Thursday, October 2, 2014

2014 Midterm Election Alert: Dem billionaire Eco Super PAC waging war on GOP candidates associated with billionaires


NOTE: Updated at the end to add The Green Corruption Files / AACONS October 7, 2014 interview regarding this post.

September 21, 2014 The People's
Climate March / Photo by TPNN
Those following "climate change" know that this "movement" is a major part of President Obama's second-term legacy. However, most should be aware that key events have emerged on the climate front, including a march that took place in New York City on Sept. 21 just two days before the city hosted the U.N. Climate Summit,  with Hollywood a-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo joining the "flood of green protesters" –– Earth People –– that trashed the place.

In covering this ceremony, Hot Air noted the following:
Those in politics who spend much of their time railing about the dangers associated with anthropogenic climate change will often assert that the public largely shares their concerns about catastrophic climate shifts. You rarely hear from those oft-cited members of the public who are supposedly alarmed by climate change alarmism.
Sure enough; the powerful left-wing think tank with direct passage to the Obama White House, Center for American Progress (CAP) –– the dark, driving force behind president's massive green energy scheme –– via Think Progress, heralded this climate activism as a "people's phenomenon."

Needless to say, while trash and hypocrisy were stars of the show, ignorance and confusion played best supporting roles. It turns out that Reason Magazine’s Kmele Foster  –– "armed with a camera and a microphone" –– was at the People's Climate March, which according to Hot Air, "more resembled a throwback anti-capitalism protest than it did a climate rally."

But in reviewing Reason's video footage, it seems that those interviewed didn't even know why or what they were protesting. Still others were clear on their motives, yet they weren't there to protect the Earth or even to promote "world peace"–– but I'll address that the end of this post.

Reported to be in attendance (maybe he was picking up the garbage) was a key billionaire environmentalist that also happens to be a CAP cohort, whom proclaimed that this event was proof that climate change is "a first-tier political issue." This was California liberal billionaire Tom Steyer that was the feature of my last Green Corruption File, whom John Hinderaker at Power Line recently described this way: Steyer "abandoned an honest career as a coal magnate to become a 'green' scammer."

In summary: Steyer is an extremely successful, yet former, hedge-fund manager, who made his fortune in oil, coal, gas, and other investments, but in recent years, ultimately converted "out of the fossil fuel ashes" as a climate change crusader –– even aligning himself with the White House's "war on coal" as well as getting behind the president's massive, expensive and deceptive green energy agenda, of which Mr. Steyer has financially benefited from. 

Steyer, directly linked to President Obama since 2008 as a consultant, bundler and "energy policy driver," has also emerged as political powerhouse for the Democrat Party, declaring war against Republicans –– more specifically during this critical 2014 midterm election, which has become a desperate fight over control of the senate. 


 The Dark Money behind the "climate change" movement

Photo from The Washington Free Beacon 
My last story also opened up Steyer's "Cash for Climate Change" machine, which was formed in 2013, noting that NextGen Climate caused major damage during the 2013 Massachusetts senate and Virginia governor races with its multimillion-dollar outside spending campaigns, ensuring that both Ed Markey and Terry McAuliffe, who each have their own green corruption tales HERE and HERE, emerged victorious.

However, that was just the beginning...

By February 2014, Steyer aimed his political apparatus at the 2014 midterms, pledging $100 million to wage war against so-called GOP climate change deniers as well as any Republicans he deems harmful to the environment and those in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Needless to say, the irony here is not so much that this wealthy liberal is targeting Republican candidates in seven key senate and gubernatorial races; it's Steyer's climate machine's choice of weaponry. This liberal BILLIONAIRE is bombing the airways with ads attacking GOP candidates... wait for it... associated with BILLIONAIRES.

Even as NextGen's "hit list" includes any GOP with ties to Big Oil –– what Steyer and his cohorts deem as "dirty money," the billionaires in the cross hairs are none other than the libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch, who fund a number of conservative and libertarian political causes –– what NextGen labels as "dark money." This despite the fact that Steyer gained much of his wealth from dirty money, while the Democrat Party loves dark money, of which Steyer is a main culprit.

Majority Leader Harry Reid "jihad" against the Koch Brothers and our First Amendment

Later in this post I'll tackle some of Steyer's climate assaults with the following four counter attacks:
  • Dem Senator Mark Udall: Extremely Wasteful 
  • Dem Rep Bruce Braley's Eco-Genocide 
  • Dem Environmental Hero Gary Peters is NOT Gonna Dump His Oil Profits...Really! 
  • Out of Touch Climate Ad Misses Dem Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Big Out-of-State Cash and Ties to Big Oil 
But some background is key to grasping the entire picture, starting with the importance in reiterating that the Majority Leader Harry Reid has continually disgraced the senate floor with his "anti-billionaire Koch crusade."

According to Roll Call a few weeks ago, Reid's "jihad" against the Koch Brothers has been going on for some time, and it's most likely part of the Democrat's desperate ploy to unleash "the class warfare strategy of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and blame the rich for America’s continued economic stagnation." Roll Call continues with this:
Since January [2014], Reid has attacked the Koch brothers by name more than 22 times on the floor of the Senate, derisively calling them, “power-drunk billionaires,” among other things. Reid also claimed the Kochs are “single-handily funding an attack on this nation’s middle class.” For the Nevada senator, the Kochs are “un-American,” and a “cult...” 
Nevertheless, as part of their master plan, in early September, Reid and his minions attempted to demolish our First Amendment. In his first floor speech after Congress' five-week August recess, Reid blasted the Koch Brothers, which was documented by The Hill:
We have had in this country a flood of very, very dark money coming into this nation’s political system. Radical billionaires are attempting to buy our democracy.
One would think that Reid is referring to Tom Steyer, but the career politician from Nevada and the billionaire from California are buddies. Moreover, as Chip Wood from the Personal Liberty Digest so eloquently put it:
[Reid] took to the Senate floor to launch another one of his frothing-at-the-mouth diatribes against those notorious Koch brothers, whom he claims are using their vast wealth to purchase elections for the far right. He never mentions, of course, that conservative Republicans are routinely outspent by wealthy liberal Democrats. He knows that the mainstream media is delighted to help hide the truth and play along with this charade.
Reid's "frothing-at-the-mouth" was a precursor to the vote on S.J. Res. 19, which was apparently "designed to overturn two recent decisions that allowed corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals to spend extensive amounts of money on federal elections."

The amendment at the center was the brainchild came from New Mexico Democrat Senator Tom Udall that "would authorize Congress and the states to regulate and limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates."

It should be noted that Steyer is also campaigning for Tom Udall's cousin Democrat Senator Mark Udall in Colorado that will be addressed later, but let's stay with the issue at hand. The Washington Free Beacon exposed in their piece, Silent Coup, that this political maneuver by Democrats, which thankfully died in the senate, has much more sinister motives: a ploy to "hand America to liberal billionaires."

The Beacon also noting the following:
Special interest money and super-wealthy individuals are two of the most prominent features of today’s bourgeois liberalism. The unions, the foundations, the colleges, the liberal-leaning or rent-seeking corporations, the residents of Manhattan and Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills and Ward 3, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Tom Steyer, Marc Lasry, Steve Mostyn, Michael Bloomberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chris Hughes — these groups, these men, they are not misshapen appendages of the Democratic Party. They are its innards. Its guts.

Democracy Alliance Chart taken from
the Washington Free Beacon -- 9/10/2014 
What makes the Democrat's posturing against Big Money in politics so outrageous is that despite the Lefts' outrage over the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United as well as their whining over money in politics, the Democrats are knee deep in Dark Money.

Besides those listed above by The Beacon, let's not forget that those on Wall Street have "long-standing and very deep ties" to the Democratic Party, including, but not limited to, big campaign donations and their participation inside this green corruption ordeal.

