Diary

Is It About Windmills Or Windfalls?

Promoted from the diaries by Skanderbeg.  Do be sure to read down to the tabulation of the incipient green oligopoly that’s trying to coalesce around all this “AGW” nonsense….

After the “global warming” terminology morphed into “climate change”, the EPA dedicated a large section of their website to the issue. With EPA now able to provide the comprehensive information, the challenge to curtail “climate change” is now up to the Obama Administration.

The Obama-machine has determined they must aggressively push for renewable energy alternatives using a punitive strategy known as Cap And Trade as part of their solution/agenda. Cap and Trade will fiscally punish users of carbon-based energy while rewarding owners/investors of carbon-based energy, believing that this financial strategy will force environmental changes to help heal the planet. No doubt, this was the change Obama was talking about in his campaign.

The “climate change” environmental agenda was in-play years ago, but this agenda was not nearly as aggressive as it is now. Along with the other act-fast agenda items pushed through the White House, the Cap and Trade legislation is under current review. Just last Friday, Rep. Steve Scalise R-Louisiana questioned Al Gore on Cap And Trade during a discussion on the Energy and Climate Change Policy.

Rep. Scalise is charging that Enron’s CEO, Ken Lay, devised a Cap and Trade Scheme in the 1990s. Rep. Scalise further stated that Al Gore, as the Vice President under Clinton, was involved in discussions with Ken Lay while he was in the White House. Al Gore strongly reacted to this accusation and he denied this. Poor Al….It’s such an inconvenience, that Enron….And there in the midst of the Enron-Al Gore connection lies General Electric. I mean GE (Enron) Wind.

Al Gore just keeps bobbing up to the surface like a dead fish on the Potomac. Yeah, that Al Gore. The same Al Gore who declared that he invented the Internet. The same Al Gore who wrote this NYT Op/Ed “The Selling of an Energy Policy”.

In that Op/Ed, Al Gore chastized the Bush administration saying:

Instead of leading, it has attempted to mislead. Instead of sharing a vision with the people, the administration has given access to special interests.

Interesting that Al Gore should mention an administration misleading people. VERY interesting that Al Gore would declare that an administration would give access to special interests.

Under the Obama administration, there are so many connected special interest groups and businesses that I need a spreadsheet to keep track of the connections with one another. One thing that’s easy to track is the connection to Obama.

So now, in the Obama administration, Al Gore is pounding hard. Like he’s got some type of special interest or something. Al Gore, Founder and Chairman of Alliance for Climate Protection, and Partner at Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers really does keep surfacing like that dead fish on the Potomac. And he’s just one in the Obama Environment Connection who is consulting/advising on our Nation’s energy policy.

Between Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, the Pew Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council, and the U.S. Climate Action Partnership which testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, you might wonder why the same names keep surfacing, setting energy policy.

Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE
John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
Jim Owens, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.
William H. Donaldson, Chairman, SEC
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA-CREF
Richard L. Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
Robert Wolf, Chairman & CEO, UBS Group Americas
David F. Swensen, CIO, Yale University
Mark T. Gallogly, Founder & Managing Partner, Centerbridge Partners L.P.
Penny Pritzker, Chairman & Founder, Pritzker Realty Group
Monica C. Lozano, Publisher & Chief Executive Officer, La Opinion
Charles E. Phillips, Jr., President, Oracle Corporation
Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU
Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Dean, Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley
Martin Feldstein, George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Pew Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council:
ABB
Air Products
Alcoa Inc.
American Electric Power
Bank of America
BASF
Baxter International Inc.
The Boeing Company
BP
California Portland Cement
CH2M HILL
Citi
Cummins Inc.
Deere & Company
Deutsche Telekom
The Dow Chemical Company
DTE Energy
Duke Energy
DuPont
Entergy
Exelon
GE
Hewlett-Packard Company
Holcim (US) Inc.
IBM
Intel
Interface Inc.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Lockheed Martin
Marsh, Inc
Novartis
Ontario Power Generation
PG&E Corporation
PNM Resources
Rio Tinto
Rohm and Haas
Royal Dutch/Shell
SC Johnson
Toyota
TransAlta
United Technologies
Weyerhaeuser
Whirlpool Corporation
Wisconsin Energy Corporation

U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) is a group of businesses and leading environmental organizations that have come together to call on the federal government to quickly enact strong national legislation to require significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Members include:

Alcoa, Boston Scientific, BP America, Caterpillar,

Chrysler, ConocoPhillips,John Deere, Dow, Duke Energy,

DuPont, Environmental Defense Fund, Exelon, Ford, FPL Group,

GE, GM, Johnson & Johnson, Marsh, Natural Resources Defense Council,

The Nature Conservancy, NRG Energy, PepsiCo

Pew Center On Global Climate Change, PG&E, PNM Resources

Rio Tinto, Shell, Siemens, World Resources Institute, Xerox

Noting the numerous connections, special interests, business conflicts of interests, and SEC violations, it is important to note what Al Gore said: “the administration has given access to special interests.

Is it really about windmills and not about windfalls?