Sunday, January 3, 2016

The 2016 GOP Omnibus Betrayal: Lots of liberal gifts; plus U.S. president’s clean energy scheme and U.N. climate racket thrive inside massive spending binge


AP Photo of President Obama
& Rep. Paul Ryan found at Breitbart News 
Just before Christmas, our lawmakers –– both the House and the Senate –– passed a massive, 2000-plus page spending bill that nobody read, which is estimated to cost American taxpayers $1.1 trillion (some place it as high as $2 trillion) in order to keep our big government running for just the next year.

According to Reuters, "in a low-key Oval Office ceremony" (December 18, 2015), the bill was signed into law by President Obama, who gave "kudos" to both Republican Speaker Paul Ryan and former-Speaker John Boehner "for helping him get through the year without a government shutdown and for funding his legislative priorities," noted Breitbart News. 


But let's go back a day earlier when POLITICO was amazed by the omnibus, which was reflected in their December 17, 2105 headline: "Congress' half-trillion-dollar spending binge: Budget austerity takes a back seat as the House passes nearly $700 billion in unpaid-for tax cuts."

POLITICO also noted the following:
...But on Capitol Hill this week, just hours before they jet away for the holidays, the GOP-led Congress is going on a $680 billion spending spree — none of which will be paid for by budget cuts or other tax offsets. And all of which will be added to the national debt, according to budget watchdogs.

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The Betrayal

While this legislation is jammed-packed with liberal gifts, there are two big dirty deals that also thrived inside this massive spending binge: the continued financing of President Obama's clean energy scheme and funding the U.N. climate racket ($500 million for now), both of which are costing American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars that will be tackled later in this Green Corruption File.

Yet, stay tuned for a PART TWO that will expose just one clean energy program that has already dished out $24.5 billion of FREE taxpayer money:  "1603 Green Energy Grant Program: Billions of free taxpayer cash flowing to foreign firms and President Obama's wealthy friends."

First we have to address the elephant in the room: Our new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who was endorsed by some on the right to replace John Boehner, in his first major legislative achievement has ticked off many of us on the right as we deem it as an act of betrayal to the American people.

And, the devil is in the details.

First is that the 2016 Omnibus "violates every promise that Republicans made to the voters who rewarded them with landslide victories in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections," wrote columnist at Townhall.com, Phyllis Schlafly. 

Ms. Schlafly also recorded that "Democrats lost no time gloating over what [Democrat Senator] Chuck Schumer hailed as a 'great victory for the principles Democrats stand for.'"

What's very disturbing is that this spending binge not only finances, but in some cases advances numerous liberal causes, abuses and disgraces that conservatives have been rallying against for years. These include, but are not limited to, Sanctuary Cities, a slew of other illegal immigration programs and lawless legislation –– all without ensuring the safety of American citizens and securing our border.

Then there's the continued funding for the "Evil Billion-Dollar Empire Planned Parenthood," whose CEO Cecile Richards' annual salary exceeds $500 million ("$590,928 if you include retirement contributions, bonuses and pay from affiliated organizations," noted the New York Times), that is not only in the abortion business, but sells aborted baby parts.

The comical part is that "it increases the annual budget for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), despite that agency's documented record of abusive misconduct toward tea party conservatives," noted Ms. Schlafly. 

Details of the aforementioned and more can be found at Breitbart NewsThe Hill, The Daily SignalTownhall.com, as well as Republican Senator Jeff Sessions' senate floor speech in opposition to the 2016 omnibus bill (here and video left).

As usual: Negotiated behind closed doors, this spending and tax break package includes plenty of giveaways to the left's political pals such as green energy, unions and more.

Moreover, POLITICO notes that "there’s something from everybody’s wish list: breaks for energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings; deductions for business office furniture, computers and machines; tax savings for the film and TV industries and rum producers in the Caribbean; and even tax perks for owning a racehorse or two-wheeled plug-in electric car."

Even as The Hill reported that the omnibus bill unveiled by Congress "was followed by months of lobbying by industry and public interest groups and weeks of intense negotiations on Capitol Hill," it turns out that according to Peter Schweizer, New York Times best-selling author of many blockbuster books, including Throw Them All Out and Clinton Cash, it was "four lawmakers and many lobbyists that wrote the omnibus."

Based on an interview that Senator Sessions had with talk show host Lars Larson on December 18, 2015, Schweizer surmised the following:
The ugly work that went into the massive pork-filled omnibus spending bill snaking its way through congress is now starting to be exposed. 
And it’s not for the faint at heart. Members of congress had little input in the bill and didn’t even in many cases know what was in it.
Schweizer continues:
According to Sessions, lawmakers found out what was in the bill by talking to lobbyists, who had a better idea than they did as to what was being included in the bill. “No member of even the House and Senate knew what was going on...
Sessions went on to note that basically four members of congress put the deal together without consulting their colleagues.

As usual: With the threat of a government shutdown hanging over their head (more like blackmail), our lawmakers, as in the past and along side then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, had to pass the bill without reading it, so that we can find out what’s in it.


The House 

Yep, on Friday, December 18, 2015, the massive omnibus passed the GOP-led House easily in a 316-113 vote, whereas according to the Washington Examiner, "Republicans voted 150-95 on the measure. And it was an easy choice for Democrats, who voted 166-18 in favor of the deal."

Didn't Mr. Ryan get the memo that we have a national debt that is fast approaching $19 trillion?

Didn't he get the message that there has been a grassroots movement to suppress Big Government and get our fiscal house in order? 

Obviously, it doesn't matter to Speaker Ryan and the Republican leadership that this movement and voters that are tired of our nations' "out of control" direction are what helped Republicans seize control of both the House (2010) and the Senate (2014).

In fact, in 2010, when the Democrat Party took a shellacking with Republicans picking up between 60 and 70 seats in a resounding rebuke to President Obama and his agenda, House Minority Leader  "John Boehner was moved to tears when he addressed a crowd of supporters in Washington," reported ABC News.

At that time, Mr. Boehner, who was predicted to take the gavel from Speaker Pelosi, during his 2010 tearful speech to the American people ("Not a Time for Celebration"), and in front of the slogan "A Pledge to America," which was the platform unleashed in September 2010 that helped Republicans win the House, made many vows: 

Frankly this is not a time for celebration. Not when one out of ten of our fellow citizens is out of work, not when we buried our children under a mountain of debt, and not when our Congress  is held in such low esteem. This is a time to roll up our sleeves, a time to look forward with determination, and to take the first steps towards building a better future for our kids and grand kids.  

Across the country right now, we are witnessing a repudiation of Washington. A repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the American people...

