Who was behind the money to stop Keystone XL?

posted at 4:55 pm on February 20, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

For those who were dismayed by the President’s decision to nix the Keystone XL pipeline, you may think it was an effort orchestrated primarily from the White House. While that certainly was part of it, you may have noticed a rather prominent and very public campaign taking place to stop the project showing up in advertisements, mailings and less obvious whisper campaigns across the nation. Who pays for all of that?

The Daily Caller has a lengthy investigative piece out today which sheds a bit of light on the subject. In it, we find out that they have uncovered a presentation dating back several years where some well financed groups vowed to dump significant amounts of cash into bringing development to a screeching halt. And who was behind it? The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

A Powerpoint presentation obtained by The Daily Caller shows that during a July 2008 meeting, the $789 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund proposed to coordinate and fund a dozen environmental and anti-corporate activist groups’ efforts to scuttle pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Canada to the United States.

The most recent incarnation of that pipeline plan, the Keystone XL project, was the subject of intense public controversy until the Obama administration rejected it in January.

You can view the presentation here for yourself. Their report is three pages long, but it’s worth going through all of the material. The players involved include plenty of names you’ll recognize from the environmental lobby and a few new ones as well. And the attacks weren’t restricted to inside the United States. According to a separate report, US green lobby interests poured more than $300M into Canadian environmental groups’ coffers to fight the project from north of the border as well.

But if you drill down well past the lede (pun intended) you’ll find that it wasn’t just a media campaign to garner public sympathy for green energy initiatives by the Obama administration and against fossil fuels. They also targeted banks and other lending institutions in a sort of financial terrorism campaign to get them to avoid funding work to complete the project and to reduce demand for the eventual product.

“The Midwest and Western regions of the United States,” Casey-Lefkowitz’s presentation said, “are ripe for regional campaigns focused on tar sands oil.”

She also described an ambitious anti-corporate campaign aimed at “rais[ing] the financial risks” for banks and investors dealing with energy issues involving oil from tar sands sources.

Her plan’s goals, according to her presentation, were to “raise [the] investment risk profile of toxics, health liability, water limitations, infrastructure limitations and global warming pollution” and “[p]revent the proposed modification of [Securities Exchange Commission] reserves reporting rules that would reward and encourage further tar sands exploitation.”

Millions of dollars of “secretive money” was funneled into this campaign. (Gee… does that phrase ring a bell?) And it all went to promote unproven, alternative energy projects like Solyndra while applying pressure to stop the US-Canadian efforts to build Keystone XL and increase our domestic partnership with Canada for energy independence.

Kind of makes you wonder if there isn’t something to getting all of this “secretive money” out of Washington after all, eh? (Insert back bacon joke here, hosers.)


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$4.23/gal for regular unleaded, CA$H, not credit in Southern California…

… and rising!

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Who was behind the money to stop Keystone XL?

Does it matter for now?

They won, The US lost.

cozmo on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Of course, there was BIG MONEY, extortion and black mail stopping the freedom from foreign oil and creating jobs.

uhangtight on February 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

And who was behind it? The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

It’s the Mitt crowd.

portlandon on February 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Just the same handfull of those making billions on the backs of American’s with the help of bho and team? I saw some weeks ago, buffett made million on the stop of the pipeline? Now one has to ask, how much money has bho gotten for his stop of this and where has he stashed it?
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letget on February 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

That high pitched whine is the sound of John D. Rockefeller spinning in his grave at about 30,000 RPM.

Rixon on February 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Who cares about that?

Thanks be to El Presidente Downgrade, we’ll get to pay $5.00 Plus for gas soon!

Whoopie!

/sarc.

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

“And it all went to promote unproven, alternative energy projects like Solyndra while applying pressure to stop the US-Canadian efforts to build Keystone XL and increase our domestic partnership with Canada for energy independence.”

“The 1st time is happenstance; 2nd time is coincidence; 3rd time is enemy action”

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

$4.23/gal for regular unleaded, CA$H, not credit in Southern California…

… and rising!

