MLB umpires have carbon emissions per greenmail shakedown thugs
- Umpires actually have carbon emissions--that were "offset" by a Seattle Mariners carbon offset purchase according to an MLB press release (4/22/08) on Earth Day. For that game, cited were:
- "Hotel-related emissions for the Orioles and the umpires;"
- But Florida found 80% of a global warming/climate change "fund" was being wasted. (Miami Herald, 7/30/08) and RenewableEnergyWorld.com, 8/5/08
Under the guise of saving the planet, 80% of the money went for administration or was totally unaccounted for. The global warming business has layers of advisory and marketing companies which can be resistant to accountability (as in this case). Nevertheless, MLB is very involved with it, and the Florida Marlins even had a "carbon neutral game." But today came news that a big deal Florida geen fund associated with Green Mountain Energy (a 'marketing firm') has been a scam:
- (Miami Herald, 7/30/08): "For almost five years, Florida Power & Light trumpeted green energy, saying customers could help the environment by contributing as little as $9.75 a month to buy renewable power.
...In April, the U.S. Department of Energy called the program, Sunshine Energy, one of the top 10 residential green power programs in the country.
- On Tuesday, angry state regulators killed the program by a unanimous vote after a Public Service Commission staff
- audit found that about 80 percent of the contributions went for marketing and other administrative expenses.
The staff reported that about $1.8 million of the $9.6 million FPL customers contributed over a four-year span went to purchase renewable energy."...
- The program started in 2004. Since then, FPL kept about $1 million to administer the program
- and passed the rest along to a subcontractor, Texas-based
- No Transparency
For about a year, PSC staffers have tried to get detailed information about how Green Mountain spent the money. The staff estimated about
- 80 percent went for nonenergy expenses.
Its report noted that FPL told the staff 75 percent of the money went for program management, marketing and administration,
- but the staff said it had a hard time proving
Re: Green Mountain Energy and Native Energy share founder:
- (From 10/1/07 Human Events): "...the founder of Native Energy, energy industry veteran Tom Boucher, also founded a marketing company called
- Green Mountain Energy,
a CCX associate partner that describes itself as "the nation's leading retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon-offset solutions. Green Mountain offers residential, business, institutional and governmental customers an easy way to purchase cleaner, affordable electricity products, as well as
- the opportunity to offset their carbon footprint."
In other words, Green Mountain sells advisory services to energy users, alerting them to
- opportunities to contribute to or invest
- in groups like Native Energy."...
Native Energy, known to MLB as the Seattle Mariners purchased some "carbon offsets" from them. MLB.com press release on "Earth Day:"
- (4/22/08): "More than 230 short tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution will be generated from these energy-use activities. To offset the impact of these emissions, the Mariners will purchase
a leading carbon offsets company that helps build and support new renewable energy projects, and 58,000 kWh of "green power" credits from the Seattle City Light Green Up program. This is part of a much broader overall initiative, all posted on the club's Web site."
- The problem, as seen in the Florida P&L article, is no one knows where the money is going. If and when they're able to find out, the money can be wasted and gone. (sm)
- NativeEnergy has worked closely with Al Gore and his movie according to their report from Indian Country, 1/3/07:
- NativeEnergy has been majority-owned by the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy since 2005. NativeEnergy, Participant Productions and Paramount Pictures Classics were able to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide pollution from air and ground travel, production energy use, associated with the making of
- ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' according the NativeEnergy Web site.
- The headline in the Chicago Tribune about the environmental crime says "the bus driver" of the Dave Matthews band dumped 800 pounds of human waste onto boat passengers and into a river. Near the end of the article it notes the driver had been a long-time employee of the band, and they were sorry "one of our buses was involved" in such a thing.
- only admitted the truth when video evidence emerged showing the crime.
- More evidence that saying you are "Green" doesn't make you better, or even "progressive:"
- The company that supplied all generator power for the Live Earth Concert in July 2007 was fined for pouring poisonous chemicals in a river killing much animal life.
- The company Bio Tech Oils UK had previously won awards.
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