This is a time to seize that moment and make sure your voice is heard. To reject the spending sprees, the bailouts, the back room deals, the takeovers and all the nonsense and to join your fellow Americans in putting Washington on notice. Because for far too long Washington has been doing what's best for Washington not what's best for the American people. And tonight that begins to change. 

With their voices the American people are demanding a new way forward in Washington. I'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority will be prepared to do things differently. To take a new approach that hasn't been tried in Washington before, by either party. It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it. Reducing the size of government instead of increasing it. And reforming the way congress works and giving the government back to the American people 

The American people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight, that message is -- change course. We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course, and to commit to making changes that they are demanding. And to the extent that he is willing to do that, we are ready to work with him. But make no mistake, the president will find in our new majority the voice of the American people as they have expressed it tonight. Standing on principle, checking Washington's power, and leading the drive to a smaller, less costly and more accountable government here in Washington, DC. These are the principles our new majority will stand for. 

And we hope that, Mr. President, you will stand with us in the hard work that lies ahead. Because we are humbled by the trust the American people have placed in us and we recognize that with the stress comes the responsibility to listen –– and listen we will. 

Let's start right now by recognizing that this is not a time for celebration, it is a time to roll up our sleeves and go to work. We can -- we can celebrate when small businesses begin hiring again. We can celebrate when the spending binge here in Washington has stopped. We can celebrate when we have a government that has earned the trust of the people that it serves. when we have a government that honors the Constitution and stands up for the values that have made America. Things like economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility... 

Did you catch that? "We can celebrate when the spending binge here in Washington has stopped."

Well, keep those champagne bottles corked, because we're in for a long haul in dealing with the insanity going on in Washington DC! 

Even so, as criticism erupted over this funding fiasco, a defiant Speaker Ryan defended his massive spending deal, which was recorded by the Washington Times:
“In divided government, you don’t get everything you want,” Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “So we fought for as much as we could get. We advanced our priorities and principles. Not every single one of them, but many of them. And then we’re going to pick up next year and pick up where we left off and keep going for more.” 

Hmmm. I wonder what he fought for.

Big Oil for Baby Parts?

Obviously, Speaker Ryan, whom Phyllis Schlafly of Townhall.com described as "seeming well prepared to lead a newly energized house Republican majority toward reclaiming the power of the purse, which the framers of our Constitution vested in them," at this juncture, is NO different than the former speaker of the House. 

Schlafly adds: "Ryan has proved no better than his hapless predecessor, John Boehner, in cutting wasteful spending, reforming the tax system, defunding liberal interest groups, or instituting good conservative policies."

In fact, Boehner has continually caved into President Obama's liberal agenda, which is found here (2011), here (October 2013), here (February 2014), here (December 2014), here (March 2015), here (October 2015), as well as all the times in between that he capitulated to the whim of the Democrats, even as he exited his post. 

During Boehner's tenure, our "Capitulator in Chief" surrendered on an array of issues, which include, but are not limited to, President Obama's lawless executive orders, ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, religious liberty, the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, allowing funds to flow to Planned Parenthood as well as other conservative concerns such as fighting against the size and scope of our government and upholding the Constitution of the United States of America.

Photo from the Washington Times December 2014. 
So much for Speaker Boehner and House Republicans' "Pledge to America," which was supposed to "reaffirms Republicans’ commitment to principles of smaller, more accountable government; economic freedom; lower taxes; fiscal responsibility; protecting life, American values, and the Constitution; and providing for a strong national defense."

In fact, the House GOP has broken their "vows" many times over, including this current spending bill, which is not much different than what they did last year when they rushed the December 2014 Omnibus Bill.

Yep, the "$1.1 trillion spending bill, spanning 1,600 pages of legislative text and another 1,200 pages of explanation, was passed in just 48 hours," reported the Washington Times.

Maybe the "Republican House Pledge" had an expiration date. I don't know.

But what we do know is that just after his spending splurge, Speaker Ryan released his New Year’s resolutions for 2016, which includes his number one promise of "an aggressive, conservative agenda." However, Breitbart News cleverly noted the following in this  January 1, 2016 headline: "Paul Ryan Has Already Broken Most of His New Year’s Resolutions with Omnibus Betrayal." 


The Senate 

Remember in November 2014 when control of the Senate was ripped away from Senator Harry Reid, who had been in charge since 2007?

Well, Senator Mitch McConnell, who eventually became the Senate majority leader, during the course of thanking the people of Kentucky for his re-election victory, made the following statements:
For too long, for too long this administration has tried to tell the American people what’s good for them and then blamed somebody else when their policies didn't work out. Tonight, Kentucky rejected that approach. (Cheers, applause) Tonight Kentuckians said we can do better as a nation. (Cheers, applause) Tonight they said we can have real change in Washington. Real change. (Cheers, applause) And that's just what I intend to deliver. (Cheers, applause)

So, friends, tonight turns a corner. And the future I see is a bright one. Americans have seen that what the current crowd in Washington is offering is making us weaker both at home and abroad. They have had enough. (Cheers, applause)
 
Friends, this experiment in big government has lasted long enough. (Cheers, applause) It’s time to go in a new direction. (Cheers, applause) It's time to turn this country around. (Cheers, applause) And I will not let you down. Thank you so much.

However, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has given us more of the same: Another "Establishment RINO Leader" that is not only out for his own self interests and those of his donors, but has been towing the line of the Democratic Party, their cherished liberal programs as well as their big,  expensive, and intrusive government agenda.

This brings us to current conditions: The same day (Friday, December 18, 2015) that the House voted to pass the massive 2016 omnibus, the GOP-controlled Senate "voted overwhelmingly [65-33] in favor a $1.8 trillion package of spending bills and tax breaks, sending the legislation to President Obama’s desk for his signature," reported The Hill.

The Hill also documented Senator McConnell's delusion: He "hailed the vote as a major accomplishment fulfilling his 2014 campaign pledge to get the Senate back on track if voters gave Republicans control."
“But we’re proving that you can still get a lot done with a President from a different party,” McConnell said on the floor. “We’re proving you can actually enact significant, long-term reforms, achieve conservative policy goals, and get them signed into law.”

Conservative policy goals. Are you kidding me. What kind of Kool-Aid is McConnell drinking?

This spending binge is a disgrace with its price tag alone. Worse are the "dark forces" –– liberal and lawless policies –– that they are funding as well as the fact that they are feeding the beast: Big Government and its cronies, which is the total opposite of conservatism.

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh chimed in on this latest GOP failure: “The country was just sold down the river again by your very Republican Party,” Limbaugh declared. 

While I caught Limbaugh's rant on the radio live, "Truth in Media" reported on it here as well as Breitbart News here; however, it was the following that caught my attention, which is worth repeating:
"There is no Republican Party. … You know, we don’t even need a Republican Party if they’re going to do this..." “It is as though Nancy Pelosi still running the House and Senator Harry Reid is still running the Senate. ‘Betrayed’ is not even the word here. What has happened here is worse than betrayal. Betrayal is pretty bad – but it’s worse than that.”

