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More Solar Scams for the Obama Administration!
In the following article by WND, “Thought it couldn’t get any worse than Solyndra?” there are just too many connections to radical organizations and people we have discussed in the last three years to ignore. So it is being printed in full. Knowing where your tax monies from Obama’s failed Stimulus Plan have gone and to whom is important.
The communist linked Apollo Alliance inspired Stimulus Plan was never meant to increase jobs, it was meant to pay back the Democratic pay-to-play cronies for their support. It matters not that these “green” companies will not survive, the money was given as a “freebie” from Obama off the backs of hard-working, tax paying Americans. It was their idea of redistributing the wealth of the country to the chosen few associated with the radical and corrupt Left for their visions of how our world should be. The “old-fashioned” ethical way of doing the work and letting it pay off by following rules and laws is not their way. Their way is devious, conniving, cunning, and corrupt.
The “World According to the Obama Marxists” is played by taking your money without asking, and giving it to their chosen recipients with few or no strings attached. They will take what isn’t theirs and say it belongs to them, and dare you or anyone else to do anything about it. It is a few in power deciding where monies should be spent, and to whom the monies should be given. It is theft, plain and simple. Theft is a crime. But the Left wants it to sound good to the uninformed, deluded masses they control with their rhetoric; so they redefine THEFT as “redistributing the wealth.” Either way you look at it, they are thieves and are committing crimes.
Their stealing isn’t for the good of the country, quite the opposite. They believe their vision is what is best for the country, and they shouldn’t be hindered from producing what they “know” is best. The fact that these companies who received government handouts needed to take taxpayer monies instead of applying for normal scrutinized bank loans or by enticing investors into their venture is a good indicator of the risk involved in their undertaking. The banks weren’t buying their business plans, so they chose to dupe the public instead. Since when did our government get into the investment business that is primarily a public sector business?
Some things that occur in the Obama administration pass our notice and are just a blip on our scale of importance, but Obama’s nominations should always be investigated.
One man, John E. Bryson, was nominated in June, 2011 as the Commerce Secretary. He sits on the boards of Boeing, Disney and a Santa Monica electric car start-up company (clean technology)
called Coda Automotive. He is also an adviser to New York private equity and buyout giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
While lauded by the Left for his vision, Oklahoma’s Republican Senator James Inhofe, the senior Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, released a statement where “he declared his intention to trounce Bryson’s nomination because of his environmental background” and support of cap-and-trade. Inhofe said,
“It is understandable that President Obama would select John Bryson as his nominee: he is a founder of a radical environmental organization and a member of a United Nations advisory group on climate change.”
That was a pretty good indicator of what was to come with Bryson in charge of a governmental agency.
Not until we get an Attorney General worth his salt and who abides by the law, will we be able to prosecute all of these criminals involved in the various scams concocted by the Democratic Party, associated communist/socialist/Marxist organizations, and their allies. Attorney General Holder and his Department of Injustice are the most corrupt in the history of the United States, and their days are numbered. Count on that!
Let’s take a look at the latest company, BrightSource Energy, that is coming under the microscope of We the People and note its connections to Obama and the corrupt Left. The Tangled Web of Criminality and Corruption will be evident. Hey, what’s another billion or two given away to Obama’s radical supporters?
Thought it couldn’t get any worse than Solyndra?
Obama Commerce pick awarded $1.37 Billion in ‘stimulus funds’ for another risky solar plant!
World Net Daily
September 26, 2011
President Obama’s nominee for Commerce secretary served as chairman of the board of a solar energy company that recently received a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee – the largest the Department of Energy has ever given for a solar power project.
Now that company, BrightSource Energy, is attempting to build the world’s largest solar power plant amid concerns such ventures may be too risky an investment for the federal government.
In June, BrightSource Chairman John Bryson was nominated by Obama to head the Commerce Department.
WND reported in June that Bryson co-founded an environmental activist group that is a member and funder of the controversial Apollo Alliance.