This moment in our political system is more ridiculous, because billionaire Steyer, who recently "bought Harry Reid," has emerged as "the face of the liberal equivalent of the Koch Brothers.

In addition, both Reid and Steyer have been fundraising pals and partners in killing the Keystone pipeline for some time –– with Reid, the career politician, carrying his share of clean-energy dirt: He's directly linked to over $3 billion in green energy stimulus loans.

Thus it's no wonder that Reid's Koch bashing has already poisoned minds. Lately, a memorandum obtained by POLITICO, claims that "attack ads targeting the conservative Koch brothers as corporate 'fat cats' are proving effective in close races."

Again, the deception by Reid starts with the simple definition of "Fat Cat," which is "a wealthy and powerful person, especially a businessman or politician" –– and perfectly describes Tom Steyer. But it's much deeper, because the reality is that the Democrat Party is jammed-packed full of fat cats. This fact has been well-documented by many well-respected authors and the like, but most explosively in this 2014 piece by the Independent Journal Review: "The Real Party of the Rich: Democrats Have More Top Donors, Millionaires in Congress."

2014 Midterm Election Strategy: Dem billionaire Eco Super PAC waging war on 
GOP candidates associated with billionaires

Obviously, the Democrat Party's election strategy will continue with their hype, accusing Republicans of wanting "dirty air and dirty water," while most Democrats have supported, rallied behind, and participated in the president's massive green energy/climate change scam –– the policies and supporting funds that include loans, grants and special tax breaks that came from the 2009-Recovery Act, commonly known as the trillion-dollar stimulus package, whereas $100 billion was earmarked for renewable energy.

In fact, at the helm of President Obama's "save the planet slush fund," totaling $150 billion and counting, is crony capitalism at its worse, while indulging in corporate welfare and green energy outsourcing. These funds and the climate change movement continues to be used as political payback, rewarding the president's "Big and Wealthy Green Cronies," including Tom Steyer.

Political buddies indeed. Winners are those with meaningful political connections (firms controlled or owned by fundraisers, bundlers, and political allies) to the president and other high-ranking Democrats and/or their friends.

More compelling, perhaps, is that at the beginning of 2014, we discovered that "American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012," this was according to a federal government report submitted to the United Nations. And as of late, President Obama "offered Indian Prime Minister $1 billion" of American taxpayer money from the controversial U.S. Export-Import Bank to help India purchase American technology for clean energy projects."

But today's Green Corruption File will take on NextGen climate ads, starting with the obvious hypocrisy on so many levels: Liberal billionaire who gained his wealth from dirty money and is a main culprit inside the Democrat's dark money steers his "Eco Super PAC" to wage war against GOP candidates allegedly tied to what they regard as dirty money billionaires, of which they also claim are part of the GOP's dark money

And if that doesn't hit the bull’s-eye, NextGen shoots from the hip –– even "playing fast and loose with the facts." According to San Jose Mercury News, "Some prominent fact-checking groups –– PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and the Washington Post –– are slamming Mr. Steyer, saying, "He's emitting enough hot air to melt a few glaciers."

Even though NextGen has launched a preemptive attack against presidential hopefuls such as Senator Marco Rubio, they have been steadily firing at the following senate races: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, and New Hampshire, along with gubernatorial contests in Florida, Maine, and Pennsylvania –– and lately aiming at Oregon and Washington state senate races.

My last post dismantled two of their smear campaigns against Governor Rick Scott, so today's post will fire at NextGen election and their GOP senate targets, using parody at times, while exposing some of the more specific clean-energy dirt connected to the Democrat candidates in these four races. 
  • Colorado: Republican Congressman Cory Gardner vs. Democrat Senator Mark Udall 
  • Iowa: Republican Joni Ernst vs. Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley
  • Michigan: Republican Terri Lynn Land vs. Democrat Congressman Gary Peters 
  • New Hampshire: Republican Scott Brown vs. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Dem Senator Mark Udall: Extremely Wasteful 

Colorado Senate: Republican Congressman Cory Gardner vs. Democrat Senator Mark Udall

In an extremely tight race in Colorado, NextGen's ad "Cory Gardner –– Not Extreme?" not only slams the Republican challenger Cory Gardner for being a climate change denier, but also ties him to the Koch Brothers June 2014 retreat.

However, what they fail to do is connect the green corruption dots to Democrat Senator Mark Udall, which includes his ties to the newly taxpayer-funded, yet controversial, expensive and risky offshore wind project in Massachusetts known as Cape Wind –– a project that implicates Udall and other high-profile Democrats.

It seems that Udall, an energy subcommittee member for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has been scoring donations from Cape Wind executives and lobbyists for some time.

Although time will tell if Cape Wind, like Solyndra, will end up buried in the green graveyard along with the other 30 plus Obama-backed green energy companies that have died  –– with equal amounts living at deaths door, costing US taxpayers tens of billions dollars –– cronyism is not the theme of the ad I've created for Udall. Nor is the fact that offshore wind comes with its fare share of serious collateral damage.

What is widely unreported is the various stimulus-funded green energy programs (and government programs funded by the stimulus) that have also failed miserably. One in particular is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, which has the full support and weight of Senator Udall: 
I have fought for years to ensure that the lab has the support it needs to carry out its important mission to develop viable clean energy solutions. As your senator, and as co-chair of the Senate Renewable Energy and Efficiency Caucus, I remain committed to ensuring the success of these programs.
Keep in mind that candidate Obama, in 2008, pledged that he would add 5 million green jobs to the economy. Also, the 2009-Recovery Act was meant to stimulate the American economy and create American jobs, while Senator Udall, in February 2009, voted YES on the economic recovery bill.

Back in May 2009, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu visited Golden to promote the NREL as a beneficiary of stimulus funds.  However, this Colorado lab, since my 2009 green energy stimulus funds tracking, not only carries issues and corruption, but has been funding job cuts and craziness. 

Just prior to Chu's appearance, criticism circulated regarding the labs eligibility for any stimulus monies, which was met with resistance by Senator Udall and others: "We are going to fight for every fund and make sure that appropriate and significant funds are directed to NREL," Udall said. Meanwhile, Democrat then-Governor Bill Ritter claimed that "this funding will help create sustainable jobs..."

Sure enough, some reports place NREL stimulus score at $200 million, but according to the Energy Policy Center, "98 percent of the lab’s funding comes from the federal government, including nearly $300 million in stimulus in 2009." 

By 2011, the lab cut jobs. Worse still, Colorado's Watchdog.org, back in April 2013, documented the following insights into NREL: 
  • Lately the Department of Energy outpost has become infamous for top salaries of more than $500,000 a year
  • staffer who went bonkers on social media late last year, threatening to get a gun and go on a “murderous rampage” against the staff of Watchdog.org.
  • A former researcher who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation said, “I think it’s primarily a bunch of paper pushers; it’s more bureaucracy than anything else. They thrive on it.”
  • An extremely rude spokesperson of the lab that refused to answer any questions from Watchdog.org 
  • And so on...
As Steyer and his minions slam Cory Gardner as extreme (worse, he's associated with the Koch Brothers), Senator Udall is still championing the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Where's the oversight?

Crickets.

Meanwhile, Udall's camp is labeling Gardner as "radical" because the Republican dare question the Department of Energy and the Obama Regime's clean energy programs, which have been plagued with cronyism, corruption, cover-ups and failure –– both government programs that have poured billions into Udall's favorite lab. A government lab that according to Tori Richards, "Even industry insiders aren’t sure what goes on at the NREL campus to warrant the $8 billion in taxpayer funding the lab has received since 1977."

This is not only crazy, but also extremely wasteful!


