rubber curlers
• shampoo
• contact lenses and cases
• hair spray
• hand lotion
• shaving foam
• hair dryers
• shoe inserts
• dentures
• body lotion
• face masks
• skin cleanser
• deodorants
• moisturizing cream
• soap holders
• disposable razors
• leather conditioner
• mouthwash
• sunglasses
• facial toner
• lens cleanser
• nail polish
• sunscreen
• tooth brushes
• toothpaste tubes
• vitamins
• synthetic wigs
• bubble bath
• soap capsules

• carpet padding
• Naugahyde
• Venetian blinds
• TV cabinets
• extension cords
• picture frames
• flocked wallpaper
• shower doors
• Formica
• refrigerator lining
• vinyl wallpaper
• curtains
• kitchen carpet
• shag carpet
• welcome mats
• fan blades
• lamps
• shower curtain
• patio furniture
• swings
• linoleum
• upholstery
• rugs

Building and Home
• caulking material
• light switch plates
• plungers
• faucet washers
• clotheslines
• measuring tape
• polyurethane stain
• water pipes
• electric saws
• paintbrushes
• propane bottles
• wood floor cleaner/wax
• vinyl electrical tape
• plastic pipe
• shingles (asphalt)
• light panels
• garden hoses
• plastic wood spackling paste
• awnings
• glazing compound
• Plexiglas
• spray paint
• enamel
• epoxy paint
• artificial turf
• folding doors
• floor wax
• glue
• house paint
• paint rollers
• toilet seats
• water pipes
• putty
• solvents
• roofing material
• plywood adhesive
• sockets
• propane

Office Supplies
• ball point pens
• diskettes
• thermometer
• Ink
• computers
• business card holders
• copiers
• waste baskets
• calculators
• printer cartridges
• microfilm
• name tags
• binders
• erasers
• rulers
• scotch tape
• magic markers
• telephones

• ash trays
• dog food dishes
• toolboxes
• CDs and DVDs
• balloons
• dog leashes
• tape recorders
• synthetic rubber
• bubble gum
• dog toys
• flashlights
• nylon ropes
• bungee straps
• flight bags
• disposable lighters
• cassette player
• flea collars
• flutes
• lighter fluid
• cigarette cases
• electric blankets
• tool racks
• name tags
• cigarette filters
• ammonia
• newspaper tubes
• calibrated containers
• insect repellent
• phonograph records (vinyl)
• crayons
• ice buckets
• dyes
• pillows
• credit cards
• flashlights
• fly swatters
• plastic cup holders
• dice
• movie and camera film
• k-resin
• rain bonnets
• luggage
• video cassettes
• charcoal lighter
• rayon
• safety glasses, gloves, hats
• shoe polish
• signs
• cassette tapes
• toys
• watch bands
• waterproof boots
• shopping bags
• bedspreads
• checkbooks
• covers
• tobacco pouches
• clothes hangers
• flea collars
• flavors
• masking tape
• safety flares
• flags
• butane

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