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May252016

Climate Alarmist Admits The REAL Motive Behind Global Warming Scare Tactics

Secret Deals, Carbon Taxes and Electricity Market Manipulation

John's latest report on corruption, waste and greed in the renewables sector.

 

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Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare.

Listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

So what is the goal of environmental policy?
“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

For those who want to believe that maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn’t really mean that, consider that a little more than five years ago he also said that “the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.” Last year, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, made a similar statement.

Continue reading...

 

Is America's First Offshore Wind Farm A Real Revolution Or Just Another Green Boondoggle?

Manna From Heaven: How D.E. Shaw and a politically connected attorney persuaded Rhode Island to build America’s first-ever offshore wind farm–and a risk-free money machine.

Deepwater Wind is also free riding on Rhode Island’s ratepayers, who will end up paying vastly more than market rate for their wind power. Grybowski’s real accomplishment here is not the building of the wind farm, but rather that he got Rhode Islanders to pay so much for its output. Under the company’s 20-year agreement with Rhode Island’s regulated utility, National Grid , Deepwater Wind will receive 24.4 cents per kwh for all the power those turbines can generate. That’s more than twice the wholesale price that National Grid pays for electricity now. And a lot even for New Englanders used to paying 17 cents per kwh. The average American pays 10 cents.

Worse, the contract has a built-in price escalator of 3.5% per year. That means by the end of the 20 years National Grid will be paying Deepwater 50 cents for each windy kwh. While Deepwater would not comment on financial projections, FORBES calculates that if G.E. can keep those turbines in working order, the wind farm could generate $900 million for Deepwater Wind and its majority shareholder, D.E. Shaw & Co. Add in about $100 million in federal renewable energy investment tax credits and Deepwater Wind is looking at a juicy, unleveraged pretax return on the order of 7.5%. It is a legally guaranteed, risk-free money machine.

 

Here is a map of historical hurricane tracks that may affect offshore wind.

 

Deepwater Wind Goes Solar

DEEP is expected to award projects in the second half of 2016, and Klee will seek input from Connecticut Attorney General, Consumer Counsel, and Procurement Manager.

Contracts also need approval by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the solar farm would need approvals from local land-use agencies and the Connecticut siting council.

If all the pieces were to fall into place, the company hopes begin operation by the end of 2018.

Messages left for Deepwater Wind Holdings were not immediately returned.

See more about the RFP process and find each specific proposal at http://cleanenergyrfp.com. Note that many of the details have been “redacted” from public view.

 

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Secret 21 Year Clean Energy Deal to be released (2013)

Connecticut's release of its previously secret 21-year, $1 billion clean energy program information is expected as early as Wednesday, but eight of the dozens of companies that participated are working to keep their information from the public, regulatory filings show.

UPDATE RE: Secret 21 Year Deal (Feb. 2016)

A joint procurement by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — the first of its kind for the states — garnered 24 bids from developers and companies for solar, wind, fuel cell and hydro projects, including five offering power that would be generated in Connecticut.

Pricing data was redacted from the bid documents posted online last week. DEEP Deputy Commissioner Katie Scharf Dykes said she couldn't yet comment on the bid pricing or whether the buying-power strategy will work.

 

6 States Considering Carbon Tax

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This page covers emerging developments in U.S. carbon taxing at the state level, with sections on Washington State, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.

With a national carbon tax blocked by the denialist Republican majority in Congress, some advocates are heeding Justice Brandeis’s advice and are organizing at the state level — where “retail” politics might help assuage concerns over outside-the-box ideas like carbon taxing, perhaps as occurred in the successful push for marriage equality (the right to same-sex marriage) which began and spread as state-level campaigns.

Moreover, progressive and popular options for distributing carbon tax revenues can be made more tangible at the state level than the federal, a point underscored by a Jan. 2015 study by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy that ranked the 50 states on their tax incidence and established that states are more regressive taxers than the federal government. In particular, sales taxes could be swapped out for carbon taxes, as advocates in Washington State propose.

 

Republican AGs Slam EPA For Ignoring Supreme Court Ruling

The Republican attorney generals of Texas and West Virginia are demanding the Obama administration stop working on its signature global warming regulation, which they argue violates a Supreme Court order.

“Their efforts and those of your agency to try to make the Power Plan a fait accompli fail to accord proper respect for the Supreme Court’s unprecedented decision to halt the Power Plan—a decision that divests this agency of authority to enforce the rule and calls into serious question the rule’s legality,” AGs Ken Paxton of Texas and Patrick Morrisey of W. Virginia sent in a letter Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Morrisey and Paxton are leading a 27 state coalition suing EPA to derail the CPP. There’s also a group of 17 states backing the EPA, led by New York AG Eric Schneiderman — the same AG who’s leading an investigation into global warming skeptics.