Dem Rep Bruce Braley's Eco-Genocide 
  
Iowa Senate: Republican Joni Ernst vs. Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley

Photo from the Braley website
In another tight senate race, NextGen Climate, which is backing Democrat Bruce Braley, caused an uproar over their ad "claiming that Republican Joni Ernst is undercutting American troops’ efforts." Part of the fear mongering went down like this:
Limiting our dependence on foreign oil is good for national security... But Joni Ernst has given her word to her Big Oil backers.

Ernst opposes programs for renewable energy sources that will limit our dependence on foreign oil, even though they would help ensure our money doesn’t end up in the hands of hostile foreign enemies.
Republican Senator John McCain blasted the ad because Ernst is a veteran of the Iraq War. Meanwhile, Congressman Braley, whom at the 2012 Iowa Democratic Party State Convention, made this statement, “I fight for veterans every day on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee," apparently missed over 75% of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearings.

Oh my....

More relevant to green corruption is this: In Steyer's ad, "Joni Ernst's Dirty Money," she too is hammered for appearing at the Koch Brothers June 2014 retreat and sharing her gratitude in meeting the group and its network. But because she opposes the renewable fuel standard, the farm bill, and the Clean Water Act, then somehow the Koch Brothers bought her. OK 

Meanwhile, KCRG-TV9, along with The Gazette, fact checked two of NextGen Climate’s ads, of which they "determined one’s claim that Ernst would eliminate support for Iowa renewables was false, and one claiming a tax pledge signed by Ernst would benefit companies that sent jobs overseas as mostly true."

Keep in mind that in January 2009, Congressman Braley voted in favor of the economic stimulus package, meaning that I could stop here and hammer away at how the stimulus deal went toward "Green Energy Outsourcing," which is found in more detail HERE. In short: under Team Obama, tens-of-billions of American tax dollars have directly funded foreign-owned entities, while many stimulus-backed firms were snatched up for dirt cheap by other countries –– with even green jobs being shipped overseas.

And since Braley's states on his website, "Ending our dependence on foreign oil and promoting Iowa renewable energy is critical to our national security and economic growth," I could get into the fact that wind and solar production is all about electricity, and has nothing to do with our national security. But I won't. 

It's his priceless photo op where he is proudly sitting atop a wind turbine in Northeast Iowa that's worthy of some scrutiny. Braley states that he is "Working for Wind" –– even championing their special tax breaks, so does that mean that he condones Big Wind's dirty secrets and eco-massacre? If you use NextGen Climate's logic, the answer is YES!

As Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley sits on the wind turbine, is aware of the following facts?
  • That Big Wind is "the most corrupt and corrupting industry in the world."
  • "Wind energy is Not Clean, Not Green, and Not Free!”
  • "Wind energy is expensive and unreliable." 
  • Big Wind and its allies, including federal and state governments, are misrepresenting its cost to taxpayers and ratepayers.
  • There is “mounting evidence that the noise and vibrations from wind turbines can adversely affect humans and wildlife." 
  • And so on...
What about the cronyism and corruption behind the Obama administration's Energy Department stimulus deals, which funded risky wind projects with loans, free cash and special tax breaks, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

I would inquire how a Congressman from Iowa, who claims to cares about the environment, could sit idly by as solar plants "execute" birds midair and wind energy commits "mass murder"  –– with eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and other birds as well as bats that are falling victim to wind-turbine blades.

But the American people have been kept in the dark to the dirty reality that Big Wind “has been hiding at least 90% of this slaughter for decades…” The real death toll as disclosed in late 2012 by Paul Driessen of the Washington Examiner is much more devastating: "The horrific reality is that in the United States alone, 'eco-friendly' wind turbines kill an estimated 13 million to 39 million birds and bats every year."

Dead eagles from wind turbines
Photo from theresilientearth.com

Whether these are federally subsidized murders or free market, under the reign of the Obama administration wind farms get a pass –– even with the federally protected birds. As reported by the Associated Press, "The Obama administration has charged oil companies for drowning birds in their waste pits, and power companies for electrocuting birds on power lines. But the administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind-energy company, even those that flout the law repeatedly."

Since Tom Steyer, who snagged his wealth from "dirty money," and his NextGen climate ad leads the viewer to ask Joni Ernst, "What did you promise to get the "dirt money," I would ask Congressman Braley what in the heck are you doing about the Eco-Genocide?






Dem Environmental Hero Gary Peters is NOT Gonna Dump His Oil Profits...Really! 

Michigan Senate: Republican Terri Lynn Land vs. Democrat Congressman Gary Peters

In a close race in Michigan, NextGen's attack ad against GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land entitled "Really" asks this question: "Which senate candidate really works for billionaire special interests? Then Steyer's Eco Super PAC carries on about the Koch Brothers, claiming that they are "threatening Michigan's air and water quality with their dirty energy stockpiles...."

Sounds scary, especially since Land's opponent Democrat Congressman Gary Peters is running as an environmental hero.

Moreover, Peters has the backing of the climate change crusader billionaire Steyer, who made his fortune in oil, gas and coal as well as the endorsement of other powerful eco-groups as documented by The Daily Caller:
 The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed Peters, calling him “a true leader fighting for a more sustainable future for Michigan and our nation by advocating for common sense solutions to help reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and promote clean energy jobs.”
Unfortunately for Mr. Peters, he was caught with his hand in the "dirty oil jar." Peters owns $19,000 in stock in the French company Total S.A. (reportedly purchased in December 2012 and May 2013), which produces pet coke, an oil byproduct that Peters at one point called “dirtier than the dirtiest fuel,” according to the Detroit News. In addition, apparently this byproduct has caused some damage around the Detroit River.

Recently, Congressman Peters came under fire because the Democrat "environmentalist" refused to sell his oil profits" reports the Washington Free Beacon. However in full disclosure, reports came out by the Detroit News that Republican senate candidate Terri Lynn Land also owned stock in the same firm, but added the following statement by Land spokeswoman Heather Swift: "Land divested herself of a Wells Fargo mutual fund that holds stock in Total SA because of the energy company's past bribes of Iranian officials to gain access to Iran's oil fields."

Needless to say, "Peters’ investments in the fossil fuel industry are deeper than previously thought, according to his 2013 financial disclosure, which listed dividends he owns through the Gary C. Peters Trust," exposed the Daily Caller, noting a few of those "dirty investments" –– with Breitbart News picking up additional "investments [by Peters] in energy companies with controversial histories."
  • Peters listed between $1,001 and $15,000 in dividends from NiSource, which makes money from fracking.
  • Peters also listed between $1,001 and $15,000 in dividends from the fossil fuel company CMS Energy.
  • Peters listed between $1,001 and $15,000 in dividends from the Washington-based energy company Pepco Holdings, which relies heavily on burning coal. 
  • And more...
While I'll get back to the French and their BIG OIL (Total S.A.), what's interesting here is according to League of American Voters, Congressman Peters voted YES on Obama-Pelosi Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act H.R. 1), which gave free cash to Pepco Holdings.

In fact, Pepco, in 2009, was awarded at least two smart grid stimulus grants, totaling $168.1 million to advance smart-grid projects. The Washington Business Journal reported this back in 2010: "Pepco will use $149.4 million to fund smart grid projects in Maryland and the District. Pepco Holdings’ Atlantic City Electric subsidiary will get $18.7 million for its smart grid projects."

In my last post, I covered the Florida race –– Gov. Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat –– and how the CEO of NextEra Energy Mr. Lewis Hay and Florid Power and Light (FPL), a subsidiary of NextEra, have a long history of political contributions (mostly Republicans), but they had a very “cozy relationship” (even a 2008 wedding guest as well as 2009 donations) with career politician former Governor Charlie Crist.

While NextEra was a hug winner of stimulus loans and other funds, FPL snagged a $200 million smart-grid stimulus grant. Also, both FPL and Pepco Holdings are customers of Silver Spring Networks, which is an investment of three Big Venture Capital firms with political friends in high places: Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins (John Doerr and Al Gore) and Google.