Limbaugh is right: With this kind of crap going on, what the heck difference does a Republican Party make?

Since the GOP's two red victories, the Republican leadership, along with their promises, pledges, grand standing, and hot air, they have continued to show their true colors: towing the line of the blue party.


In fact, it's become abundantly clear that the Republican leadership and the long list of RHINO's (Republican-In-Name-Only) are NOT fighting for conservative causes –– even as simple as the battle for a smaller, less intrusive and expensive government. This is either because they are spineless or are part of the problem in the sense that they are "in on" the plot to bamboozle and fleece American taxpayers.

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The Clean Energy Dirty Deals 

But that's not all...
Windmill slaughter of birds photo from James Delingpole piece:  
Wind industry big lies no 3: wind turbines  are Eco-friendly 

First it is important to reiterate that President Obama’s "save the planet slush fund" has already costs American taxpayers over $200 billion and counting.

Worse is that the majority of these funds were used as political payback, while pumping up the president's and other high-ranking Democrats wealthy green cronies (bundlers, big donors and allies).

Money, by the way, that was doled out for green energy (clean, renewable, alternative) that is not so clean, green or cheap, but is expensive, unreliable and even deadly.

In fact, in its wake, green energy is responsible for the horrific bird genocide committed by Big Wind (at least "39 million birds and bats of all species annually in the United States alone"), while Big Solar is grossly executing birds mid-air at an alarming rate. Not to mention that those so-called "green cars" pushed by the left, especially those flying around on their private jets, are not all that safe

And what about the billions of biofuel bucks that was used to fund "not so shovel-ready" risky projects? What's interesting here is that despite the fact that some will argue that ethanol "can ruin car engines, it’s bad for the environment, and it raises taxes, gas and food prices," the Obama administration continues to dump millions of tax dollars into this fuel source.

Even as the president's green energy revolution and climate crusade –– a scam of epic proportions –– which carries debilitating rules, regulations, and mandates, as well as string of executive orders that benefit special interest groups while adversely affecting American families and hurting the poor, it is jammed-packed full of green corruption, corporate welfare and crony capitalism as well as waste, fraud and abuse. 

There are also piles of expensive bailouts and failures flushing tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer money down the ECO-Toilet. Along the way, environmental toxic messes have been left behind:  Solyndra and Abound Solar come to mind. Not to mention that we currently have a known looming and dangerous ECO-Disaster on our hands such as the Mojave Solar Plant here in California, which is a bombshell story that I exposed in 2014 and revisited again many times since that was made possible by the assistance of numerous brave whistleblowers.

Nevertheless, most Republicans seem to have forgotten that the GOP-led House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform prepared many reports and held numerous hearings that not only provided evidence that President Obama's clean energy agenda is a failure, but also exposed the corruption and deceit operating behind the scenes.

In case they forgot, some can be found here (September 2011), here (March 2012), here (May 2012), here (June 2012) and here (April 2013). 

Moreover, back in 2012, the powerful progressive organization, Center for American Progress (CAP), which happens to be the dark, driving force behind President Obama's clean energy scheme, hammered away at the GOP's "war on green energy." "Republicans have bullied the clean energy industry for months, pointing to flimsy evidence for why the government should slash funding for the industry," noted CAP. 

CAP even quoted some key Republicans:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the 1603 tax credit reimbursement program is a “Solyndra-style stimulus program.” “Listen, the American people continue to ask the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ They deserve answers, and they deserve the truth.” 
House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa called green jobs “propaganda” in a recent staff report. Issa also recently released a video making fun of the BLS’s broad definition for green jobs, calling them “groovy.”

We also have the Export-Import Crony Bank of the U.S. that dispenses hundreds of millions in "green loans" to foreign firms and friends that was recently revived, which is another big Republican failure. Yep, according to the Wall Street Journal, "[a] significant majorities in the House and Senate — including a majority of House Republicans — ultimately voted to restore the bank."

Still, despite all the GOP grand standing since 2010 via hearings, elections, newsletters and more, which has continually exposed the Obama administration's "Green Crony Failures," they even pledged to curtail the spending behind it. Yet, once again the GOP has failed to stop it or even slow it down.

But then again, some Republicans are in on the scam –– and we have to keep an eye out on where Republican presidential candidates stand on our government's intervention into green energy.

At any rate, in this new deal, we find that Big Oil, which plays both sides of the political isle, got a big boost, but also, as I had alluded to at the beginning of this post, there are two big dirty deals that also thrived inside this massive spending binge: the continued financing of President Obama's clean energy scheme and funding the U.N. Climate Racket.

While many are applauding the move of "lifting the crude oil export ban" (the so-called trade off here), others had this to say: "The Democrats won, the Republicans caved and the rest of us were screwed..."

President Obama's clean energy scheme

"The biggest federal policy development of the year for renewables play [ed] out on Congress’ last day of work in 2015," heralded GreenTech Media.

Inside the 2016 Omnibus, "Congress passed legislation making the solar investment tax credit (ITC) available for several years and creating a new production tax credit for wind power projects," wrote Forbes.

William Pentland at Forbes goes on:
Indeed, with that caveat about rooftop solar, the renewable energy tax credits passed by Congress today bear the hallmarks of the worst kind of crony capitalism. 
The ITC extension will be a boon for utility-scale solar companies like First Solar and SunPower, but it will be a boondoggle for investors in centralized solar projects. In particular, the shareholders of a small number of large utility holding companies like NextEra Energy and Southern Company stand to benefit the most from the solar and wind tax credits. Indeed, shareholders of foreign utility companies like Spain’s Iberdrola have already made mountains of money on the taxpayer’s dime building huge wind farms in the United States.

The Daily Signal took issue with many areas inside the 2016 Omnibus, but let's just look at the renewable energy subsidies that were extended as part of the deal, of which they state, "waste taxpayer money and provide targeted tax credits to politically connected companies."

 Here are three:
  • A five-year extension of the wind production tax credit (PTC). The wind PTC, which has been around since 1982, artificially propped up an industry, advanced special interests, and allocated labor and capital away from more competitive uses in the marketplace.
  • A five-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which companies can now take when they begin construction rather than when they start producing power. Solar companies would be better off in the long run without the ITC. They would understand their true price point to be competitive in the short and long run.
  • A ramp up in Department of Energy spending for renewables, energy efficiency provisions, fossil fuels, and nuclear. The Department of Energy has ballooned by subsidizing and forcing energy technologies into the marketplace. The private sector has demonstrated countless times that it is far better equipped than government to allocate resources and develop commercially viable technologies.