 

The United States has been committed to cutting its greenhouse emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 in Paris Climate Agreement signed by 175 countries, including the United States, in April.

Imposing a national tax on carbon emission can help Uncle Sam fulfill the goal, but when the U.S. government will take the measure is still "too early" to predict.

Jim Prentice, global fellow in Wilson Center, a think-tank based in Washington.D.C, told Xinhua that "it's extremely important that the three countries (United States, Canada and Mexico) work together," if the United States and North America want to introduce carbon tax in the future.

From 2006 to 2010, Prentice served as a cabinet member of Canadian government.

Schumer: Carbon Tax has Chance if Clinton Wins

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) outlined a path Tuesday for Hillary Clinton to enact a carbon tax if the Democrats prevail in the 2016 elections.

Schumer, the Senate Democrats’ leader-in-waiting, said that a Clinton presidency and the return of his party to the Senate majority in 2017 could pave the way for lawmakers to enact a carbon tax to help fund the government.

 

 

EPA LAWSUIT INFORMATION

Latest on EPA Legal Issues

EPA Carbon Taxes 

 

Secret Deal: Australia Has ETS Carbon Tax, Starts In 5 Weeks

Get ready. The legislation was done on the last day Parliament sat in December. The Coalition government knew it would be popular with the voters who all want “carbon action” so they… buried the news. No cheering. No speeches.

It’s called “Safeguard” — it was safe for politicians and guards them against their failure to meet pointless, symbolic international agreements to slow storms. A Safeguard for politicians but a SneakTax for the people.

(h/t Joanne Nova) 

 

ANALYSIS

Alberta's carbon tax: What we still don't know

Just eight months before Alberta's new carbon tax takes effect, the provincial government still has to iron out how some key pieces of the new program will work.

The Climate Leadership Plan, which launches January 1, 2017, will create widespread change in the province far beyond having to pay a little extra at the pumps. The recent Alberta budget provided some new details, including who is exempt from the tax and what the financial impact will be for the average Albertan. Still, some significant details are unknown with billions of dollars in the balance. Here are some important parts of the policy and what information we're missing.

 

The Great Green Carbon Tax Grab

Touted by economists as a wondrous market mechanism that will deliver Canada from the evils of climate change, carbon pricing is emerging out of the political swamps as a regulatory nightmare. It is also shaping up as the Great Canadian Carbon Tax Grab.

 

Electricity Market Manipulation News 

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Regulating Electricity-Market Manipulation: A Proposal for a New Regulatory Regime to Proscribe All Forms of Manipulation 

Congress broadly authorized the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to protect consumers of electricity from all forms of manipulation in the electricity markets, but the regulations that FERC passed are not nearly so expansive. As written, FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule covers only instances of manipulation involving fraud. This narrow scope is problematic, however, because electricity markets can also be manipulated by nonfraudulent activity. Thus, in order to reach all forms of manipulation, FERC is forced to interpret and apply its Anti-Manipulation Rule in ways that strain the plain language and accepted understanding of the rule and therefore constitute an improper extension of the fraud-based regulations to nonfraudulent activity. This Note argues that FERC ought to fix the current anti-manipulation regulatory regime, both as a matter of sound governmental regulation and to ensure fair notice to the regulated entities. In particular, this Note contends that FERC should redraft its Anti-Manipulation Rule and that, in doing so, it should use the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”)’s rules as a model. By adopting the CFTC’s rules, FERC could design a new anti-manipulation regulation that would properly and flexibly encompass all forms of potential manipulation in the electricity markets—a solution that would allow the law adequately to respond to future attempts at manipulation.

ABSOLUTE MUST READ PAPER that has the latest examples of manipulation and how it can be prevented. From: The Michigan Law Review

 

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Barclays Fights Record Price Fixing In Power Markets

Almost a decade later, that message and other documents are coming back to haunt Barclays in a closely watched civil case that marks the first public test of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s enforcement powers. At stake for Barclays and four associated traders is $488 million in fines and profit disgorgement, the largest penalty ever sought by the agency.

The bank was supposed to get its day in a federal court in California on April 22. Now, though, the judge on his own initiative canceled oral arguments and the two sides are awaiting to learn what the next step will be.

Barclays Bank Stirs Up Colby College

 

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JP Morgan Caught Twice Manipulating Electric Markets 

The lawsuit, filed in California federal court on Monday, accuses the firm of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) when it sold power from several gas plants in the state between 2010 and 2012.

"(J.P. Morgan) resorted to illegal market manipulation to turn the inefficient, money-losing generators into cash cows," said the lawsuit, which was brought by three California ratepayers on the behalf of retail power consumers in the state.

The plaintiffs seek damages for California residents who paid higher electricity prices because of J.P. Morgan's alleged actions.

J.P. Morgan did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.

The lawsuit follows J.P. Morgan's settlement of similar allegations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2013. The company agreed to pay a $285 million civil penalty and to pay back $124 million to California power consumers.