Last I checked, Silver Spring had scored at least $1.3 billion in (stimulus) smart-grid contracts, and each of these venture capital firms cashed in big time from the president's green energy spending, both from the 2009-Recovery Act and other energy programs.

But REALLY...the Dem environmental hero Gary Peters is not going to dump any of his oil profits...



Out of Touch Climate Ad Misses Dem Senator Jeanne Shaheen's 
Big Out-of-State Cash and Ties to Big Oil 

New Hampshire Senate: Republican Scott Brown vs. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen

New Hampshire, too, is facing a close senate race, but first it's key to note that Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted in favor of the president's expensive stimulus package, which has of late has raised a few alarm bells: "Her husband works for a prominent lobbying firm that helped clients get some of the federal money. He also worked as an adviser to the firm," reported the New Hampshire Union Leader.

However, what's been widely circulated are NextGen's ads attacking GOP candidate Scott Brown, all the way from "Scott Brown's Scoreboard" to "New Hampshire Welcomes Rick Perry," of which the latter blasts Texas Governor Perry's skepticism on climate change.

But it's Steyer's Eco Super PAC connecting Brown to none other than the Koch Brothers and oil interests that is particularly disingenuous...at best. The ad entitled, "Tap" advocates that New Hampshire needs a senator, not a politician from Big Oil. It also makes the following claim: 
Out-of-state oilmen like the Koch brothers are spending millions to elect out-of-state politician Scott Brown to our Senate seat." “Brown voted to protect tax giveaways for big oil, which is polluting our air and water.
However, what the ad omits is that "Shaheen’s family owns between $50,000 and $100,000 of stock in Total S.A., the fourth-largest oil company in the world, through a mutual fund." Yep, this is the same Big Oil company mentioned earlier that "admitted to bribing Iranian officials."

The French oil conglomerate Total, which carries some interesting clean-energy dirt that will be highlighted later, has caused major headaches for Democrats and the Michigan senate race, because both the Republican candidate Terri Lynn Land and Democrat Congressman Gary Peters own stock in the firm.

Yet, as reported, "Land divested herself of a Wells Fargo mutual fund that holds stock in Total SA," while Peters, the self-proclaimed environmentalist, defends his position in holding on.

Worse for Shaheen is what the Washington Free Beacon exposed on the matter:
Shaheen, a member of the Senate foreign relations committee, has called on European companies to curb trade delegations to the Iranian regime to avoid undermining U.S. sanctions. She criticized European companies for attempting to establish financial ties while Iran pursues nuclear technology, saying she was “deeply troubled” by reports that European countries were sending “the message to Tehran that sanctions are abating.”
But let's go back to the hypocrisy of NextGen's ad against Scott Brown, which not only includes the fact that Steyer has ties to Big Oil, while he and his minions pollute the minds of regular Americans, there is more. The Center for Responsive Politics, in their September 2014 piece, "Candidates in Little New Hampshire Get Big Out-of-State Money" document the following:
Shaheen has been working hard to tag Brown with the carpetbagger label. But the reality is that almost all of the fuel for this fight on both sides is coming from outside the state.
And that's not factoring in the "out-of-state cash" that is funding a Shaheen senate victory coming from the California billionaire's Climate PAC as well as the money being funneled to senate races via other powerful environmental and special interest groups.

"TAP" that NextGen...


The Clean-Energy Dirt Behind the French Oil Conglomerate Total SA

Nevertheless, the French oil conglomerate Total is tied to one of those massive stimulus loans that were funneled to the president's "green cronies." While The Green Corruption Files has been tracking this particular Energy Department deal for some time, it was documented again in my "Cleantech Crash" post, which gave a rundown on SunPower Corp. and the California Valley Solar Ranch project that was purchased by NRG Energy. 

In January 2010, SunPower Corp, the San Jose, Calif.-based designer and manufacturer of solar panels and systems, received four of the stimulus-enacted Section 48C Tax Credits totaling $10.8 million.

Then despite SunPower's well-known financial issues and the fact that it was under a shareholder suit alleging securities fraud and misrepresentations, just days (September 2011) before the 1705 Loan Guarantee Program’s deadline, along with four other solar companies, a "non-investment" grade $1.2 billion stimulus loan was approved –– to support the construction of the California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) in San Luis Obispo County.

At one point, SunPower admitted that some of the solar panels for the $1.2 billion stimulus backed CVSR would be manufactured at their facility in Mexico rather than their facility in California. 

The conditional loan to SunPower was announced on April 12, 2011, and shortly thereafter (April 30, 2011), is when the French giant Total SA committed to buying a $1.37 billion controlling stake (60%) in SunPower Corp –– which was confirmed in June 2011.

Now, SunPower never directly got the cash, because on the final closing of the DOE loan guarantee, they sold the CVSR to NRG Energy –– a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 Index company, of which NRG and its subsidiaries were the recipient of most of 1705 stimulus loans: at least $5.2 billion of taxpayer money. However, SunPower continued on as the developer and Bechtel as the primary contractor building the project.

While the CVSR project faced environmental issues, it was successfully launched in October 2013. Nevertheless, this is another case of green energy outsourcing and a taxpayer bailout, which are clear violations of the 2009-Recovery Act as well as the Energy Department's Loan Guarantee Program.

This is a taxpayer-funded solar project, by the way, that created 15 permanent jobs, which "adds up to the equivalent of $80 million in taxpayer money for each job."

Also, behind this billion-dollar DOE deal, crony capitalism, once again, ruled the day. Other than these indirect ties to Total SA, both SunPower and NRG Energy have meaningful political connections to President Obama and other high-ranking Democrats, of which have been documented a few times: First in my October 2012 report (troubled green energy projects); then in my February 2013, "Citigroup’s Massive 'Green' Money Machine;" and later in my March 2013 Green Corruption File on the left-wing billionaire, George Soros.


Climate Change as urgent as ISIS and Ebola 

Sadly, the Democrats continually prey on the ignorance, confusion and vulnerabilities of American voters, while deploying hyperbole, cover-upsoutright lies, and a series of dirty tactics in order to steal elections –– even voter fraud. Instead of uniting our nation based on truth, the Democrat Party divides via their manufactured "war on woman" as well as pimping race, class, and even religious warfare.

In the case of climate change (global warming or global cooling), the White House, high-ranking Democrats and their minions engage in hype and fear mongering, placing this movement on the world stage "as big a threat as terrorism, poverty, and weapons of mass destruction."

As of late Secretary of State John Kerry, the Dem Climate Hawk that is (was?) also a player inside this massive green energy scam, warned that "climate change is as urgent as ISIS and Ebola." Maybe that's why ISIS is thriving and the Ebola virus arrived in the United States on September 20th.

Adding to the insanity, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. –– another liberal who refuses to change his Eco-lifestyle, but is "one of climate change’s loudest activists –– wants a law to punish global warming skeptics." The Washington Examiner reported on his Eco-fascists mentality when it was recorded in an interview with Climate Depot during New York City’s People’s Climate March, of which he, too, took the opportunity to demonize the Koch Brothers.

Known as “Bobby K," Mr. Kennedy has more than just Eco-radical comments at stake. Kennedy, a partner and Senior Adviser at Vantage Point Capital Partners, was directly implicated in the BrightSource Energy $1.6 Billion shady DOE deal via internal Energy Department emails as well as via his VC Firm. Considering that there were a multitude of Obama and Senator Reid's pals involved, I've detailed this story many times –– and most recently in my November 2013 Green Corruption File, "Underneath Senator Harry Reid’s Clean-Energy Dirt: Career politician directly linked to over $3 billion in green energy stimulus loans."