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Just remember, no matter what it can’t be due to the Downgrading of our energy supply.

/socialist national media

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Who was behind the money to stop Keystone XL?

The usual gang of idiots.

squint on February 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

My question is, why don’t they fund the projects like Solyndra with their own money. We need to start asking that question, no public funds for this unproven tech.

Africanus on February 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

$4.23/gal for regular unleaded, CA$H, not credit in Southern California…

… and rising!

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

That doesn’t mean anything to Baroque or the Regime. They do not have to worry about little things like paying for gasoline. Other people (you) do that for them.

Let them eat cake.

CorporatePiggy on February 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Rockefellers preventing oil from being pumped out of the ground and turned into gasoline. Anyone see the irony?

Smedley on February 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Whose going to stop THEM?
One of these days…the people will!
…unexpectedly!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

One of the organizations mentioned “Corporate Ethics International“…heavy on “The Internationale

Amendment X on February 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Rockefellers preventing oil from being pumped out of the ground and turned into gasoline. Anyone see the irony?

Smedley on February 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Actually they are just preventing oil they don’t own and control from reaching the USA. You know like JR Ewing from the Dallas show.

bgibbs1000 on February 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

These people are pure evil.

darwin on February 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

My question is, why don’t they fund the projects like Solyndra with their own money. We need to start asking that question, no public funds for this unproven tech.

Africanus on February 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Because they aren’t stupid.

The point of these sorts of projects is the cash flow which they make a nice profit from. The viability of the project doesn’t mean all that much as long as the cash keeps coming in.

If someone is willing to fork over $20 million dollars a year for you to research flying pink elephants, would you take the job? Well these guys can lobby government to have those sorts of programs funded with your tax dollars and they laugh all the way to the bank.

sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Does it matter for now?

They won, The US lost.

cozmo on February 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

They won the last four years. it’s up to US to make sure its the only price we’ve paid.

The country is bowed, but we aren’t beaten yet, not unless we concede.

I’m not ready to do that…are you?

BlaxPac on February 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Now one has to ask, how much money has bho gotten for his stop of this and where has he stashed it?
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letget on February 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Watch for Mooch’s next vaycays to the Swiss Alps,
or the Caymans
:O

burrata on February 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

The usual Anti-American groups behind this, along with Obama (the first Anti-American president). How much longer are Americans going to sit quietly and allow the environmental wackos and Left destroy the country?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

They won the last four years. it’s up to US to make sure its the only price we’ve paid.

The country is bowed, but we aren’t beaten yet, not unless we concede.

I’m not ready to do that…are you?

BlaxPac on February 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

49.5% of Americans DON’T pay any taxes now. What happens when that reaches 50.1%?

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/19/chart-of-the-week-nearly-half-of-all-americans-dont-pay-income-taxes/

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Does anyone know if there is a list identifying where these people receive their money from so I can avoid contributing to their PC-kneejerk-idiocy? Or is it all family trusts, i.e., too late to hit them where it hurts?

EdmundBurke247 on February 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’ll stop believing in conspiracy theories when everyone else stops proving me right.

Chaz706 on February 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Guess who profits once the Keystone XL pipeline got cancelled ?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/24/buffett-would-profit-keystone-cancellation/
The dude whose poor little secretary has just 3 houses

burrata on February 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

My question is, why don’t they fund the projects like Solyndra with their own money. We need to start asking that question, no public funds for this unproven tech.

Africanus on February 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Because they are busy funding a bunch of angry vegans who have never seen the sharp end of a disposable razor.

…Casey-Lefkowitz’s…

Trust me, I am betting you don’t want Ms. Casey-Lefkowitz raising her arms or wearing shorts on a summer day.

gravityman on February 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

My question is, why don’t they fund the projects like Solyndra with their own money. We need to start asking that question, no public funds for this unproven tech.