In the FERC settlement agreement, J.P. Morgan did not admit to violating the law.  

 

Energy Market News 

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Northern Pass Hits a Snag

The agency in New Hampshire charged with siting energy infrastructure has pushed back its deadline for Eversource Energy’s $1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission project.

A New Hampshire Site Evaluation subcommittee decided this week to postpone the deadline for the agency ruling on Northern Pass until the end of September 2017. That’s nine months later than Hartford-based Eversource Energy had expected it would take to get necessary regulatory approvals for the project.

Earlier this month, Eversource was still saying that it would break ground at the start of 2017 on the 192-mile long transmission line designed to bring hydropower from Quebec to southern New Hampshire.

Eversource officials were quick to respond to the action by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee.

 

California ISO  (CAISO) You'd think after Enron they'd get it right...

 

Enforcement

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Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation (FERC)

 

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Reader Comments (23)

Just want to let an individual in Canada know, re: wind, that I will personally be in touch shortly. Thank You.
May 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
States That Pay The Most For Power (Video)

http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4887095299001/states-that-pay-the-most-for-power/?#sp=show-clips


Read the full report:

https://www.manhattan-institute.org/sites/default/files/IB-RB-0516.pdf
May 25, 2016 at 6:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
How Warren Buffett's bets on an energy imbalance market in the west is paying off

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-warren-buffetts-bet-on-an-energy-imbalance-market-in-the-west-is-payin/404046/
May 25, 2016 at 7:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
May 25, 2016 at 7:39 PM | Registered CommenterJohn
And, as usual, the income will be distributed from us to the filthy stinking rich.
May 25, 2016 at 9:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoHa
David Shaw also gave $750,000 to Soros superpac that sponsors agitprop trump hate groups...destroying property, waving mexican flags, and of course, promoting marxism.

Cheap schmuck, most of these bottom feeders gave more.

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The Albuquerque Trump Protests Were 100% Organized Political Astroturf…

Former hedge fund manager and current chief scientist of medical research firm D.E. Shaw Research, David E. Shaw, who gave $750,000.

“PSL” stands for “Party for Socialism and Liberation“. Here’s a copy of their organizing flyer prior to last night’s protest rally:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/05/25/guess-who-the-albuquerque-trump-protests-were-100-organized-political-astroturf/
May 26, 2016 at 8:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterRock D. House
Energy Derivatives and FERC

http://secure.fia.org/downloads/Jul-Aug_FERC.pdf

Note on the first page what happened after electric utility restructuring occurred and who the new players are. DE Shaw is one of them.

Add to that all that stimulus money DE Shaw/Larry Summers and UPC-First Wind got, We ended up paying for his mansion.

All thanks to this man:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/us/politics/obama-kalorama-washington-house.html

May 26, 2016 at 9:12 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
It is all Agenda 21 crap, they want us all stacked on top of one another, broke and living like the third world (no cars, etc.) convinced that there are to many of us for the world to sustain.
May 26, 2016 at 9:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Two B.C. wind farm projects halted with huge Site C dam in wings

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/two-bc-wind-farm-projects-halted-with-huge-site-c-dam-in-wings/article30170273/

Publicly traded Northland Power has withdrawn two wind projects from B.C.’s environmental approval process, officially halting proposals that had been dormant for several years as the Site C hydroelectric dam puts a chill on renewable energy projects.

The proposals – for Mount George Wind Park, a 300-megawatt wind farm 38 kilometres southeast of Prince George, and Mount Kathleen Wind Park, a 250-megawatt wind farm near Summerland – were officially withdrawn last week, following correspondence between B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office and Northland about lack of activity on both projects.

The withdrawals highlight challenges faced by would-be renewable energy developers in B.C. now that Site C is in the wings, says Vancouver energy lawyer David Austin. Site C is a multibillion-dollar hydroelectricity project now under construction on the Peace River. Crown corporation B.C. Hydro says the 1,100-megawatt facility will provide clean, low-cost electricity for decades and help keep greenhouse gas emissions in check.
May 26, 2016 at 11:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
France strike hits nuclear plants sending output lower

http://news.trust.org/item/20160526081519-pmn62

PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) - Nuclear power plants across France were hit with unplanned outages on Thursday after unionised workers at utility EDF joined a rolling nationwide strike against planned government reforms.

At least 11 of France's 58 reactors suffered outages, according to grid operator RTE, lowering output by about 5 gigawatts (GW) or 6 percent of the country's nuclear capacity.