In short, as of September 2013, I fount that VantagePoint's portfolio had at least nine clean-energy firms/projects, which includes three DOE loans, that came out winners in the 2009 "green" stimulus spending spree, totaling, at that time, about $3 billion. However, Bobby K is not too keen on the Cape Wind project (mentioned earlier in this post), labeling it a "rip-off," which recently snagged a $150 million Energy Department loan and is endorsed by his nephew Joseph Kennedy III. 

In the meantime, no climate event would be complete without the regular ECO- hypocrites. It turns out that Breitbart News spotted the following: "Former Vice President Al Gore made his exit from [the] climate change march in a Chevrolet Suburban SUV after speaking to reporters about renewable energy."

Even as Tom Steyer, the Eco-radicals, and ignorant Americans deny that the fact that the science is not settled, the Obama Regime continues to push, prioritize and pore what could topple hundreds of of billions of taxpayer money at their climate change mission.
The 2014 People's Climate Rally Drops Mask;
Admits Communists Agenda


This year’s global warming convention, which followed the march where the Earth People rallied to protect the Earth, but left in its wake a trail of trash, President Obama addressed the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit with more hype, deception and lies.

The president also announced "a series of executive actions to fight climate change" –– just adding to the long list of this administration's mandates, regulations, and executive orders that have already burdened American citizens, especially the poor.

Furthermore, no climate speech is complete without fear mongering. As the world spirals out of control from terrorism, instability to disease, poverty, and more, President Obama dramatically sounded more "alarm bells," declaring "the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate" as the key issue facing the globe today.

This election "hope and change" is dead; clime change is alive –– and that should alarm all Americans. But the "midterm election bogeyman" billionaire Steyer is not the only villain we should fear, because he's not the only liberal Uber-rich individual that has hijacked our environment. Beware of the crooked politicians, the left-wing extremists and Eco-cults who are fueled by greed, power and ignorance.

Climate change is not a movement, it is a radical agenda that has nothing to do with “saving the planet," but aims to bring about global governance, redistribute the wealth, and put the progressive movement –– big government, social justice and the death of capitalism –– on the fast track in order to usher in a very dark and destructive political system, leading its Earth People and those of us unwilling Americans into the abyss.


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Liberal Billionaire Tom Steyer: Dems' 'Cash for Climate Change'


Meet the latest wealthy political powerhouse, California liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who has emerged as an environmental hero and major source of cash for Democrats. 

This is not just any Big-Bucks liberal. He's the extremely successful hedge-fund manager with oil and coal investments, turned ferocious climate change crusader, and is the notorious, outspoken opponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

He is directly linked to the powerful left-wing think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) –– the dark, driving force behind President Obama's massive green energy scheme.

Steyer is two-time Obama bundler, a 2008 Obama "consultant," and a frequent White House visitor. In 2012, Steyer was handpicked to make a cameo appearance at the Democratic National Convention and was even on the short-list to replace the departing Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

A darling of the Washington Post, they've label him as "the man that has Obama's ear when it comes to energy and climate change. Steyer is helping drive policy in Washington."

Even though he made a fortune in oil and coal, he's aligned himself with the president's "war on coal." As John Hinderaker at Power Line  appropriately puts it: "Tom Steyer was for coal before he was against it."

Additionally, his former mega-firm Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C. (“Farallon”) has an invested interest in a rival pipeline that would compete with Keystone.

Steyer is a also big financial supporter for Greener Capital [now EFW Capital], a venture firm that invests in renewable energy, of which, so far, at least two of their green energy firms have snagged millions of free stimulus funds, Energy Department grants, and Department of Defense contracts.

While he has been a strong and consistent Democrat donor for some time (occasionally to Republicans), as of late, Mr. Steyer has set his sights and tons of cash on the 2014 midterms, supporting Democrats who are partaking in his "war on climate change," while attacking Republicans he deems unfriendly to the environment.


Steyer's "Cash for Climate Change" machine

In April 2013, Steyer told The Hill that he was pledging “to make climate change a campaign issue for years to come…” The Hill, at that time, also released some strong language from the California billionaire:
"The goal here is not to win. The goal here is to destroy these people. We want a smashing victory,” Steyer said of candidates he judges to be on the wrong side of the climate change debate.
Those following the "green" money know that Steyer’s impact was felt not so long ago when he “spent millions on the 2013 Massachusetts Senate and Virginia governor’s races, helping Democrats Ed Markey and Terry McAuliffe prevail,” reported POLITICO. And, by the way, both Markey and McAuliffe have their own green corruption tails.

About that same time (2013), Steyer founded NextGen Climate, whereas by February 2014, he laid out what The Guardian headlined as his “$100 million midterm attack on climate change deniers,” catapulting him “as a major player in the growing world of money and politics,” heralded POLITICO.

This despite the Left’s outrage over the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United, as well as their bickering over money in politics –– with Majority Leader Harry Reid continually disgracing the senate floor with his "billionaire Koch Brothers" rubbish.

Even President Obama, "who long cast himself as an ardent opponent of big money in politics," scolded the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance reform during his 2010 State of the Union address. Worse is the Democrat's utter hypocrisy, denial and outright lies over their connection to huge amounts of Dark Money –– a fact that has been proven many times over inside this green energy scheme, and more dramatically in my July post on SolarCity on how the president's green revolution, using taxpayer money, is continually subsidizing millionaires and billionaires.

Recently, the Washington Examiner took notice, stating that Steyer's NextGen Climate Action PAC, “is currently playing in seven states — Senate races in Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Michigan, along with gubernatorial contests in Pennsylvania, Florida and Maine. All the targets are Republicans.”

Sure enough, NextGen's election senate targets are:
  • Cory Gardner of Colorado
  • Joni Ernst of Iowa
  • Scott Brown of New Hampshire
  • Terri Lynn Land of Michigan

The gubernatorial targets, which are are all incumbents include the following:
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott
  • Maine Gov. Paul LePage
Still, Steyer and his minions are not only waging war on the 2014 midterms, but they aim to shape the 2016 presidential election...and beyond.


NextGen Attack Ads Against Gov Rick Scott fails truth test and omits the clean-energy dirt

At the beginning of August, Steyer's NextGen released two new Florida television ads attacking Governor Rick Scott "over his ties to wealthy energy interests," reported the SaintPetersBlog. 

Unfortunately for those running this Eco-Super Pac, prior to unleashing these smear campaigns, they failed to do their homework.

While Politifact rates the ad entitled "Shock," accusing Scott of "gleaning campaign funds from corporate polluters and energy interests that stiff customers," as "half true," this smear tactic didn't sit well with Scott's camp. Fox News reported that Scott "had his lawyer get a cease-and-desist order against it at a local Fort Myers television station. The ad was pulled."

The "corporate polluters" in question are none other than Duke Energy. But the real shock is what the ad omits: Jim Rogers, the Chairman of Duke Energy, happens to be a top Obama supporter and donor. And Mr. Rogers made a special appearance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention along with three other wealthy "green cronies" that are tied to billions of stimulus funds, including... wait for it...Tom Steyer.

In fact, Duke Energy and its CEO's participation in the Dem's 2012 convention was vast: a contributor, creditor, and co-host –– as Rogers graced the stage with a speech (as did Steyer), taking his place as a “grandfather, to lay the groundwork for a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

Another NextGen Climate ad called "Secret" aims at Governor Scott's apparent ties to Big Sugar that was recently chronicled at SaintPetersBlog –– an ad that accuses "Scott of hunting for campaign contributions."

From what I gather, this story stems from a "secret garden" that involves funding from "U.S. Sugar, Florida Crystals and Florida Power & Light," with claims that "all are direct beneficiaries of Scott’s policies."