Africanus on February 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Because the goal isn’t “green energy”. The goal is to limit cheap, available fuel that allows people the freedom of mobility, crush self sufficiency, ban 3/4 of the worlds land mass to habitation and ultimately determine the size of that population and control it.

darwin on February 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I’m not ready to do that…are you?

BlaxPac on February 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Of course not. Just stating the facts. Team Obama won, no matter who was pulling his strings. The pipeline is dead, China is going to partner with Canada and the US gets to make cars that run on unicorn farts.

cozmo on February 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

49.5% of Americans DON’T pay any taxes now. What happens when that reaches 50.1%?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama gets reelected? If only those nasty Republicans would stop blocking his efforts to give “workin’ folks” a tax break….

Syzygy on February 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

The Left hates the poor and middle class. How else to explain advocating for and funding energy policies that harm these groups the most?

How can the Left claim to represent the working man on one hand and on the other work to drive up the cost of electricity via cap and trade and an aggressive EPA and drive up the cost of fuel by cutting off access to US and friendly sources.

No matter how much they wish for a green energy revolution it won’t happen because they will it. They will however harm millions of people and our economy in the process.

These people want Americans to be less mobile, poor, and confined to dense urban areas. They are evil.

Charlemagne on February 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

49.5% of Americans DON’T pay any taxes now. What happens when that reaches 50.1%?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Obama gets reelected? If only those nasty Republicans would stop blocking his efforts to give “workin’ folks” a tax break….

Syzygy on February 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Yes, and we become a several orders of magnitude larger version of Greece.

Why would anyone want that?

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Does anyone know if there is a list identifying where these people receive their money from so I can avoid contributing to their PC-kneejerk-idiocy? Or is it all family trusts, i.e., too late to hit them where it hurts?

EdmundBurke247 on February 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This is a list of who they fund.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderprofile.asp?fndid=5322&category=79

sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Well, when Mitt gets a hold of those powerful Wall Street investors, he is going to show them a thing or two…

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Yummy! Cake.

SouthernGent on February 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Who cares about that?

Thanks be to El Presidente Downgrade, we’ll get to pay $5.00 Plus for gas soon!

Whoopie!

/sarc.

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Then how can you explain this

The United States’ rapidly declining crude oil supply has made a stunning about-face, shredding federal oil projections and putting energy independence in sight of some analyst forecasts.

After declining to levels not seen since the 1940s, U.S. crude production began rising again in 2009. Drilling rigs have rushed into the nation’s oil fields, suggesting a surge in domestic crude is on the horizon.

The number of rigs in U.S. oil fields has more than quad­rupled in the past three years to 1,272, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. Including those in natural gas fields, the United States now has more rigs at work than the entire rest of the world.

“It’s staggering,” said Marshall Adkins, who directs energy research for the financial services firm Raymond James. “If we continue growing anywhere near that pace and keep squeezing demand out of the system, that puts you in a world where we are not importing oil in 10 years.”

There are doubts that energy independence is that close. But many say the booming shale oil fields in Texas and North Dakota and the growth of deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico will allow the nation to cut its reliance on oil imports significantly over the next couple of decades.

Last month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration upgraded its forecast of crude production in 2025 to 6.4 million barrels per day – 1 million barrels more than were pumped in 2010.

Previously, the EIA had projected the U.S. would peak at 6 million barrels in 2022.

“The growth that we’ve seen in shale, that’s one of the biggest changes that’s contributing to our outlook,” said Dana Van-Wagener, a research analyst for the agency. “It’s evolving so quickly. We weren’t anticipating enough growth.”

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/02/20/u-s-oil-gusher-blows-out-projections/

Or this

Strangely, the current run-up in prices comes despite sinking demand in the U.S. “Petrol demand is as low as it’s been since April 1997,” says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service. “People are properly puzzled by the fact that we’re using less gas than we have in years, yet we’re paying more.”