But there's more to this story...

If you've followed my work here at The Green Corruption Files, you may remember my January 2013 post entitled, "Big Wind Energy Subsidies: A Hurricane of Carnage, Cronyism and Corruption," where I exposed the following:
Unknown to the American public is another green government freebie that has been blowing out of the stimulus package. The 1603 Grant Program –– a relative of the PTC –– is part of President Obama’s 2009-trillion-dollar spending spree, which is administered by the Treasury Department, where billions in favored-businesses are given tax-free cash gifts. This program was also touted as a jobs creator –– of course saved, supported, direct, indirect, "touching lives" and more.
It's also important to remember that Energy.gov documents the following: “The Section 1603 program was created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the deployment of renewable energy resources. The 1603 program offered project developers the option to select a one-time cash payment in lieu of taking the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) or the Production Tax Credit (PTC), for which they would have otherwise been eligible.”

The Heritage Foundation, which goes into detail regarding the "solar investment tax credit (ITC)" states, "In extending the ITC, Congress also allowed companies to take cash reimbursement under the Section 1603 grant program in lieu of the tax credit."

As of July 30, 2015, the 1603 Grant Program has dispersed $24.5 billion of free taxpayer cash, funding about 101,364 projects, which are mainly solar and wind, but include biomass, geothermal and other forms of renewable energy.

After weeks of analyzing this green energy stimulus grant program, I found that the Obama administration is not only subsidizing foreign firms, but worse is that these special tax breaks –– the PTC, ITC and the 1603 Grant Program –– are subsidizing President Obama and high-ranking Democrats' wealthy green friends here in the U.S., of which the majority are also Big Green Cronies of the Clinton's and their family foundation.

The most egregious are the mega companies (the usual suspects) that, between 2009 and 2011, were already awarded billions in green energy stimulus loans from Obama's Energy Department. Dirty, clean energy deals that I have been tracking and reporting on since 2010, starting with this post: "Department of Energy 'Junk Loans' and Cronyism." 

Apparently, these huge taxpayer-backed stimulus loans weren't enough, because they also bagged billions in 1603 stimulus grants (free taxpayer cash). This includes NRG Energy & Co. (3 large solar projects), NextEra Energy (two large solar projects), Abengoa (two large solar plants and one biomass project), First Solar (in the middle of three large solar projects), as well as other DOE deals such as the Alamosa solar generation project in Colorado, the Blue Mountain geothermal power plant in Nevada, the Kahuka Wind Farm in Hawaii, the Mesquite solar generation project in Arizona, and others.

Needless to say, there's additional familiar wealthy friends of the president and his climate allies that are taking advantage of these subsides such as SolarCity, SunEdison, Sungevity, SunPower, SunRun and many more.

Along the way these subsidies have also fostered expensive failures, starting with the Spanish Conglomerate Abengoa, which is not only a criminal enterprise, that bagged billions in DOE stimulus loans as well as huge 1603 grants, but is NOW imploding: the Solana Solar Project in Arizona on 3/4/14 for $513,753,359.00 and the Mojave Solar Plant in California on 9/10/15 for $376,800,248.00.  (NOTE: "The Great Green Heist" story in the works)

Also, in late 2014, despite getting a large DOE stimulus loan, the Ivanpah Solar Plant (NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy) needed a bailout, which was chronicled in my Green Corruption File entitled, "Not Enough Sun Shining at California Ivanpah Solar Plant: $1.6 billion shady stimulus deal tied to numerous wealthy Obama cronies now expect $539 million of free taxpayer cash." 

Sure enough, with friends in high places, they got it from the 1603 Grant Program:
  • Solar Partners I, LLC: 12/17/14 for $180,713,098.00 
  • Solar Partners II, LLC: 12/17/14 for $174,080,773.00 
  • Solar Partners VIII, LLC: 12/17/14 for $180,911,450.00 
There are also three solar companies (SolarCity, Sungevity, and SunRun) that raked in big bucks from this program, of which since 2012 have been under a federal investigation for "misrepresenting figures in claiming stimulus money"  –– a probe that is apparently is still ongoing. 

However, in order to get an accurate account of this particular green energy crony cash it would require a more thorough investigation. So, in the coming months be prepared for a PART TWO of this Green Corruption File entitled,  "1603 Green Energy Grant Program: Billions of free taxpayer cash flowing to foreign firms and President Obama's wealthy friends."



Photo from The Daily Signal: World Leaders
UN Climate Racket meeting (COP21) in Paris December 2015 
The U.N. climate racket

In case you've been living under a rock or on Mars with billionaire Elon Musk, you should be aware that the U.N. Climate Racket, which is described as "the international political response to climate change that began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992," was at it again in December 2015 for their annual Conference of Parties (COP), screaming that we're all gonna die because the planet is on fire.

The Daily Signal duly reported, "Leaders from around the world, including President Barack Obama, have been saying that the COP21, also known as the Paris climate conference, is the last best hope to save the planet from catastrophic warming."

But then again, "Virtually every international global warming summit [all the way back fifteen years and beyond] has been deemed the last chance for the world. Dismissing problems of world poverty, hunger, disease, and terrorism, leaders have claimed that climate change is the world’s greatest problem," which was exposed by The Daily Signal and the Climate Depot.

Nicolas Loris, of the Daily Signal counters with this:
The climate data simply does not suggest that man-made global warming should be at the top of the list of concerns. The climate models international bodies are using to justify regulations and commitments to restrict the use of affordable energy to reduce carbon dioxide are over-predicting warming.
In case you believe the hype behind the climate change scam, including how the Obama administration and those pushing global warming are throwing around as gospel the "97% of climate scientists agree with climate change” bogus claim, here are some of the these latest headlines that combat more of the deceit:
Still, I'm not here to debate whether an impending Ice Age is looming over the globe or the Earth is going to explode in a massive ball of fire if we don't stop breathing, because in reality, it all depends on the decade. However, I am here to expose the hype, hypocrisy and climate crony cash that follows, starting with the fact that it's not just the "doom and gloom" narrative that makes these conferences so nefarious, it's the blatant arrogance and hypocrisy.

This climate action gathering is where world leaders arrived via their private jets to partake in serious meetings, while indulging in fine dining and other festivities to "Save the Globe."

According to The Federalist, "It [was] estimated that around 50,000 carbon-spewing humans [elite world leaders, businesses and activists] participated in the Paris [two-week] climate conference" –– with a slew of millionaires and billionaires (the regular Obama/Clinton cronies) positioning themselves to snag their "fair share" of the climate cash that is expected to flow from this gathering.

The Daily Mail added: "The climate change summit in Paris that aims to tackle global warming will itself pump an estimated 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere..."

All of the above and more as the U.N. Climate Racket had the audacity to claim the following: "In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C."