Needless to say, with a slogan that actually surmises Tom Steyer's political wheeling and dealing –– "Sweet deals for the Powerful Few" –– the ad doesn't mention Florida Power and Light (FLP). What the ad neglects to acknowledge (maybe they don't know) is that this large electricity company is a big beneficiary of President Obama's policies and the supporting funds –– more directly from the 2009-Recovery Act, commonly known as the stimulus package, whereas $100 billion was earmarked for renewable energy. 

In October 2009, FPL was awarded the maximum stimulus grant amount of $200 million for Energy Smart Miami, which is a customer of Silver Spring Networks –– an investment of three Big Venture Capital firms with political friends in high places: Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins (John Doerr and Al Gore) and Google, which has cashed in big time from the stimulus package.

Moreover, FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, which is the third largest power company in the world, and whose CEO Lewis Hay was close to the White House for some time as a member of the president's job's council. NextEra ended up becoming the third largest recipient of the Department of Energy risky stimulus loans, which includes these two projects: Desert Sunlight for $1.2 billion and Genesis Solar for $681.6 million.

And that's not all: NextEra was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit, and they also snagged wind energy and other stimulus grants. This information and more can be found in my January 2013 Green Corruption File.

NextGen Climate also failed to mention that while Mr. Hay and FPL have a long history of political contributions (mostly Republicans), they had a very “cozy relationship” (even a 2008 wedding guest as well as 2009 donations) with career politician former Governor Charlie Crist —the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, that recently won his primary, and is now running against Governor Rick Scott.

You can't make this stuff up... 

Still, the Florida attack ads are just a sample of their handy work. Billionaire Steyer's climate change machine is also targeting New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, "linking him" to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and the oil industry.

But what makes this comical (other than the billionaire rivalry) is that while Steyer recently "bought Harry Reid," these two (Reid and Steyer) are also fundraising pals and partners in killing the Keystone pipeline. Moreover, as Steyer emerges as "the face of the liberal equivalent of the Koch brothers," Reid is the same senator that has been on a "jihad" against the Koch brothers for some time –– with Reid also the career politician directly linked to over $3 billion in green energy stimulus loans.

Oh the irony of green energy and its confused advocates...

Meanwhile the folks at Power Line are keeping tabs on Steyer and his campaign cash, labeling NextGen Climate as “a global warming scare group, peddling pitiful science”–– and it seems that as of late, there's trouble in paradise.

But Steyer is not only using his climate change machine to sway elections, he's spending big bucks in a "Bid to Rescue Democrats' Majority," headlined the National Journal last month. According to American City Business Journals (and documented by the Center for Responsive Politics), "Steyer leads the list of individuals who have donated the most to congressional candidates, parties and political action committees so far during the 2014 election cycle," placing that figure over $20.4 million to "Democratic and leftist causes."


Steyer's Influence: Another Big Green corruption villain

Money talks, but when you ad influence into the equation, it's even more powerful, marking Mr. Steyer as another "green corruption villain” that I've been following for a while –– even highlighting some of his involvement on September 2012, March 2013, September 2013 and March 2014.

Although the beginning of this Green Corruption File presented an enticing brief bio on the billionaire from California, here's a look at some notable and more detailed points. 

Center for American Progress: Donor, board member & more 

Mr. Steyer has been active in politics for some time, but what's interesting is that he has strong and expensive connections to the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), who is closely aligned with the Obama administration –– even with CAP taking over key White House positions.

In their February 27, 2014 gushing spread of Steyer, the Washington Post shares a "look back at some of his most notable forays into American politics," which goes as far back as the '70s and '80s. The New Yorker even notes, "In 2004, Steyer raised significant funds for John Kerry, and in 2008 for Hillary Clinton" –– only to eventually end up as a two-time Obama bundler.

As of late, at Senator Harry Reid's annual energy conference in Las Vegas, the former Secretary of State Clinton and the likely 2016 Democratic frontrunner for president made her voice known with this statement: "Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face."  

Nevertheless what's relevant at this juncture is this: "Before Steyer got very involved in congressional races and ballot measures, he was already a generous donor to CAP, giving millions to the organization since its founding in 2003." The Post also notes that "Steyer is currently on CAP's board, and co-wrote an op-ed with John Podesta, the think tank's chair and founder, and a White House special advisor since last December."

Just days after Steyer's $100 million bounty, he met with White House climate adviser Mr. Podesta… –– a meeting that "marked Steyer’s twelfth visit to the Obama White House," POLITICO reported.

As revealed by the Washington Free Beacon, also in attendance at that meeting were none other than the liberal billionaire George Soros (another big CAP donor and green corruption villain) as well as "Michael Vachon, a top Soros lieutenant.” Additionally, The Beacon alerts, "Both Steyer and Soros are also involved with the shadowy left wing donor network the Democracy Alliance, which has steered large sums to CAP, one of its top dark money beneficiaries."

Those paying attention to President Obama's late 2013 pick of Podesta to serve as his "executive power czar" could read the tealeaves: We are smack dab in the middle of a climate change shift like no other. But Podesta and CAP have been in full operation inside this climate plot for some time as the dark, driving force behind the president’s massive green energy scheme.


Obama's Green Billionaire Bundler Buddy and Big Dem Fundraiser

Like most of the green corruption villains, Steyer, the Big Oil investor (American and abroad), is a two-time Obama bundler, whose carbon footprint is massive. As documented by the Heritage Foundation in 2012 and according to the New York Times, Steyer “said he had spent time consulting with the Obama administration after last November’s [2008] election.”

Moreover, "like most prominent Obama fundraisers, Steyer has enjoyed relatively easy access to the White House," and as of the summer of 2012, it was reported that "he had met with senior White House officials in the West Wing on at least four occasions." Additionally (as noted in the intro), Steyer was even handpicked to make a cameo appearance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention –– along with three other wealthy Obama green cronies:
  • Steve Spinner: Obama Bundler and Former DOE Loan Programs Advisor
  • Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner of The Westly Group: Obama Bundler Serving on Energy Secretary Chu's Advisory Board
  • Jim Rogers, Chairman of Duke Energy: DNC Host and Obama Donor
Even though this scoop was covered in my post, "Obama’s Green Cronies Made DNC Cameo: Bundlers and Big Donors Tied to Billions of Stimulus Funds," it's worth repeating that Mr. Steyer opened his DNC speech with a Romney tax joke; then quickly moved to his green energy pitch and President Obama's vision:
"This is about investing for the long haul, not for a quick-and-dirty buck," Steyer proclaimed.
It's important to reiterate that at the time of this DNC speech, Steyer was the senior managing partner of Farallon –– the firm that he founded, which made him extremely wealthy with oil and coal investments (quick and dirty bucks?) that will be addressed in the next section.

By January 2013, there were rumors circulating that Steyer was being considered as a possible secretary of Energy in the second Obama administration.

Obviously that didn't happen; that job went to Dr. Ernest Moniz. Yet, that hasn't stopped Steyer from influence with the Obama administration's energy policy, regulations, and most likely in stalling the Keystone pipeline decision.

Besides Steyer's campaign cash, he has "considerable influence in the White House," pointed out the Washington Post in February 2013. From Steyer's wealth and political connections that have "played a critical behind-the-scenes role in helping shape the country’s national energy policy” to the fact that "he has spoken with President Obama about how to pursue climate and energy policy in a second term."

In February 2014, The Post acknowledged that "[Steyer] still holds Democratic Party fundraisers at his house, sometimes with the president visiting, sometimes with former vice presidents visiting, always raising lots of money."

In April 2013, Steyer hosted a high-dollar fundraiser for our Campaigner in Chief –– even defending the president's intrusive and expensive, yet futile efforts to save the planet.

This past February, the guest list included an appearance by former Vice President Al Gore, Majority Leader Harry Reid, other Democrats as well as some environmental groups. Of course, Reid, at that event, bashed the "billionaire fossil-fuel backers Charles and David Koch," however, not a peep on the source of Steyer's billions.