Members of the CGT union at all 19 of France's nuclear power stations voted on Wednesday to join the strike which has already paralysed businesses and disrupted fuel supplies causing shortages in some places.
May 26, 2016 at 11:24 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Senators ask DOJ to end ‘abuse of power’, ‘prosecutorial misconduct’ in persecuting climate skeptics

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/26/senators-ask-doj-to-end-abuse-of-power-prosecutorial-misconduct-in-persecuting-climate-skeptics/

Senators today sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, demanding that the Department of Justice (DOJ) end its use of law enforcement resources against political opponents of President Obama’s energy agenda.

“These actions provide disturbing confirmation that government officials at all levels are threatening to wield the sword of law enforcement to silence debate on climate change,” the letter reads. “As you well know, initiating criminal prosecution for a private entity’s opinions on climate change is a blatant violation of the First Amendment and an abuse of power that rises to the level of prosecutorial misconduct.”

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More here on the ongoing legal battle:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/05/26/more-foi-follies-from-the-george-mason-university-rico20-train-wreck-edward-maibach-legal-gymnast/
May 26, 2016 at 1:33 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
I know I have wrote about this before and I love bringing it UP Again..........In the mid 70's our 2 kids brought home, Homework and had to draw a map on how far south the Ice would go south. Miss Ann and I helped them with all the info and plotting out the direction of travel the Ice Would Take. It was said by 2050 the ice would be all the way down to Kansas City and St Louis. We planed to get into our new Motor home and head down to the Ozark's. Little did we know in 1993 we would park out Tour Bus in Branson Mo. and still NO ICE heading south from the A Circle.......

It all came down to warning if we don't raise tax's and cut down on driving, the Ice would be on it's way South. Gas went from $.69.9 to $1.64.9 and people slowed down on their driving and car's got a LOT smaller. Speed limit went from 65 to 55 to save gas, as the liberal's started at the same time, we would run out of oil by 2050 also.......There is NO ICE Coming and we have enough oil to last a 1,000 years.

Don't you just LOVE STUPIT LIBERAL's.......! It's always been about Raising More Money for gov as it's expanding Ex-Po-Dench-El-Ley, every few years. The "Bastard's" already raided out SS Money we put away all of our working years...And today pos gov is 100% larger than it was in 2001 when they flew 2 planes into the towers, 1 missel into the Stop Sign Building, and a Shit Load of C-4 in a field. All to be at war till the end of the world......

First ICE, and now FIRE, gonna melt the Ice on the poles if we don't Raise Tax's on the American People.......And the "Sheeple" will suck up what ever the liberal media dish's out. YES, Their that "STUPID".........America is Done. It was all planed out in 1972. Barry & Michael are doing a great job destroying our once Great Country. I have waited for this fall since 2012, knowing all F,ing Hell is gonna break lose, as it will mark the end as we know it.......

The ICE is Coming..................The ICE is Coming........................http://www.populartechnology.net/2013/02/the-1970s-global-cooling-alarmism.html
May 26, 2016 at 11:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
Live power outage map.Found this looking at the situation in France.
http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/power-outages/
May 27, 2016 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
http://www.c-span.org/video/?410239-1/noaa-officials-brief-reporters-2016-hurricane-season
Live interview with the folks at NOAA. They can't figure out if the current three year trend is a long term situation or not. They have to wait another couple of years to see why there haven't been any horrible hurricanes in the Atlantic lately. Conversely speaking, the Pacific has seen their fair share of shit. If you are up in Suitland, help yourself to a free tour of their new place. They useta live in Silver Spring, but no more.
May 27, 2016 at 9:23 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
Must see video:

Two wind turbines on fire.….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5COAi6KM8o#t=130

The second one is in the background.
Aug 7, 2016 at 8:17 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Aug 7, 2016 at 9:56 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Intolerance by the Climate Thought Police at University of Colorado

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/08/31/intolerance-by-the-climate-thought-police-at-university-of-colorado/


Professors tell students: Drop class if you dispute man-made climate change

‘We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change’


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Check out the credentials of the three professors in above story….

The class is taught by professors in Genetic engineering, English (with old cooking recipe collections), and Sociology/Social Justice.



A few more issues also crop up with the professors statements:

1) “Moreover, students who choose to use outside sources for research during their time in the course may select only those that have been peer-reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,”

In fact, doesn’t the IPCC use non peer reviewed materials?

” Sources other than scientific journals also provide crucial information for a comprehensive assessment. Examples include reports from governments, industry and research institutions, international and other organizations, and conference proceedings. Information about certain experiences and practices in mitigation and adaptation activities in particular may be found in sources other than traditional scientific and technical journals. Such materials may utilize a wide range of quality-assurance mechanisms, including but not limited to formal peer review. Author teams using literature of this kind have a special responsibility to ensure its quality and validity.”
http://www.ipcc.ch/news_and_events/docs/factsheets/FS_ipcc_assess.pdf

Teach needs to take a class.

2) The IPCC does not perform peer reviews.

3) The professors even got 98% wrong. It's supposed to be 97%.
Aug 31, 2016 at 1:41 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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