So, as the story goes: Mid December, "representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change," heralded the New York Times

Besides the fact that in Paris "climate change alarmists conned everyone, including themselves," proclaimed The Federalists, it was considered a fraud –– "bullshit, worthless words, no action, just promises" –– by James Hansen, "the father of climate change awareness," because it doesn't go far enough, reported The Guardian.

But all the hoopla and "smoke and mirrors" didn't stop President Obama from, once again, circumventing Congress. It turns out that "White House officials at COP 21 helped craft a deal congressional Republicans would not be able to stop," disclosed The Guardian.

In fact, Secretary of State and our "Climate Change Fear Monger in Chief" confirmed that the Paris agreement was crafted to avoid Congress.

Yet, The Guardian also noted, "the fight over the deal began even before French workers could finish dismantling the conference site. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, led the attack for Republicans."
“The president is making promises he can’t keep, writing checks he can’t cash, and stepping over the middle class to take credit for an ‘agreement’ that is subject to being shredded in 13 months,” McConnell said.
Additionally, back in November 2015, The Hill announced that "Republicans — hostile to the climate talks and bent on doing whatever they can to derail a deal in Paris next month — say they’re going to deny Obama the first tranche of money he hopes to inject into the fund."
“We pledge that Congress will not allow U.S. taxpayer dollars to go to the Green Climate Fund until the forthcoming international climate agreement is submitted to the Senate for its constitutional advice and consent,” 37 Republican senators wrote in a letter to Obama [at that time].  

Yep, the U.N. Climate Racket not only carries various issues, but includes hijacking American taxpayer money, which is known as the Green Climate Fund (GCL) and explained in this piece by Nicolas Loris of the Daily Signal: "How a Green Climate Change Fund Would Transfer the Wealth of Nations." 
Climate negotiations leading up to the Paris conference called for a Green Climate Fund that would collect $100 billion per year by 2020. The goal of this fund: to subsidize green energy and pay for other climate adaptation and mitigation programs in poorer nations...

Katie Tubb of The Daily Signal reported that only "$10.2 billion has been pledged so far" –– with only 37 nations in on the action, placing the U.S. on top of the list with $3 billion promised by President Obama. After that we have Japan ($1.5b), the United Kingdom ($1.2B), France ($1.B), Germany ($1B), Sweden ($581 million), Italy ($334 million), Canada ($277 million) and so on.

This despite the fact that the U.S. already spends hundreds of millions of taxpayer money annually on so-called "climate change mitigation efforts for those countries."

However, in January 2014, CNSNews.com reported a much higher figure: "American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012."

Keep in mind that under Team Obama, "Federal Climate Change Expenditures," which funds numerous (if not all) federal government agencies, over the past few years has spent $19.8 billion in 2012, $22.6 billion in 2013, and $21.4 billion in 2014. Now, it's unclear how much of these funds overlap with Obama's "$200 Billion Save the Planet Slush Fund," but it does include "International Climate Change Assistance," of which its "2014 proposed budget authority" is listed at $893 million.

Meanwhile, apparently, Republicans are split on attacking climate science, but they have expressed opposition to providing cash to the GCF; however, this too survived the 2016 Omnibus –– $500 million for now. 

So, once again, the Republicans capitulated to President Obama's whim, which was documented by Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon and others:
Payments to the GCF will come from three programs financed by the omnibus bill. It authorizes $170 million in payments to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s Clean Technology Fund, $50 million to the bank’s Strategic Climate Fund, and $168 million to its Global Environment Facility. 
All three of those programs feed into the GCF. No language in the omnibus would prohibit the distribution of that money. 
Under the congressional budget deal, the United States will be able to make its first payment of $500 million into the GCF next year.
Still, this Green Climate Fund may be the least of our problems, because these cozy gatherings in Paris and the entire "cataclysmic climate con" that includes a serious "fear mongering campaign," claiming that climate change not only birthed the horrific ISIS terrorists and caused every earthquake and flood the Earth has endured, but "it will lead to an orgy of killing, looting, rape, burglary" and even prostitution, have nothing to do with global warming, cooling, polar bears, or climate science.

Even as Pope Francis continues to bring climate change to the altar, for some it IS a religion or a cult, while for others it's an agitation led by Socialists, Marxist, Communists, and anti-American fools, with some using climate change as “a mass social movement to disrupt the status
quo.”

In addition, not only do we have ECO-Hypocrites in the mix, we have ECO-Nuts as well. Those that want to enforce "population control" as a solution for global warming and there's even a "movement" that is "advanced by people who care about life on planet Earth" where you can opt out of existence in order to save the planet. However, for those running this "Global Warming Armageddon Scam," it's all about money and power.

The scariest part of this U.N. Climate Racket is that it is all about "global control, NOT global climate." And, if you don't believe me, just ask Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

"Ms. Figueres stated publicly what many climate realists had long suspected: The global warming scaremongering going on for more than 25 years was not really about protecting the planet, it was about controlling peoples’ lives by controlling the economy," documented  H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., at the Heartland Institute. 
As Figueres said, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.” Figueres went on to say, “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.”


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The Revolution

Nevertheless, it was Senator Jeff Sessions that put American citizens frustrations mildly when he made the following statement on the senate floor in retaliation against the 2016 Omnibus. 
“There is a reason that GOP voters are in open rebellion,” Sessions said. “They have come to believe that their party’s elites are not only uninterested in defending their interests but – as with this legislation, and fast-tracking the President’s international trade pact – openly hostile to them. This legislation represents a further disenfranchisement of the American voter.”
Americans need to be aware who the traitors are: "Ninety-five Republicans split with House GOP leadership to vote against the spending bill. Another 150 Republicans supported it, while just 18 Democrats opposed it," of which the complete list can be found at The Daily Signal. Meanwhile, "Twenty-six Republican senators, along with one independent and six Democrats, voted against the government spending bill –– with Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. that did not cast votes," again documented by the Daily Signal here

While some are calling for Ryan's Republican seat, others like Reverend Franklin Graham are leaving the Republican Party altogether: “I have no hope in the Republican Party, the Democratic Party or Tea Party to do what is best for America..." the son of Rev. Billy Graham wrote on Facebook.

And, via Twitter, Graham has made it clear that he's on a mission to pray for our nation and recruit Christians that will uphold biblical values to run for office. "In 2016 I will go state by state to every capital in our nation to hold prayer rallies for our country during the #DecisionAmerica Tour," Graham tweeted on December 21, 2015.

Me with California Congressman Kevin McCarthy,
now the House Majority Leader, in 2010, helping
the GOP to "GET OUT THE VOTE." 

