at the Citizen Power Alliance 2010 Wind Conference
Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Accused of Tax Law Violations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
E&E Legal Files Referral With IRS Regarding Sierra Club and Sierra Club Foundation Tax Law Violations
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INDUSTRIAL WIND NEEDS BLOWBACK (Siemens ad campaign targeting U.S. taxpayers)
|Industrial Wind Needs Blowback (Siemens ad campaign targeting U.S. taxpayers)|
by Mary Kay Barton
August 20, 2014
If you watch much mainstream TV, you’ve probably seen Siemens’ recent multi-million-dollar advertising blitz to sell the American public on industrial wind.
As it turns out, the wind business abroad has taken a huge hit of late. European countries have begun slashing renewable mandates due to the ever-broadening realization that renewables cost far more than industrial wind proponents have led everyone to believe — not only economically, but environmentally, technically, and civilly as well.
As reported in the article Siemens onshore, offshore pain: “Siemens’ energy business took a €48m hit in the second quarter related to a bearings issue with onshore turbines and a €23m charge due to ongoing offshore grid issues in Germany.”
Since Siemens’ tax-sheltering market is drying up in Europe, their marketing efforts in the U.S. are clearly geared towards increasing income for its investors via wind’s tax sheltering schemes here. Taxpayers, ratepayers beware!
As a company who stands to profit handsomely by it, Siemens ad campaign is obviously part of an overall pitch to urge Congress to extend the very lucrative wind Production Tax Credit (PTC), or more accurately, the “Pork-To-Cronies” bill.
As Warren Buffett recently admitted, “We get tax credits if we build lots of windfarms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”
President Obama claims he wants to “close corporate loopholes,” while his policies (i.e.: the PTC) continue to funnel $Billions of taxpayer dollars to his wealthy corporate insiders – all while the unconscionable debt we are leaving for our children and grandchildren continues to mount.
IRS’s End-run Around Legislation
Increasing public awareness of the scam that wind energy really is has led to increased opposition to extending any more corporate welfare to Big Wind via the PTC and ITC. Enter another bureaucratic end-run around legislation by this Administration.
As recently reported by the WSJ, the IRS has relaxed the definition of “commence construction” to the point where the definition bears no resemblance to the actual words. Curtis G. Wilson of the IRS admitted at a hearing by the House Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements subcommittee (chaired by Congressman James Lankford (R-OK)) last October, that developers can game the system to the point where projects built years from now could still meet the eligibility requirements.
U.S. taxpayers and ratepayers are doomed when, instead of allowing the markets to work, crony-Corruptocrats are picking the winners and losers in the energy marketplace using such nefarious tactics.
Things Wind Advertisements Won’t Tell You
Sadly, most people don’t even know the difference between energy and power. This reality has laid the framework for the biggest SWINDLE to ever be perpetrated on citizens worldwide. Many well-intended people have bought in on the alarmists’ theory that “We have to do something” in order to stop “Global Warming” – Enter, the wind industry sales department.
Siemens needs to convince the 80% of U.S. citizens who live in suburbia that industrial wind factories are “environmentally-friendly,” and that everyone loves them. Thus, as usual for these disingenuous ad campaigns, a sprawling wind factory is pictured amongst green fields, with no homes anywhere to be seen, while a happy Iowa leaseholder smiles and says she loves wind.
Taking a drive out Route 20A in Wyoming County of western New York State, however, tells a far different story. The western side of Wyoming County – which used to be some of the most beautiful countryside in New York State, has been industrialized with 308 giant, 430 foot-tall towers, and their 11-ton, bird-chopping blades spinning overhead, only hundreds of feet from peoples’ homes and roadways. There’s no doubt that Siemens won’t be showing you this reality in any of their TV ads!
Unfortunately for the residents of the Wyoming County town of Orangeville, NY, greed at the top in Washington, DC determined their fate. The sole reason Invenergy went ahead with their plans to build their 58-turbine project in Orangeville was that the PTC was added as pork for those sucking at the teat of wind welfare in the wee hours of the morning, 1/1/13.
Ever appreciative for the handouts, Ukrainian Michael Polsky – the owner of Invenergy, rewarded President Obama by holding a $35,000 a plate fundraiser at his mansion in Chicago. President Obama is so committed to Big Wind that he’s even legalized 30-Year EAGLE KILL Permits just for the wind industry.
There you have it – corporate cronyism in all its glory, with bird murder as their crowning glory.
