Special interests to reap global warming cash
- Al Gore...keeps bobbing up to the surface...The same Al Gore who wrote this NYT Op/Ed “The Selling of an Energy Policy” (4/21/02).
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
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
- why the same names keep surfacing, setting energy policy.
- 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
- Air Products
- Alcoa Inc.
- American Electric Power
- Bank of America
- Baxter International Inc.
- The Boeing Company
- California Portland Cement
- CH2M HILL
- Cummins Inc.
- Deere & Company
- Deutsche Telekom
- The Dow Chemical Company
- DTE Energy
- Duke Energy**
- GE (purchased the former Enron wind turbine assets)
- Hewlett-Packard Company
- Holcim (US) Inc.
- Interface Inc.
- Johnson Controls, Inc.
- Lockheed Martin
- Marsh, Inc
- Ontario Power Generation
- PG&E Corporation
- PNM Resources
- Rio Tinto
- Rohm and Haas
- Royal Dutch/Shell
- SC Johnson
- United Technologies
- 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.”
- *Al Gore is a partner in Kleiner, Perkins
- **One or more MLB teams have partnered with Duke Energy
- ***MLB has allowed Natural Resources Defense Council enormous access to the game to further its political agenda.
- "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
- Duke Energy Corp., a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), whose climate plan released in January the lawmakers have frequently called a
- "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.
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
- could turn out to be the biggest transfer of wealth from consumers
- to special interests
- in American history to write the rules for this legalized plunder."
A spokeswoman for Mr. Waxman rejected any parallel with the previous administration."
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