 




At this point in history, conservative voters are not only at war with the tyrannical leadership of President Obama as well as the Corrupt Clinton Cash Machine and the Raging Socialist Bernie Sanders, all sadly carrying voter allegiance, we are battling the Republican Establishment and its powerful allies.

Republicans best "grow a pair" or get the heck out of the way, because many of us are mad as
hell and are "not going to take it anymore!"

Folks, we need more than a tea party to crush these forces and the big, corrupt government that they have, with malice aforethought and at the expense of our liberty, safety and eventually our sovereignty, imposed upon our nation and its citizens.

We need a "Conservative Revolution!"

Signed your favorite conservative citizen journalist,

-c


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Big Spanish Firm Abengoa Bagged Over $3 Billion of Obama Green Funds; Now Imploding


Since August 2012, The Green Corruption Files, via House Oversight hearings and reports, secret internal Department of Energy (DOE) emails, droves of whistleblowers –– both former and current Abengoa employees and contractors –– as well as extensive research, has been exposing the colossal "Abengoa Scandal."

This blockbuster saga entails the law-breaking Spanish conglomerate that carries direct ties to a slew of powerful U.S. Democrats, which bagged over $3 billion of American taxpayer money, with the vast majority coming from President Obama's trillion-dollar stimulus package, coupled with high-praises from the president, is now imploding.

The charges 

Our reports show that Abengoa is not only occupying our land and taking our money, but they are mistreating our citizens and blatantly breaking our laws. Illegalities that range across numerous federal and state government agencies, which includes the very stimulus law that made the loans available as well as the DOE, the Department of Labor (DOL), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others.


The cash 

As a reminder, Abengoa was the second largest recipient of the Energy Department's stimulus loans (the DOE's "Junk Bond Portfolio"): over three times the notorious green energy loser, Solyndra. Between July 2010 and September 2011, this foreign-owned entity was awarded three DOE loans worth over $2.9 billion to construct two solar energy complexes in Arizona and California and a biofuel plant in Kansas –– with two of the largest loans yet to be repaid.

According to the March 2012 House Oversight Committee Report (The Department of Energy’s Disastrous Management of Loan Guarantee Programs), Abengoa received an additional "$818 million in Treasury grant commitments" (free U.S. cash). 

While these monies mostly likely came out of the 1603 Grant Program, which was also the brainchild of the Obama White House via the clean-energy sector of stimulus law, it is unclear how much they actually cashed in on. Meanwhile, the Washington Free Beacon documented that Abengoa has "received more than $100 million in federal grants."

We do know that Abengoa also received plenty of money from the United States Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), which is another avenue where favored firms are awarded hundreds of millions of taxpayer-backed loans. Besides the fact there are serious "conflict of interest" that implicate the Bank and Abengoa, I found three Ex-Im Bank "green" transactions that benefited this foreign firm, which transpired in 2011, 2012 and 2013, exceeding $267 million –– all chronicled in my June 2015 Green Corruption File.

And in December 2013, Abengoa was awarded a $2 million competitive award from the DOE’s SunShot Initiative “to improve manufacturing and assembly of their innovative large aperture parabolic trough collector over the next two years.”

The connections

Nevertheless, this Big foreign firm has countless Big Green Cronies here in the United States that are connected to President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her family foundation as well as many high-powered Democrats. This includes the wealthy climate crusaders, former Vice-President Al Gore and his billionaire buddy John Doerr; the former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson; the president's former climate czar Carol Browner, as well as
key Energy Department officials that were privy to the decision-making process inside the DOE deals, of which, amongst other shenanigans, involved a fast track process imposed at the "POTUS level" and "White House "intervention."

In the mix we find California career politicians Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Jerry Brown as well as other big names such as McKinsey & Company, Pacific Gas and Electric and Citigroup. Towing the line have been powerful lobbyists like American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Center for American Progress (CAP), the progressive think tank, which happens to be the dark, driving force behind the president’s massive green energy scheme.



Photo taken from Breitbart News: Credit AP / Globe Newswire 
The crash

Abengoa, which website boasts that it "operates in more than 80 countries and has a presence through local offices in more than 35 of them," has so many subsidiaries it will make your head explode.

Still, during my last post, I had highlighted Abengoa's financial woes, including that there was speculation of bankruptcy on the horizon –– a prediction we made long ago. 

In fact, in July 2014, via an exclusive interview by Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon, one informant concluded with the following statement: This company eventually will go bankrupt,” he insisted. “The question is at what expense to the United States people and government.”

Just this past week (November 25-December 1, 2015), numerous headlines emerged regarding Abengoa's demise, which has even "rattled the Spanish Economy":



If you were wondering what the Spanish word for “Solyndra” is, this week provided the answer: “Abengoa.” 
Abengoa is a Spanish company that was another of President Obama’s personally picked green energy projects, and it’s now on the verge of bankruptcy too, potentially saddling taxpayers with a multi-billion-dollar tab and fueling the notion that the administration repeatedly gambles on losers in the energy sector.

*November 25: The Guardian
Citi criticised by investors over Abengoa collapse
Failure of Spanish renewable group proves embarrassing for US investment bank, which launched share sale to raise funds for it earlier this year

*November 25: ZeroHedge.com

US Taxpayer Faces $230 Million Loss As Spain's 'Solyndra' Files For Creditor Protection

The future of the company seems very black, "notes on trader as the bonds and stocks of Spanish renewbles form Abengoa lives up to its name and files for creditor protection, just as we warned was likely. With the stock crashing 70% to 28c and 4-month bonds trading at just 22c on the dollar, market participants face an almost total loss.. but, as we detailed previously, it is the American taxpayer - who thanks to Ex-Im Bank loans to keep this zombie alive - face losses of $230 million as Spain's Solyndra exposes another symptom of the Oligrachic ignorance of where the money comes from.

*November 25: The Wall Street Journal

Spain’s Abengoa Files for Creditor Protection
MADRID—Spanish renewable energy and engineering firm Abengoa SA said on Wednesday that it is filing for preliminary creditor protection, an initial step that could lead to the largest bankruptcy case in the country’s history.

MADRID, Nov 25 Spain's Abengoa started insolvency proceedings on Wednesday after a potential investor said it would not inject fresh capital into the energy firm, sending its share price tumbling by 54 percent.
Under Spanish law, companies can enter into pre-insolvency proceedings, giving them up to four months to reach an agreement with creditors to avoid a full-blown insolvency process and a potential bankruptcy.