Word of impending lawsuits linger in Orangeville. It remains to be seen if disenchanted leaseholders will end up suing Big Wind, as others have. In the meantime, we’re hoping we don’t have any more 11-ton blade breaks that throw shrapnel for thousands of feet, or airplanes crashing into wind turbines during fog, as occurred in South Dakota earlier this year, killing all four on board. (Bet you won’t be seeing any of these facts on Siemens’ ads either.)
Elected Officials: Energy Literacy, Please
What’s most frustrating when attempting any kind of correspondence regarding these energy issues with many elected officials, is the kind of response I received from New York State Senator Schumer when I wrote him a letter about ending the Wind PTC. Senator Schumer never even mentioned the PTC in his response to me, but instead, rambled on about the need to “reduce foreign oil imports,” and increase “efficiency” – neither of which have anything to do with wind-generated electricity.
Senator Schumer recently feigned alarm following complaints by citizens about soaring electric rates, demanding answers about it — while simultaneously supporting extending the Wind PTC (as well as other rate-increasing “renewable” projects). Senator Schumer’s hypocrisy is outrageous, and simply unacceptable.
Perhaps it’s time that U.S. ratepayers and taxpayers demand that their elected officials first pass an energy literacy exam before they pass on such cost-exorbitant, ‘green’ boondoggles to consumers.
Call to Action!
Congress is on vacation through August, which makes this the perfect time to approach your Senators and Representatives while they’re home. We can attend town hall meetings and in-district fundraisers. Remind your representatives that WE put them in office, and that WE can just as easily VOTE THEM OUT!
Since energy plays a pivotal role in our national economy – impacting the cost of absolutely everything else, candidates should have “Energy” listed on their Issues webpage.
Good candidates will support an “All of the Sensible“ energy policy as opposed to the “All of the Above” energy policy which President Obama has been pushing on behalf of the ‘green’ movement. “Sensible” alternative energy options are those that have scientific proof that they have a net societal benefit.
Industrial wind fails this test miserably!
For more information, you can refer them to an excellent book that I have handed out to a number of elected officials — Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the FuturebyRobert Bryce.
Continue to call and write their offices, and encourage them to oppose any extension of the PTC and ITC! Write letters to your local newspapers, copy their district offices, and post information on their social media pages (i.e.: Facebook & Twitter).
We must demand accountability from elected officials, or VOTE THEM OUT! Reliable, affordable energy is what has made America great. Let’s keep it that way.
Industrial Wind Needs Blowback (Siemens ad campaign targeting U.S. taxpayers) — MasterResource
USFWS Seeking Public Input on Eagle-KILL permits to the Wind Industry
USFWS Seeking Public Input on 30-Year Eagle-KILL permits to the Wind Industry
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is asking for public input as to whether they should extend “non-purposeful” or “incidental” “take permits” from the current 5 years to 30 years.USFWS is also looking at a number of other important changes in how they interpret and enforce the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (or not) through the issuance of permits. There are problems with both existing practice and the currently proposed changes.
We need citizens to attend one of the five public meetings and/or provide written comments to the USFWS.
July 22, 2014: Sacramento, CA, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Center, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA, 95815 [map]
July 24, 2014: Minneapolis, MN, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., DoubleTree Bloomington-MSP South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55439 [map]
July 29, 2014: Albuquerque, NM, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., DoubleTree Albuquerque, 201 Marquette Avenue Northwest, Albuquerque, NM 87102 [map]
July 31, 2014: Denver, CO, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Holiday Inn Denver Airport, 6900 Tower Rd, Denver, CO 80249 [map]
August 7, 2014: Washington, DC, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., South Interior Building, 1951 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20240. [map]
BROOKINGS INSTITUTE: Wind and Solar are the Worst
|BROOKINGS INSTITUTE: Wind and Solar are the Worst |
Wind’s PTC: The Opposition Mounts (117 groups and counting)
Wind’s PTC: The Opposition Mounts (117 groups and counting)
by Robert Bradley Jr.
June 11, 2014
Concentrated benefits/diffused costs. The cronies, rent-seeking profits calculated, lobby government in the capitals. Most of the rest of us, just paying a fraction of a penny for their many dollars, stay home. That’s how government grows and bad public-policy rationales get going.
Wind power and other qualifying renewables got their government largesse long ago. Even before the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was promising coming competitiveness with just a bit more subsidy, a little more time. Then the taxpayer favor could go away, they promised time and again.