Big Oil Investor Steyer: Climate Change believer and benefactor

The New York Times, in 2011, shared some of Steyer's thoughts in addressing measures of climate change and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“It’s all about public health and clean air,” he said. “It’s all about creating new jobs and really what we’re fighting is self-interested dirty energy companies."
Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire and megabucks Obama bundler and Democrat donor that was also a Big Oil investor, may be a true believer in global warming, man-made and otherwise, but the hypocrisy is palpable –– very well chronicled in John Hinderaker's April 2014 masterpiece, "The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer."

But no matter how you slice it, Steyer has placed himself in a "win win" situation under the Obama administration, especially as they step on the gas with their climate change agenda, starting with the fact that Farallon has an invested interest in the rejection of the pipeline. Additionally, according to the Washington Free Beacon, "Farallon stands to profit from government policies that increase consumption of natural gas."

Finally, as a financial backer of Green Capital, now EFW Capital, which invests in alternative fuel companies, Steyer not only stands to benefit from the anti-oil policies of the Obama administration, but the tens of billion of subsidies being doled out to support green energy.

While, I'm confident there is much more to expose, the next few sections will briefly address the aforementioned key areas and how they fit into this rich story.

Farallon Capital Management

Farallon Capital Management, the investment firm that Steyer founded in 1986, "has grown to become one of the largest and most successful hedge funds in the United States with over $20bn in funds under management. Mr. Steyer’s net worth is reported to be $1.6bn," documents Hinderaker.

Mr. Steyer retired from Farallon in the fall of 2012 –– with some suggesting that this move was more political than ideological, because around that time he was being considered as Team Obama's second term Energy Secretary. 

Then around the time that Steyer started his Eco-Super-PAC, "he said in July 2013 that when he had left Farallon, which manages much of his estimated $1.6 billion wealth, he had instructed the fund to divest his holdings in fossil fuels," reported Reuters.   

However, in the same May 2014 piece by Reuters, they note the following: "But he [Steyer] has provided few details of the extent of those fossil fuel investments or how he profited from them... Neither he nor Farallon has said whether that process has been completed."

Meanwhile, the Washington Post, this past June, in an e-mail interview with Steyer spokeswoman Heather Wong, were given the following information: ".... since directing Farallon to divest the coal and tar-sands holdings, Tom expanded the divestment directive to include all of his fossil fuel energy holdings and as of this month [June 2014] he will be divested out of fossil fuels all together."

Now, it's unclear where that process stands today (September 6, 2014), but in looking back at a 2013 Daily Caller report, one of his investments stands out: That would be British Petroleum, the oil and gas giant, that according to POLITICO in 2010, was a huge 2008 Obama donor.

In a 2011 article by The Street, they noted the following: "Thomas Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist and founder of hedge fund Farallon Capital Management, initiated a stake in BP, the oil company responsible for the April 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico."

What's interesting is that in 2001, BP began re branding to Beyond Petroleum (BP), and for a while they were heavily in the "green" business via BP Alternative Energy (biofuels, wind and solar). However, in the spring of 2013, BP switched gears and started abandoning renewable energy.

Still, that was after BP had snagged millions in "green" funds from the Obama administration, which I began to unravel in April 2013 due the fact that BP is in cahoots with Sempra Energy, the winner of a $337 million Energy Department stimulus loan for the Mesquite Solar Project in Arizona. BP, at that time too, was part of all five of Sempra's wind projects.

BP Alternative Energy is also an investor in BrightSource Energy, which was the winner of a $1.6 billion DOE stimulus loan that involves CAP corporate donors, a slew of additional Obama cronies, including George Soros, Department of Energy insiders as well as Senator Harry Reid that I tackled a few times –– more recently in my November 16, 2013 Green Corruption File.

Besides BP, "among the oil and gas companies that Steyer and Farallon financed and got rich from were Energy Partners, Ltd., Link Energy LLC, Halcon Resources Corporation, Devx Energy, Inc., and a gold mining company named Global Gold Corporation," recently recorded by Darwin Bond-Graham at CounterPunch.org –– yet other oil interests can be found at Power Line's "Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer" as well as Reuter's "From black to green: U.S. billionaire's 'Road to Damascus.'"


The Keystone XL Pipeline conflict

Ironically, Steyer, the climate change crusader, made his fortune in what environmentalists deem as "dirty energy" (oil and coal), but also in natural gas and pipelines. As reported by the Daily Caller in 2013, "According to SEC filings for the first quarter of 2013, Farallon has invested more than $300 million in companies that develop onshore and offshore U.S. assets and pipelines, including Halcon Resources, Kinder Morgan and Plains Exploration."

It turns out that "One of Farallon's biggest holdings is in U.S. pipeline company Kinder Morgan, which has plans to expand a major competitor to the Keystone XL Pipeline Project — the TransMountain pipeline," noted Investors.com  –– with more insight at the Washington Free Beacon's "Keystone to the Kingdom."

So, it makes sense that "Steyer has mounted an extensive campaign to kill Keystone" –– even using his $100 million political ploy to attack those that support Keystone, while helping elect those (Democrats) who oppose it.

Back in October 2013, Steyer joined two of his fellow CAP friends –– Carol Browner and Van Jones, both former "czars" from Obama's Green Team –– on a panel at CAP’s 10th Anniversary Policy Conference. This is where Browner predicted the following: “There will be some twists and turns” in the political debate over the pipeline, but "at the end of the day, he [Obama] is going to say no."

Meanwhile, The Post, in their June 2014 softball e-mail interview with Steyer spokeswoman Heather Wong, reported that Steyer is planning on donating "100% of his personal profits from Farallon Capital’s investments in Kinder Morgan."

But the catch is that, despite clearing a major hurdle, the Keystone decision has been delayed for political reasons. Still, the Denver Post alerted last month: "There won't be another Senate vote on Keystone before the election because majority leader Harry Reid [Steyer's pal] won't allow one with some Democrats up for re-election in Keystone-friendly states."

Greener Capital

In late 2012, the Daily Signal noted that Steyer has been "an aggressive activist for more federal environmental regulation and taxpayer backing for green energy companies" –– even "consulting with the Obama administration after last November’s [2008] election."

Even though this "consulting gig" was already mentioned earlier in this post, what's key here is not only Steyer's push for "green" regulations and taxpayer funds, but also his influence with Team Obama that dates as far back as late 2008. 

While Steyer "has contributed millions to charitable organizations that work on climate change issues," according to The Hill, he's also a "big financial supporter for Greener Capital [now EFW Capital], a venture firm that invests in renewable energy endeavors" –– an firm that directly benefits from the regulations and taxpayer cash Steyer has been pushing for.

Forbes, in their 2011 profile of Mr. Steyer, reported that Charlie Finney runs Greener Capital. And according to Mr. Finnie's bio: "In 2008 Charlie founded Greener Capital Partners, the predecessor firm to EFW Capital, focusing on energy, food, and water innovation."

Also an Investment Partner at EFW is Scott Jacobs, whom prior to EFW, "he co-founded and helped lead McKinsey & Company’s global CleanTech practice." What's interesting is that folks from McKinsey & Company have been found inside the president's former Jobs Council as well as the clean-energy dirt, including, but not limited to DOE insiders such as Jonathan Silver, the former executive director of the Energy Department’s Loan Guarantee Program as well as Matt Rogers, the former senior adviser to then-Energy Secretary Chu. However, I have yet to connect the dots to what some refer to as The Firm, which even leads to a Clinton.

Unfortunately, I was unable to locate an entire "green portfolio," but EFW claims that "Greener Capital has 12 portfolio companies, and Charlie sits on the boards of Sungevity, Electratherm, Project Frog, and PeoplePower."