*November 25: FORTUNE 
Spain’s Abengoa started insolvency proceedings on Wednesday after a potential investor said it would not inject fresh capital into the energy firm, sending its share price tumbling by 60 percent. 
Under Spanish law, companies can enter into pre-insolvency proceedings, giving them up to four months to reach an agreement with creditors to avoid a full-blown insolvency process and a potential bankruptcy. 
Failure by Abengoa to reach such a deal could lead to Spain’s largest bankruptcy on record.
Spanish and international banks’ total exposure to Abengoa stands at around 20.2 billion euros ($21.40 billion), including financing for projects, a source familiar with the matter said at the end of September.
* November 26: CNBC
Spain's largest ever corporate bankruptcy?
Shares of Spanish renewables giant Abengoa closed down over 30 percent on Thursday, one day after the company began insolvency proceedings.

In Spain, businesses are able to enter pre-insolvency proceedings and have four months to find an agreement with creditors in order to avoid an insolvency process and potential bankruptcy.

Wednesday saw Fitch downgrade Abengoa's Issuer Default Rating, or IDR, to 'CC' from 'B', with its senior unsecured rating also falling from 'B' to 'C'. Fitch also revised the company's Recovery Rating on senior unsecured debt to 'RR5' from 'RR4'.

* November 26: EL PAIS/BLOOMBERG
Abengoa on verge of largest bankruptcy filing in Spanish history
Spanish renewable energy company Abengoa on Thursday applied for preliminary protection from creditors and called in lenders to start negotiating the terms of an agreement that would prevent a definitive suspension of payments. 
In accordance with Spanish insolvency laws, the company has four months to reach an out-of-court agreement with its creditors. 
Abengoa is on its way to becoming the biggest bankruptcy case in Spanish business history – even bigger than the fall of real estate giant Martinsa-Fadesa. 
While the Seville-based firm desperately seeks a new deal with its creditors or a new investor to shoulder part of its €8.9 billion of gross financial debt, it is also asking bondholders to group together into a committee to renegotiate the debt. 
“The committee is necessary in order to manage our commitments in an efficient manner,” said a company spokesperson. 
Meanwhile, shares in the renewable energy and engineering giant continued to plunge...


*November 26: REUTERS
UPDATE 1-ISDA rules no bankruptcy at Abengoa
ISDA's credit determinations committee has ruled that recent events at Abengoa do not constitute a bankruptcy credit event.
Abengoa is striving to reach an agreement with creditors to avoid a full insolvency process and under Spanish law, has four months to reach an agreement with investors. 
But with a number of debt maturities - including commercial paper - before year-end, the issuer could still be pushed into technical default before a restructuring agreement is put in place.

*November 29: Breitbart News

Solyndra II: Energy Company Busts on Eve of Climate Summit

As President Barack Obama departed for the climate summit in Paris, he faces a new “Solyndra” scandal as Spain’s Abengoa SA, which received $3 billion in administration sustainable energy loans and Export-Import Bank guarantees, announced that it has started bankruptcy proceeding and may soon default on its debt.

*December 1: News.com.au
Spanish solar energy firm Abengoa facing $29.6 billion bankruptcy
A renewable energy company personally picked by US President Barack Obama is on the verge of collapse, potentially leaving international banks on the hook for around $29.6 billion.

Abengoa, a Spanish solar energy firm which has received $3.74 billion in loans from the US government since 2010 to construct several large-scale solar projects, looks set to become the largest bankruptcy in Spanish history.


Considering that Abengoa has four months to scramble, we are now pondering this question: when Abengoa goes bust, what will it cost "the United States people and government?”

Well, besides the damage that this Spanish firm has inflicted here in America, which has been well documented in previous Green Corruption Files and summarized later in this post, there is the matter of billions of U.S. taxpayer cash.

While it is unclear how much free cash (grants) Abengoa scored from the Obama White House, we do know that according to Expansion, which provided a list of Abengoa creditors (released November 26, 2015), that their largest creditor is the Federal Bank, owing $2.22 billion and points to those Energy Department stimulus loans. Here is an excerpt:

The Federal Financing Bank, owned by the U.S. Government and is overseen by the U.S. Treasury, is the firm with the largest exhibition: a total of 2,220 million, exclusively in financing of projects. In particular, Abengoa earmarked this money to finance two jobs: Solana, the largest plant cylinder dish in the world, with a capacity of 280 megawatts (MW) and located in Phoenix, near Gila Bend, Arizona. And Mojave, a plant of 280 MW gross, located 150 kilometers northeast of Los Angeles.

In addition, Abengoa's top 20 creditors include the US Ex-Im Bank for $260 million as well as other Big U.S. banks and investors –– one of which I am "personally" aware of (Liberty Interactive Corp. for $300 million). But what about all the American workers, vendors and contractors that Abengoa screwed over?

What about the illegalities committed by this foreign firm on American soil?

Where's the oversight?


Crickets...

What makes this so pathetic is that due to the tenacity of our informants, we can confirm that the Energy Department has known about the enormous Abengoa misconduct for years (since January 2013). We also know that as early as 2014, there were several "federal inquiries" swirling around these taxpayer-funded green projects (ICE, the DOL and the IRS); however, they seemed to have gone dim.

Where is Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, whom was well aware of Abengoa's transgressions, and even during his April 2013 confirmation hearing promised this: "If confirmed, I will make the monitoring and oversight of the Loan Program's portfolio of loan guarantees a top priority."

Where is the House Oversight Committee and the House Finance Committee –– both run by the Republican party that have also known about this massive Abengoa Scandal for a very a long time?

Crickets... 


Maybe these investigations would put a damper on President Obama's climate legacy: a deceptive plot to "save the planet" that includes a colossal fearmongering campaign and has already exceeded $200 billion of U.S. taxpayers money, which factors in both stimulus and non-stimulus funds.

Most likely the Republicans are in on this scam.

Either way: this is not a blue or red issue –– It's an American one. And, both political parties dropped the ball, which should anger all taxpaying citizens of the United States of America!

Nevertheless, more directly is that this breaking news of Abengoa's impending bankruptcy would blow the lid off of the Energy Department's spin that this controversial loan program is great for America, is creating American jobs, while making a profit. Yet in reality, this DOE loan program has not only been rife with cronyism and corruption, but the so-called green jobs that it created, saved, recycled or otherwise is absolutely dismal, especially in the case of Abengoa.

Furthermore, the risks to the taxpayer can't be overlooked as well as a key issue that Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center brought to light during her testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 18, 2012: 
...The evidence strongly suggests that these programs fall short of their stated goals of developing clean energy and creating jobs. Of equal concern is the indirect damage to the nation’s economic fabric through distortion of market signals, cronyism, and mal-investment...
This Energy Department "green" loan program has also fostered "lemons," chaos as well as collateral damage, bailouts, lawsuits, and those teetering on the edge and outright failures.


The catastrophic climate change crusade continues...
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry
dining with world leaders at the 2015 UN Climate Summit
in Paris to "save the planet."  Photo from The Federalist. 