The open-ended, outsized tax subsidy for qualifying renewable energy, a mainstay of Obama energy policy, is a Republican, not only Democrat, problem. Texas, for example, thanks to Enron in a bootlegger-and-Baptist coalition with pro-wind environmentalists, is a Republican friendly state for AWEA et al. Note the support for wind from, for example, Sen. John Cornyn.
New Coalition Letter
Earlier this week, a coalition letter (reprinted below) urged Congress not to renew the wind PTC in these words:
“On behalf of our groups and organizations, together representing millions of Americans, we write to express our strong opposition to renewing expired wind tax incentives.
“Over the past 20 years, American taxpayers have seen little return from the forced investment in wind energy. This handout consistently fails to deliver on its promise of long-term job creation, economic activity, and affordability. It promotes government favoritism in the energy marketplace, threatens the reliability of the electric grid, and a 1 year extension costs $12 billion over 10 years. Recent reports and studies have also shown that subsidizing wind energy results in higher electricity costs for American families.
“American taxpayers deserve a portfolio of energy solutions that are economically viable, not those that have to be propped up by carve outs in the tax code.”
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The myth of the climate change 97%
The myth of the climate change 97%
By Joseph Bast and Roy Spencer
Secretary of State John Kerry, President Obama
and others frequently claim that climate change
will have “crippling consequences,” and that
“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that
climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”
In reality, the assertion is science fiction. The
so-called consensus comes from a handful of
surveys and exercises in counting abstracts from
scientific papers – all of which have been contra-
dicted by more reliable research.
There is no basis for the claim that "97% of scientists" believe that man-made
climate change is a dangerous problem.
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Ohio SB 310: ENERGY USERS BEAT THE CRONIES! (GE, AWEA, etc.)
|Ohio SB 310: Energy Users Best the Cronies (GE, AWEA, etc.)|
by Kevon Martis
May 30, 2014
“But the truth is that Ohio’s renewable energy mandates have largely benefited only one group: entrenched monopoly fossil utilities like AEP, Iberdrola, and corporate behemoths like GE.
But what should we expect? It was their idea in the first place.”
Senate Bill 310’s attempt to freeze Ohio’s renewable energy mandate has elicited the typical partisan howls from Ohio’s green energy profiteers. They have been quick to paint the supporters of SB310 as slavish supporters of the much maligned Koch Brothers, FirstEnergy or other “dark fossil corporate profiteers”.
Curiously, these environmental group’s normally exquisitely tuned “corporate conspiracy radar” appears to have developed a massive wind-turbine-sized blind spot.
Traditional coal plants last a very long time, 60 years or more. It is hard to sell new plants when they obsolesce so slowly. But if new CO2 regulations could begin to force premature retirement of still-serviceable coal plants, GE could fill that generation void with new gas generation. Every megawatt of retired coal generation could then be replaced with new (GE) gas generation.
That is a fine start but what if there were a way to sell two or three or four megawatts (MW) of new capacity to replace one MW of prematurely retired coal generation?
Intermittent wind energy that is wholly reliant upon gas generators for grid integration was the key. But how to create a market share for expensive wind energy which typically arrives at times of low demand and low price?
Enter state renewable energy mandates like Ohio’s SB221.
GE’s business is generators. As board members of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) they have been at the vanguard of promoting and protecting renewable energy mandates. Since wind energy is variable and intermittent in output due to the vagaries of weather, one cannot simply replace 1,000MW of baseload coal generation with 1,000MW of wind generation.
Replacing such a coal plant with wind generation requires one to construct approximately 1,000MW of gas-fired generation to balance and backup wind’s erratic output. For GE that is win-win. They get to sell 2MW of new generation to replace 1MW of perfectly serviceable coal generation being prematurely retired by EPA regulations.
But even better for GE is the fact that wind turbines last 20 years- at best. Thus, over the 60 year life of a typical coal plant, not only do ratepayers need to pay for a new 1,000MW (GE) gas generator, they are also compelled to buy 1,000 MW of GE wind turbines AND replace them at least two more times over 60 years.
Thus, through the magic of EPA regulation, coupled with high level PR air support from willing accomplices like Sierra Club and furthered by renewable energy mandates like the one SB310 hopes to freeze, corporate giant GE has struck a largely tax free green bonanza.
Our “corporate conspiracy” search does not end there. A quick review of the AWEA’s board of directors reveals an interesting cast of fossil fuel characters indeed.
Iberdrola Renewables’ corporate parent is among the largest fossil utilities in Europe. An aggressive opponent of SB310, Ohio wind operator Iberdrola also owns significant fossil fuel generation in the US. Wind works well for Iberdrola: in just one year their US wind investments allowed them to strip mine $1 billion from the US tax code and export it to Spain.
