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Friday, May 01, 2009

Special interests to reap global warming cash

"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....

In that Op/Ed, Al Gore chastised 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....

  • 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
Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE (wind turbines)
  • 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 (purchased the former Enron wind turbine assets)
  • 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
  • Weyerhauser
  • 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,

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?" via RedState, 4/30/09 Washington Times, 5/4/09: DUKE ENERGY GETS SPECIAL TREATMENT FROM OBAMA GROUP
  • "Democratic lawmakers who spent much of the Bush administration blasting officials for letting energy lobbyists write national policy have turned to a coalition of business and environmental groups to help draft their own sweeping climate bill.

And one little-noticed provision of the draft bill would give one of the coalition's co-founders a lucrative exemption on a coal-fired project it is building.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman, both of California, were among the Democrats -- then in the minority -- who slammed Vice President Dick Cheney for holding closed-door meetings to draft energy policy early in the Bush administration....

But the sweeping climate bill Mr. Waxman and Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the panel's key environmental subcommittee, introduced at the end of March includes a provision that benefits

  • "blueprint" for their climate legislation.

The exemption would save Duke Energy -- along with other firms now building new coal power plants --

  • from having to spend millions of dollars outfitting its Cliffside, N.C., power plant currently under construction with "clean coal" technology.
"The USCAP companies must be delirious over the freebies that they've received after writing the blueprint for [the House draft bill]," said Larry Neal, deputy Republican staff director for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

At the kickoff to hearings last week on the massive climate bill, Myron Ebell, climate and energy policy director for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told lawmakers, "The authors of the draft bill have invited the beneficiaries of what

A spokeswoman for Mr. Waxman rejected any parallel with the previous administration."

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