Apollo is run by a slew of socialists and radicals, including Jeff Jones, a founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization. Jones himself boasts of doing work for the environmental group founded by Bryson, the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Bryson served until June as co-chairman of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a globalist organization whose members can be found throughout the Obama administration.
The massive loan guarantee to BrightSource is meant to build an expensive California desert solar plant known as the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
The system will feature mirrors that reflect sun toward a massive central tower that is in turn heated to produce steam meant to spin turbines to produce electricity. The size of the BrightSource plant is thought to produce enough power to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of Californians.
During a national address last October, Obama mentioned the possible benefits of BrightSource Energy’s “revolutionary new type of solar power plant.”
However, some have doubted that the massive solar plant will actually work.
The Bay Citizen quoted Michael Boyd, president of the nonprofit Californians for Renewable Energy, as saying there is “no evidence” BrightSource’s project will succeed. Boyd complained most of the equipment used at the plant would be manufactured in China and Germany. “Stimulus money isn’t going to jobs here in the U.S. It’s going to jobs overseas,” he said.
Boyd’s group last year reportedly filed an administrative complaint seeking to block the U.S. loan guarantee, alleging in the complaint the solar project “could have the unintended consequences of killing innovation if these projects fail.”
In a briefing last month, BrightSource CEO John Woolard was confident his plant would significantly lower the costs of energy. “We were able to drop costs down significantly,” he said. “Ivanpah is the culmination of two and a half decades of work and thinking around solar.”
However, the entire solar energy enterprise is now being questioned as overseas manufacturers, particularly China and Taiwan, have produced similar products and services at much lower prices. Already, the cost of generating power with panels plunged about 37 percent in the past year, Bloomberg reported yesterday, as Chinese factories cut prices. The price slashes pushed three U.S. makers, including Solyndra, into bankruptcy protection in the past quarter.
The news media and lawmaker focus on the Obama administration’s use of funds for solar energy could draw focus to Bryson himself, since he chaired the company that received the largest amount of funds.
Globalist, CO2 activist
Besides his position at BrightSource, which he vacated when he was selected as Obama’s Commerce pick, Bryson is the former chairman, chief executive officer and president of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison.
He serves on the U.N. secretary-general’s advisory group on energy and climate change and as co-chairman of the globalist PCIP, a partner of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 1970, Bryson co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, with a $400,000 seed grant from the Ford Foundation.
The group is also funded by the Tides Foundation, to which philanthropist George Soros has donated more than $7 million over the years. Tides itself is a major funder of leftist causes, including ACORN, whose founder and former chief organizer, Wade Rathke, is a Tides board member.
The NRDC is a major proponent of fighting so-called global warming. It recently endorsed a document called the Earth Charter, which, Discover the Networks notes, blames capitalism for many of the world’s environmental, social and economic problems.
The charter maintains that “the dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening.”
The NRDC is a member of the Apollo Alliance. NRDC’s president, Frances Beinecke, is on Apollo’s board. The NRDC is also listed by Apollo as a funder of the group, having donated between $1,200 to $2,999 to become an Apollo “clean energy benefactor.” The NRDC endorses many Apollo initiatives.
Apollo’s New York office is run by Jeff Jones, who founded the Weather Underground with terrorists Bill Ayers and radical Mark Rudd when the three signed an infamous statement calling for a revolution against the American government inside and outside the country to fight and defeat what the group called U.S. imperialism. Jones currently boasts on his personal website that he has done consulting work for the NRDC.
Apollo has been credited by the Obama administration with helping craft portions of the $787-billion “stimulus” bill signed into law.
The Apollo Alliance has boasted in promotional material that it was behind several of the Obama administration’s “green” initiatives, in addition to crafting “green” sections of the stimulus bill.
Among Apollo’s board members are a group of Leftist extremists including:
- Van Jones, President Obama’s controversial former “green jobs czar”who resigned in September 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Jones also called for “resistance” against the U.S. Jones himself described the Apollo Alliance’s mission as “sort of a grand unified field theory for progressive left causes.”