Along with German utility E. On Energy and FPL/NextEra, Ohio’s fossil giant AEP also enjoys a place on the AWEA board. Could it be that wind subsidies are really just more fossil subsidies?
There are many solid reasons for Ohioans to support freezing renewable energy mandates.
SB221’s instate renewable energy generation mandate violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Worse, Ohio’s wind resource is anemic relative to its western peers. This means OH wind is roughly twice the price of Iowa’s or Minnesota’s.
Still worse for Ohio’s environment, the center/left Brookings Institute, deeply concerned about climate change, now reports that wind and solar energy mandates like SB221 are the most costly and least effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Anyone can play “find the (Koch) bogeyman”.
But the truth is that Ohio’s renewable energy mandates have largely benefited only one group: entrenched monopoly fossil utilities like AEP, Iberdrola, and corporate behemoths like GE.
But what should we expect? It was their idea in the first place.
The good news appears to be that Ohio will stop the renewable charade. Tom Stacy, an “Ohioan for Affordable Electricity,” offers his plaudits for Substitute SB 310 that passed the Ohio House and Senate and now awaits gubernatorial approval to become law.
Appendix: Tom Stacy on Ohio Win
Ohio’s bread and butter industries and employers are energy intensive, some consuming as much as $200,000 worth of electricity per employee per year. Escalating costs could have catastrophic effects on wages, benefits, expansion plans and even employment if any one of those manufacturers ‘pulls the plug’ on Ohio operations due to escalating energy costs and projections.”
“From the environmental side, it is unfortunate groups such as Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resource Defense Council and others whose stated mission and public image is environmental improvement often have agendas that prevent pursuing such laudable goals in the most cost effective ways. Some appear to despise wealth in general – even earned and well deserved wealth.
How Un-American! Some hate cronyism – so do tea parties – but fail to admit that renewables like wind are some of the worst offenders in that department. And some just hate the idea that man benefits from fire, something cavemen discovered and we’ve been better off ever since.”
“The study committee will hopefully add a so-far-woefully-absent dimension to energy and environment policy: evaluating both the direct and indirect costs and benefits of various electricity source options, while recognizing that per unit cost of intermittent sources of electricity cannot and should not ever be directly compared to the cost of dispatchable sources.”
“It would be really meaningful for the study committee to propose an end goal measured in PPM and cents per KWh instead of just mandating large percentages of somebody’s favorite technology and then taking their word that it will magically cure all ails.
The study committee may move us in that direction. We are confident it will balance everyone’s desire for standard of living improvement, high employment, low rates and less wasted taxes. Maybe these are even as important as ever cleaner air and water and ever less changing climates, considering the US is already a global leader in emissions standards.”
“This bill has the potential to raise political and public awareness of not just electricity choices, but the very closely related choices between socialism and capitalism. The idea of ‘all of the above’ translates to ‘some of the ridiculous.’ What we need is an ‘all of the competitive’ energy policy, and Ohio has taken a small step in that direction through the passage of Am. Sub. SB 310.”
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Irresponsible Senate Finance Committee Action on Wind Energy Tax Break, by Glenn Schleede
Irresponsible Senate Finance Committee Action on Wind Energy Tax Break
April 11, 2013
Once again, the Senate Committee that manages to make life miserable for millions of tax-paying Americans with its manipulation of the US Tax Code, is acting to aid its friends, punish ordinary taxpayers, and load another $85 billion in debt on our children and grandchildren.
On April 3, 2014, by “voice” (no fingerprints) vote, the Senate Finance Committee reported out an $85 billion tax break ”extender” bill -- which the Committee calls the “EXPIRE Act.”  The bill includes billions in unwarranted tax breaks for special interests, including the wind industry.
As long as Congress fails to pass a balanced budget, every dollar provided to special interests in this $85 billion “Extender” bill is a direct addition to the national debt that will be dumped on our children and grandchildren. Further, each dollar that Congress adds to the national debt will be DOUBLED in about 15 years due to interest that will accrue on that debt.
An egregious example of an unwarranted special interest tax break in the Finance Committee’s bill is Senator Grassley’s wind and other renewable energy “Production Tax Credit” (PTC) and “Investment Tax Credit” (ITC). Grassley insisted on extending this 20-year old “temporary” tax break for another 2 years at a cost, according to the Joint Tax Committee, of more than $13 billion over the next 10 years (and more thereafter).
