Who Better to Lead Us to Energy Independence Than Abraham Lincoln?

October 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm (Abraham Lincoln, Energy, Energy Independence, Green Energy)

That’s right – a company known as Abraham Lincoln Electric And Gas (ALEAG).

Here are some fun facts about ALEAG, a leader in green energy solutions:

ALEAG is proud to its part in making America energy independent and financially appealing for global business. 

ALEAG is a nationwide energy provider that offers a myriad of energy options for both residential and commercial.

ALEAG will design an energy plan around your current and future needs.

ALEAG has the ability to give FLEX pricing, FLAT rate pricing, and LOCKED pricing… Even combinations of all three. 

ALEAG rates are updated daily and are always competitive. 

ALEAG never charges hidden fees – the rate you’re quoted, is the rate your guaranteed.  

ALEAG can give quotes for energy pricing up to a year in advance in most markets, allowing you to take advantage of energy futures. 

ALEAG can give free quotes via the web – Meaning no high pressure sales pitch, or misleading marketing gimmicks. 

ALEAG will give a portion of EVERY sale to an American based charity in your name.  

The Abraham Lincoln Electric and Gas Company is honored to serve you and especially those who served.  If you are an owner of a business and a Veteran, please let us know when requesting a quote.  Pricing will be adjusted accordingly.  Please note, that ALEAG uses green energy whenever possible and can create a 100% GREEN energy solution in most markets. 

Please request a free quote today.

At the bottom where it says ‘How did you hear about us?’, tell them the Mental Recession sent you.

And here are a couple of brochures to pass around…

ALEAG – Power to the People – 2012

ALEAG – Green Energy Solutions

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Solyndra Exec (2009): "The Bank of Washington Continues to Help Us!"

August 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm (Bank of Washington, Bankrupt, CH2M Hill, Green Energy, Green Jobs, Matthew Chiller, President Obama, Solar, Solyndra, Stimulus, Waste)

The Republican National Committee today released an e-mail from Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet from 2009, labeling the Obama administration as “The Bank of Washington” and boasting of several ways in which the company could exploit federal programs and tax breaks in order to keep the soon-to-be-doomed company afloat.

The opening of the e-mail reads:

Hi Steve,

Attached FYI.

The Bank of Washington continues to help us!

The rest of the e-mail (seen below) suggests ways to gather money from federal and state governments, and sounds eerily similar to a presentation given by Washington lobbyist Matthew Chiller.  Chiller was employed by a company named CH2M Hill, and gave their employees a PowerPoint presentation on how to secure state and federal funding.  The presentation provided employees with advice on congressional earmarks, and gave pointers on how to “work the earmark politically.”

What is the significance of the Solyndra/CH2M Hill relationship?  My report last year outlined how CH2M Hill received nearly $10 million in stimulus funding to design Solyndra’s Fremont, California plant – a plant that exceeded $733 million just to build, and featured such amenities as Disney tune-whistling robots and elaborate spa showers for employees.  Here is an excerpt from that report:

Within the $535 million loan to Solyndra were a number of sub-awards to other vendors, 40 payments of which were greater than $25,000 each. The largest sub-award went to CH2M HILL, to the tune of $9.6 million for their construction engineering services. CH2M used the nearly $10 million sub-award to design Solyndra’s solar manufacturing plant in Fremont, California.

John Corsi, the company’s Vice President of Media and Public Relations explains, “CH2M HILL performed some design services and helped with a technical engineering report.”

When asked about the price tag, Corsi stated that, “Our rates were consistent with market rates for similar work.”

He added, “This work was secured through an open, competitive, and transparent procurement process,” a contradiction to the aforementioned Washington Post report which stated that consulting firms had essentially shaped and awarded themselves pieces of the stimulus.

With millions of dollars having been secured, CH2M clearly outdid themselves on the Solyndra project, building a facility the likes that had never been seen before in the heart of Silicon Valley.  The facility covers 300,000 square feet, ran a price tag of $733 million, and was equated by some to the Taj Mahal. Bloomberg News reported on some of the extravagant amenities—amenities which might surprise for a company using taxpayer funds to maintain operations.

“It wasn’t just any factory. When it was completed at an estimated cost of $733 million, including proceeds from a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, it covered 300,000 square feet, the equivalent of five football fields. It had robots that whistled Disney tunes, spa-like showers with liquid-crystal displays of the water temperature, and glass-walled conference rooms.”

All on your dime.

While the company deflected any specific questions about building design, Corsi did state that, “The client (Solyndra) made all decisions regarding the final design specs.”

He added, “Any vetting of the relative merits of the project are the responsibility of the government.”

Another company that assisted CH2M Hill in the design of the Solyndra facility also declined comment. Erik Sueberkrop, of Studios Architecture, was on the design team for the manufacturing and office facility in Fremont, California. He stated only, “As I am not at liberty to discuss, there is no comment at this time.” The Studios website meanwhile, has scrubbed detailed links to the facility’s architecture, interior, and planning links.