Still, the collusion between the Obama White House, Big Green, Big Energy, Dark Money, various left-wing groups, the liberal media, and others is palpable, which means that there is no end in sight to "saving the Earth from human toxins." This despite the fact that the "climate science" is NOT settled, even as they throw around their bogus "97 percent of experts" number around as gospel. Not to mention that even the "climate alarmist" can't decide whether an Ice Age is imminent or the planet will explode in a ball of fire if we keep breathing.


Nevertheless, despite the fact that our nation is drowning in debt, both President Obama and candidate Hillary Clinton have continually doubled down on "the green revolution," which calls for more mandates, regulations, rules and, of course, spending billions more of American taxpayer money. These climate policies and programs will continue to fuel corporate welfare and crony capitalism, such as the Abengoa case –– even as they ensure that their political pals (bundlers, big donors, etc.) benefit, while hurting the middle class and devastating the poor.

In fact, the Obama Regime has placed their "catastrophic climate change crusade" above the real face of evil: Terrorism –– and publicly, at least 22 times and counting...

More recently, in reference to ISIS, whom the left-wing loons claim was created by global warming, which took credit for the brutal and horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris that killed over 130 people and injured hundreds more, on November 24, The Federalists noted that "While standing alongside French president François Hollande in a joint news conference at the White House, Obama explained that his attendance at next month’s World Climate Summit will put ISIS in its place" –– heralding that his attendance with other world leaders, would be a "powerful rebuke to the terrorists."

Yep, this climate gathering, where world leaders arrived via their private jets to partake in serious meetings, while indulging in fine dining and other festivities to "save the planet," convened in Paris this Monday.

A global warming meeting where President Obama’s part "will send more CO2 into the atmosphere than 31 American homes‘ energy usage for an entire year. The president’s trip is equivalent to burning 368,331 pounds of coal or 797 barrels of oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon footprint calculator," documented Michael Bastasch of The Daily Caller.

And, according to The Federalist, "It’s estimated that around 50,000 carbon-spewing humans [elite world leaders, businesses and activists] will be participating in the Paris [two-week] climate conference this week" ––  with a slew of millionaires and billionaires (the regular Obama/Clinton cronies) positioning themselves to snag their "fair share" of the climate cash that is expected to flow from this gathering.

The Daily Mail adds: "The climate change summit in Paris that aims to tackle global warming will itself pump an estimated 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere..."

But that's another story...



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The recap 

#1) Abengoa Solar, Inc (Abengoa S.A. and Abengoa Solar, LLC) was awarded $1.45 billion DOE stimulus loan in December 2010 for the  Solana Solar Project in Arizona.  
  • Rating BB+ by Fitch
  • This DOE deal was announced by President Obama on July 3, 2010, and finalized just before Christmas 2010. 
  • It has been reported that the Treasury committed to a $455 million grant for this project, yet it is unclear how much free taxpayer cash Abengoa received to date.
  • Solana became operational in October 2013.
  • Jobs: 1,700 construction and 90 permanent jobs

#2) Abengoa Solar, Inc. (Abengoa S.A. and Abengoa Solar, LLC) $1.2 billion DOE stimulus loan in September 2011 for the Mojave Solar Project in California. 
  • Rating BB by Fitch 
  • This DOE deal was announced in June 2011 and finalized in September 2011. 
  • Reports also state that the Treasury committed to $340 million grant for this project, but it is unclear how much taxpayer cash Abengoa scored to date here. 
  • According to the DOE, "the plant started commercial operations in December 2014." However, according to my sources, the Mojave Solar Plant has been operating off of a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) as opposed to a final permit, which expires on November 30, 2015.
  • Jobs: 830 construction and 70 permanent jobs

#3) Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas LLC (ABBK) was awarded $132 million DOE stimulus loan in September 2011 for a biofuel plant in Hugoton, Kansas. 
  • Rating CCC by Fitch
  • This DOE deal was announced on August 19, 2011 and finalized on September 29, 2011. 
  • It was reported that the Treasury had committed to a $23 million grant for this project, yet I was informed that this figure is much higher. 
  • The DOE states that the "loan was fully repaid in March of 2015," yet it also states that the Hugoton biofuel plant is still "under construction." However, reports have emerged that this cellulosic ethanol plant "celebrated a grand opening" in October 2014.
  • Jobs: 300 construction and 65 permanent jobs

Below is a recap of the rampant corruption operating inside this Spanish firm here in the U.S. that ranges across numerous federal and state government agencies, which I had alluded to earlier in this post, that include the DOE, ICE, DOL, IRS, CEC, OSHA, the EPA and others.

This blockbuster story was made possible by droves of brave whistleblowers, of which three key sources have gone public exclusively at the Washington Free Beacon. Yet, since my August 2015 post, more informants have come forward, not only confirming what we have reported thus far, but additional horror stories occurring at Abengoa's "green" plants here in the U.S.  I just want to take this moment to thank you all –– and encourage you, that despite the fact that our government is pathetic for letting you down by not holding this corrupt company accountable, to continue the fight.

  1. Abengoa hired foreign workers (illegally) and gave them preferential treatment over Americans
  2. Abengoa paid its illegal employees under the table to avoid taxes 
  3. Abengoa's broke stimulus laws and committed DOE violations by routinely bringing in employees from Spain and Uruguay into the country for jobs Americans could have filled
  4. Abengoa systematically abused its American employees
  5. Abengoa committed insurance fraud
  6. Abengoa systematically stiffed its suppliers, driving some into bankruptcy 
  7. Abengoa systematically cut corners in design and construction
  8. Abengoa deliberately violated building and environmental codes, which has led to at least the Mojave Solar Project being a danger
  9. Abengoa also at the Mojave solar plant, used 
older, inefficient, and more expensive technology, thus not only wasting American taxpayers' money and critical natural resources, such as excessive amounts of water, but raises additional concerns. 
  10. Abengoa’s Solana solar project has experienced a toxic waste spill that is not being handled properly, which if true, there may be a major environmental mess lurking in Arizona. 
  11. Abengoa created numerous shell companies to boost profits. 
  12. Abengoa knowingly and willingly violated countless California laws, rules, statutes and regulations at their Mojave Solar Plant –– so many that this plant is gigantic "green" catastrophe. Worse case scenario is that this plant, which is supposed to save us from the "imminent global warming calamity," is a "ticking time bomb." 
  13. There was an unreported large toxic spill at Abengoa's Mojave Solar Plant: "Hundreds of gallons of Heat Transfer Fluid (HTF) was spilled and they just dispersed into the ground" 
  14. Despite California's dreadful drought, Abengoa's "Mojave Solar Plan is using 1,709,985 gallons of water per day" 
  15. Abengoa continues to abuse America
The Green Corruption Files Coverage (direct and otherwise) of the Abengoa Scandal:


Stay tuned...