When Senator Toomey attempted to eliminate unwarranted energy tax breaks from the bill, Republican Senators Grassley, Cornyn, Thune, Crapo, & Portman joined Finance Committee Democrats in voting to keep the massive energy tax breaks in the bill!
The votes for Grassley’s $13+ billion wind PTC and ITC extension to benefit “wind farm” owners would result in an equal addition to future generations’ debt burden! Under Grassley’s measure, owners of “wind farms” would be able to continue reducing their corporate income tax liability by $0.023 (adjusted upward for inflation) for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity produced by their wind turbines during the next 10 years.
The wind PTC was initially passed in 1992 as a temporary incentive to help a then fledgling industry – with the expectation that wind energy would be environmentally benign and would become commercially viable. However, after nearly 40 years of subsidies for wind energy R&D and 20 years of lucrative wind energy tax breaks -- together totaling over $100 billion:
Eight Republicans (some claiming to be “conservatives”) and 110 Democrats in the US House of Representatives have signed a letter to House leaders urging extension of the wind PTC. The tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee hasn’t taken up the wind PTC, but one of the wind industry’s Washington lobbyists has bragged that the wind industry still has "very strong support from Democrats in the House and strong support from some, but not all, of the Republicans."
Last December, Senator Grassley told constituents in Iowa that the costly wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) would be extended soon. “…Congress will come back after the New Year and approve four dozen or more tax credits.” “There are a lot of economic interests”…represented in the tax credits. Those interest groups collectively “put a lot of pressure on Congress to re-institute the credits’
In addition to wind industry lobbyists, Grassley undoubtedly was referring to such Washington establishment organizations as the US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, and Business Roundtable. Organizations such as these once championed private enterprise but now seem to be heavily influenced by member companies that:
The April 3rd action by the Senate Finance Committee certainly helps explain why a recent Gallup Survey shows that Congress currently has a 13% favorability rating. If the nation’s “Millennials” understand how the Congress is adding to the debt that they and their children will bear, they may assign an even lower rating!
Glenn R. Schleede
 Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.
 See “Results of [Senate Finance Committee] Executive Session.040314” download 4/9/14 from: http://www.finance.senate.gov/legislation/details/?id=67094f10-5056-a032-52ff-257830e0a938
 Electricity is produced by wind turbines only when wind speeds are in the right range (starting around 6 MPH, reaching rated capacity around 32 MPH, and cutting out around 55 MPH). Electricity from wind turbines is, therefore, low in value because it is intermittent, volatile, unreliable, and most likely to be produced at night in colder months, not on hot weekday afternoons when most needed. Reliable generating using conventional energy sources must always be available to maintain stable electric grids and a reliable electricity supply.
 King (IA), Lucas (OK), Runyan (NJ), Fitzpatrick (PA), Gibson (NY), Latham (IA), Noem (SD). Cole (OK).
 http://www.snl.com/Interactivex/article.aspx?CdId=A-27696241-11565 (downloaded April 11, 2014)
 The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA), December 11, 2013.
Renewal of Wind PTC Will Lead to Big Boost in Carbon Emissions
|A Warning to Congress: Renewal of Wind Energy |
Subsidies Will Lead to Big Boost in CO2 Emissions:
... For those who say this problem is more a product of rock-
bottom natural gas prices than the PTC, I say think again. Wind
tends to be nocturnal, blowing during off-peak hours for power
consumption, according to UBS and a 2012 Northbridge study.
It’s when people least need the power, yet that’s just when the
taxpayers are being hit in the pocket. Natural gas plants are not
setting wholesale prices in the dead of night, but the wind turbines keep spinning.
So how does all of this connect to going backwards on climate
This PTC problem causes the erosion of our existing nuclear fleet,
the low-carbon workhorse. As I mentioned, nuke plants are shutting
down prematurely — Vermont Yankee in Vermont and Kewaunee in
Wisconsin to name two — and more are in danger of following suit.
When that happens, climate scientists say, carbon emissions will skyrocket.
Starting and stopping our thermal plants to accommodate these
windy splurges also causes big increases in all contaminant
emissions, including carbon. Just as the fuel economy in your
car worsens when you’re inching along in traffic rather than
cruising at a steady 55 MPH, the so-called ‘cycling’ of gas and
coal-fired plants burns up more feedstock, pouring CO2 into the
atmosphere. In fact, Bentek, a Colorado energy analytics firm,
found that the 1,327 cycling incidents in the state in 2009 created
up to 6.8 million pounds of ‘extra’ SO2, 3.1 million pounds of NOX
and 147,000 pounds of CO2.....
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