While the building remained a feat of engineering, neither company saw fit to take credit now that the Solyndra scandal has broken. Each declined comment when asked to provide images or blueprints of the facility, and ignored a request to provide expense reports for the use of their stimulus money on the Solyndra project.

It would appear that both Solyndra and CH2M Hill executives did indeed work the earmark politically, and the “Bank of Washington” was more than willing to oblige.

In the wake of several Energy Department scandals it is important to analyze how taxpayer funded projects have developed, and what mistakes were made along the way. It is not a time to rush infrastructure funding in the hopes that temporary jobs will be created in an election year; it is a time to analyze where the funding is going, who is responsible for spending it, and how they will be held accountable for their actions. It is not a time to blindly grant multi-million dollar loans to companies that administration officials know will fail; it is a time to scrutinize the potential use of every dollar so they are not wasted. It is not a time for crony capitalism, but rather a time for competent capitalism.

Perhaps the case of Solyndra will serve to remind our government of a commitment to be responsible and restrained with the American people’s money.

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Obama Announces New $240 Billion Alchemy Initiative to Boost Economy

April 1, 2012 at 11:25 am (Alchemy, April Fool's, Department of Energy, Economy, Green Energy, Green Jobs, President Obama, Solar, Steven Chu)

With a fragile U.S. economy hanging in the balance and soaring gas prices looming as a threat to any hopes of a recovery, President Obama has announced plans to implement a $240 billion alchemy initiative program to help stimulate the economy.
The plan will include tax breaks to companies who will abandon primitive plans for off-shore oil drilling, for the pursuit of more modern alchemy experiments and production.  The President hopes that the new plan will be as wildly successful as the Green Jobs initiative he implemented when he first came into office.
“It’s clear why such an effort is so important,” he said.  “Building a robust alchemy sector is how we will create jobs of the future, jobs that will, quite literally, pay for themselves.”
“We boast one critical, renewable resource the rest of the world cannot match,” he continued.  “American ingenuity.”
When asked whether or not that ‘American ingenuity’ would actually keep people from being coaxed into supporting such a plan, Obama responded, “I convinced them to vote for me.  Anything is possible.”
Pressed for further details about the program, the President said, “Let me be clear.  This isn’t rocket science.  We leave that to the professionals at our Muslim Outreach Program, er, NASA.  What we’re basically doing here is turning other metals into gold.  How can that possibly fail?”
He added, “With so much success in the solar energy field, this seems like a logical next step for our Energy Department.”
Steven Chu, when pressed for comment, gave the new alchemy initiative high marks. 
“I’d say, better than an A-.”

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First Solar Given Millions to Buy Panels From… First Solar

March 20, 2012 at 7:00 am (Arizona, Canada, Export-Import Bank, First Solar, Green Energy, Harry Reid, President Obama, Solar Panels, St. Clair Solar, Stimulus)

Who knew the Obama administration was so good at government versions of three card monte?

Erika Johnsen at Townhall reports:

Just add it to the Obama administration’s ever-lengthening list of ridiculous stimulus-related schemes: a well-subsidized solar company received a federal loan guarantee (backed, it goes without saying, by The American Taxpayer) to sell solar panels… to itself.

And here’s the story from the Washington Examiner:

First Solar is the company. The subsidy came from the Export-Import Bank, which President Obama and Harry Reid are currently fighting to extend and expand. The underlying issue is how Obama’s insistence on green-energy subsidies and export subsidies manifests itself as rank corporate welfare.

Here’s the road of subsidies these solar panels followed from Perrysburg, Ohio, to St. Clair, Ontario.

First Solar is an Arizona-based manufacturer of solar panels. In 2010, the Obama administration awarded the company $16.3 million to expand its factory in Ohio — a subsidy Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland touted in his failed re-election bid that year.

Five weeks before the 2010 election, Strickland announced more than a million dollars in job training grants to First Solar. The Ohio Department of Development also lent First Solar $5 million, and the state’s Air Quality Development Authority gave the company an additional $10 million loan.

After First Solar pocketed this $17.3 million in government grants and $15 million in government loans, Ex-Im entered the scene.

In September 2011, Ex-Im approved $455.7 million in loan guarantees to subsidize the sale of solar panels to two wind farms in Canada. That means if the wind farm ever defaults, the taxpayers pick up the tab, ensuring First Solar gets paid.

But the buyer, in this case, was First Solar.

A small corporation called St. Clair Solar owned the wind farm and was the Canadian company buying First Solar’s panels. But St. Clair Solar was a wholly owned subsidiary of First Solar. So, basically, First Solar was shipping its own solar panels from Ohio to a solar farm it owned in Canada, and the U.S. taxpayers were subsidizing this “export.”

Read the rest here… 

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