- Joel Rogers, a founder of the Socialist New Party. WND reported evidence indicating Obama was a New Party member. In an interview with WND, New Party co-founder and Marxist activist Carl Davidson previously recounted Obama’s participation with the New Party.
Following publicity of Apollo’s radicalism, including scores of articles by WND and investigations by the Fox News Channel, Apollo announced it will merge with the BlueGreen Alliance, a collaboration of large environmental groups and unions.
Meanwhile, Bryson is co-chairman of the PCIP, which was founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations.
The group says it is the “premier international affairs organization focused on policy issues of special resonance to the West Coast.” Its goals include “building our network of globally oriented business, civic, and government leaders.” Also, the group aims to convene exchanges with global policy makers and opinion leaders while partnering with organizations around the world to “promote mutual understanding and coordinated action.”
The PCIP is funded by the Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Obama’s ambassador to France, Charles Rivkin, is a member of the PCIP. Last October, he invited a 29-member delegation from the PCIP to a conference in France for the stated purpose of discussing Arab and Islamic relations in the country.
Rivkin was at the center of a scandal when WikiLeaks released a cable in which he proposed the U.S. Embassy in France initiate a multipronged effort to “engage” and help to “empower” France’s Muslim minorities. Rivkin called the effort a “Minority Engagement Strategy,” which was largely directed at Muslims in France.
Other PCIP members abound through the Obama administration, WND has learned.
James B. Steinberg, deputy secretary of state, serves on the PICP board of directors. He also serves on the science and security board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a journal that argued during the Cold War for the U.S. to hand its nuclear weapons to an international organization.
The Bulletin, as WND reported, was founded by scientists who were long accused of spying for the Soviets and passing along vital nuclear secrets.
Vilma S. Martinez, U.S. ambassador to Argentina, is the chairman of the PCIP’s Mexico Study Group.
Former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr., a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, was appointed by Obama as ambassador to China in August 2009. He is a PCIP founding director.
Jeffrey L. Bleich, Obama’s appointment for U.S. ambassador to Australia, is a PCIP member.
Diana Farrell, deputy director of the National Economic Council, is a member of the PCIP as well as the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. She is a frequent speaker on U.S. global engagement.
Byron Auguste, a member of Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions, serves on the PCIP board. He is also on the board of trustees of the Center for American Progress, which is funded by Soros and led by John Podesta, who served as co-chairman of Obama’s transition team.
Last year, PCIP member Steven Myers joined the State Department’s advisory committee on international economic policy.
John B. Emerson, appointee for Obama’s advisory committee for trade policy and negotiations, is a member of both the PCIP and CFR.
In April, Obama nominated PCIP member Janet Yellen to serve as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve.
PCIP member Alan D. Bersin was appointed commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Last March, Obama appointed PCIP member Michael Camuñez to the position of assistant secretary for market access and compliance in the Department of Commerce.
Ernest James Wilson, a member of the PCIP board, was elected chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in September 2009. He served as a policy advisor on Obama’s presidential transition team on matters of communication technology and public diplomacy.
Also on Obama’s transition team was Jonathan Greenblat, chairman of the PCIP’s energy and environment committee.
The PCIP has some ties to billionaire activist George Soros. Among PCIP fellows is Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist and writer who is a member of the advisory board of Eurasia Net of the Soros Foundation. He is also a scholar of the Davos World Economic Forum and a consultant for Human Rights Watch. At the invitation of the then-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he became the first journalist to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September 2002 and the first journalist to address NATO ambassadors in Brussels in September 2003.
Don’t you wish we could round-up all of these criminals at one time? Would you ever have believed that so many corrupt individuals were operating in full sight and are all associated with one another? The same people are involved over and over again. We’d have enough of their vision, and we aren’t buying it! Well, I should say, “We aren’t buying it, ANYMORE.”
If there is any money left in the Stimulus Bill, Defund it! Make those who were reckless with our money pay from their own estates. When the elections come, let’s get these radicals out of our government and prosecute each and every one. Locate those responsible and prosecute them. Get them before they go overseas to spread their wealth they’ve made by scamming the public.