What stands out is Sungevity, which develops remote solar designs and installation services for home solar electric systems. After some digging, I discovered that Greener Capital is a major investor in Sungevity, participating in three sounds –– all beginning in September 2009.

1. $6m / Sep 22, 2009 - Round Details
2. $15m / Dec 15, 2010 -- Series C with 2 other investors 
3. $12m / January 16, 2012 -- Series D with 2 other investors 

In December 2012, news hit casting a shadow over a trio of solar firms –– SolarCity, SunRun Inc., and Sungevity: They were under investigation for potentially inflating costs in order to draw down more money from a stimulus-funded loan program. But the kicker is that "all three boast investors with significant ties to the Obama White House," wrote the The Daily Signal. Translation: all three have friends in high places. 

While it's unclear where that investigation landed, all three of these firms are also members of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) –– a renewable energy lobby powerhouse that had significant influence over the 2009-stimulus package, and the $100 billion green energy earmark. (NOTE: ACORE and all the other "Stimulus Authors" that benefited from the stimulus funds that I uncovered were detailed in my October 2013 Green Corruption File).

As of the end of 2013, Sungevity had snagged 14 federal stimulus grants from the 1603 Program for "solar electricity" that ranges across 8 states, totaling over $12 million tax dollars. But after a bit of digging, two more green companies from Steyer's Greener Capital portfolio are benefiting from the Obama administration's green push and cash:
  1. ElectraTherm is the maker of the "Green Machine," which according to their site, "produces fuel-free, emission-free power from low grade waste heat using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and proprietary technology." In an April 2011 Town Hall in Reno, Nevada –– hosted by ElectraTherm –– they got a "special shout out" by the president. It seems too that this green company also snagged "approximately $1 million in Department of Defense contracts and a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy." 
  2. Project Frog, a company that seems to be in the business of helping to "create beautiful and energy-efficient buildings," has its share of projects surrounding private deals. However, they have also been winning tons of public contracts such as the one announced on February 26, 2013: Project Frog Wins the Company’s Largest Public School Contract to Date." The question is: who's paying for all those public contracts? 

From the 2009-Recovery Act's $100 billion green energy earmark, to the "Climate Action Plan"... and all the way to the newly proposed climate change treaty that could catapult President Obama to a "virtual dictator"


As I've been alerting over and over... the Obama administration's deceptive and expensive climate change agenda has cost American taxpayers at least $150 billion, which factors in both stimulus and non-stimulus funds –– with the majority fueled by crony capitalism, corruption, outsourcing and failure.

Along the way, the this administration has continually fired up new climate legislation, rules, regulations, and mandates, which benefit special interest groups while adversely affecting American families.

More interesting to the Steyer story is that last July it was revealed by The Daily Mail that "environmentalists were allowed to draft Obama's White House energy policy." In particular, is "one of America's richest environmental activist groups," the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that is indirectly tied to the liberal billionaire via money (the “Billionaires’ Club”) and influence.

The policy here is the president's 2012 aggressive and controversial Climate Action Plan, which calls for more clean-energy spending and environmental power –– with the majority being crammed through via executive fiat or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the form of regulations, and all without Congressional input.

In December 2009, the Obama administration decided to go through the EPA to move their climate change agenda via the Clean Air Act, ruling, “greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment.”

This past June, the EPA "announced a plan that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution standards limits for America’s existing power plants." According to CBS DC News:
The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s plan to fight climate change without going through Congress, the rules seek to limit carbon emissions from power plants, which form the largest single source of heat-trapping greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Administration officials say the rules will give states reduction goals, then allow flexibility for states to meet those standards through an array of means and offsets.
This is part of what they call the "Clean Power Plan," of which in realty is the Left's way of enacting sort of a cap and trade system. This was a piece of legislation that was shot down by the House in 2009, yet in August 2010, I had warned that they wouldn't let go:
With so much at stake for many in this Climate Scam, even if the planet blows up, they will get their cap-and-trade, or a version of it –– a legislation that they helped create, shape, facilitate, lobby, testify, and will continue to push for because at the end of the day, they will ultimately benefit from it –– big time!
The latest data on what this means to the economy can be found at the Daily Signal here in this commentary: "Obama Is Bypassing Congress Again. This Time It's Going to Cost You." And keep in mind that candidate Obama in 2008, warned, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."

But that's not the end, because the Eco-Rich are just getting warmed up: In June, the former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, and Thomas Steyer, released a 56-page report entitled “Risky Business,” which warned that the planet is doomed in 15 years.

However, Dan Kish, senior vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), asserts that this report "is just another attempt by economic and political elites to impose a carbon tax on Americans." It turns out that Kish also told CNSNews.com: “They [these three billionaires] want taxes and more control in Washington, and they aren’t going to let the facts get in their way...”

Another sign came at the end of August when Tim Devaney at The Hill alerted that we should expect “the Obama administration to continue issuing controversial [environmental] rules through the midterm elections, despite the political risk it could pose for Democrats.” Moreover, Devaney followed up with this news: "Obama pushes green standards for everything but the kitchen sink."

As the Obama Regime continues their fear mongering campaign, heralding, "Climate change is as big a threat to the world as terrorism, poverty, and weapons of mass destruction," they've even placed it ahead of the dire issues facing our Nation as well as the chaos that has enveloped the world.

But don't fret, because on August 26, 2014, the president turned global warming into global dominance (which was the plan all along) when the New York Times reported this: "The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress."

While this tyrannical maneuver could very well catapult Obama into a "virtual dictator," politically it isn't sitting well with "vulnerable Democrats" nor with some of the left leaning media –– and conservative pundits came out swinging. Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer slammed the idea, which is reported to be a push to reduce carbon emissions across the globe by some sort of "shaming system." Breitbart News quoted Krauthammer's reaction, where he not only called it incredibly stupid, but also "explained why he viewed the pursuit as being based upon 'adolescent idealism' and suggested that it wouldn’t work."

Meanwhile, James Delingpole from Breitbart London wasn't so kind in his piece, "Obama –– the Al Capone of Climate Change –– launches his next assault on democracy, the Constitution and the US economy."

Needless to say, for years now I've been warning that behind Green Corruption (clean energy; dirty money) are much deeper and more sinister motives –– even penning the following: 
Alarmingly, our environment has been hijacked by uber-rich individuals, crooked politicians, and an assortment of left wing extremists who are fueled by greed and power attached to a radical agenda to bring about “global governance,” “redistribute the wealth,” and put the progressive movement –– big government, social justice and the death of capitalism –– on the fast track. Under the guise of “saving the planet,” these players, who are all interconnected in a variety of ways, are transforming our climate into something more sinister –– a scam of epic proportions.

In closing… 

The NextGen Climate mission statement is this: “We act politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Working at every level, we are committed to supporting candidates, elected officials and policymakers across the country that will take bold action on climate change—and to exposing those who deny reality and cater to special interests.”

Disingenuous at best, because the entire climate change scam and the "green revolution" is run by one big special interest group: those with access and influence. More specifically, the left wing ultra-rich that know how to play the game, starting with, but not excluded to dishing out hundreds of millions in cash in order to buy an election –– and all under the guise of “saving the planet,” just like Tom Steyer and the rest of the millionaires, billionaires, corporations as well as the eco-fascists and hypocrites behind the mask.

Most important is that while "Cash for Clunkers" (a Van Jones idea) cost jobs and the economy over $4 billion, the consequences that Steyer's "Cash for Climate Change" machine will have if it succeeds during this next and critical election cycle will be catastrophic.

Even so, Steyer, his puppets and accomplices, while insisting that the "science is settled," are attempting to also destroy the debate on climate change –– but is it global warming or is the planet cooling? This too would be detrimental to our nation, because like Krauthammer, "I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier." But the truth is: the science is not settled.