Kloza believes much of the increase is due to speculative money that’s flowed into gasoline futures contracts since the beginning of the year, mostly from hedge funds and large money managers. “We’ve seen about $11 billion of speculative money come in on the long side of gas futures,” he says. “Each of the last three weeks we’ve seen a record net long position being taken.”

http://www.businessweek.com/finance/rising-gas-prices-not-demand-driven-02142012.html

Salahuddin on February 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Julia Louis Dreyfuss speaking out against Keystone.

Louis Dreyfus Energy Services

Hope you like that gas cost when it gets above 6 dollars you entertainment worshiping liberals.

hawkdriver on February 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Why is the average Dem voter OK with this?

visions on February 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

here’s their latest effort…as the PPT presentation suggests…Canada is next

Rather than preparing to listen respectfully to community members in British Columbia, the Canadian federal government is acting as a spokesperson for Big Oil, accusing opponents of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline of being “radicals” and “foreigners.” When it comes to tar sands pipelines, multinational oil companies are hijacking a Canadian process with a recent series of accusations from tar sands interests trying to minimize the very valid Canadian public concerns.

from susan casey-lefkowitz…aka The Voice of the People. They want to stop canada from shipping thru BC

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/susan-caseylefkowitz/enbridge-pipeline_b_1196189.html

r keller on February 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

“Rockefeller Brothers” as in the family who made its fortune with Standard Oil? Oil $ for me, but not for thee?

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

This is a list of who they fund.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderprofile.asp?fndid=5322&category=79

sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

O
M
G
Look at that list !
It starts with :

Among the organizations funded by RBF are: the Tides Foundation; the Tides Center;

burrata on February 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Why is the average Dem voter OK with this?

visions on February 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

They’re completely ignorant of the fact that the democrat party is now a party of anti-American radicals. To many democrat voters it’s still the party of JFK.

darwin on February 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

“Rockefeller Brothers” as in the family who made its fortune with Standard Oil? Oil $ for me, but not for thee?

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Yep. Them too. And we’re powerless to do anything about it because the media beats us every time.

“Save the environment!”

(and the Dreyfus and Rockefeller billions in fortunes)

hawkdriver on February 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Keep that info around. When gas hits $5/gallon, the mob will know who to go after with their pitchforks.

GarandFan on February 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

O
M
G
Look at that list !
It starts with :

Among the organizations funded by RBF are: the Tides Foundation; the Tides Center;

burrata on February 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

And ACORN, Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International and every other leftist nutball outfit you can name. I am just shocked the ACLU isn’t on the list.

sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

It’s the Mitt crowd.
portlandon on February 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Well, when Mitt gets a hold of those powerful Wall Street investors, he is going to show them a thing or two…
right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney has always favored drilling. But that doesn’t stop the populist class-warfare wing of the Hot Airian wing of the Republican Party from babbling on nonsensically.

PS: You know what candidate was a Rockefeller Republican?

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

As Gas prices rise, Obama’s approvals go down. Nice going chumps.

moc23 on February 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Northrop’s presentation described the extraction of oil from Canada’s vast tar sands oil deposits as a threat to environmentalists’ efforts to curb global warming.

They want to drive up the price of fossil fuels until they are no longer economicial to force us into using “green” technology.

They want to starve us into submission. And our president’s cool with that.

29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Salahuddin on February 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Then why are the prices going up?

Did El Presidente Downgrade repeal the law of supply and demand?

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Romney has always favored drilling. But that doesn’t stop the populist class-warfare wing of the Hot Airian wing of the Republican Party from babbling on nonsensically.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

So now people who don’t like Romney are what? Nazis?

The best part of Romney trailing in the polls is that the Mittbots crank the crazy up to 11.

29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Romney has always favored drilling. But that doesn’t stop the populist class-warfare wing of the Hot Airian wing of the Republican Party from babbling on nonsensically.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Massachusetts has adopted the nation’s first law regulating carbon emissions from power plants. It has also committed to buying 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, created a Renewable Energy Trust Fund to encourage energy efficiency and renewable-energy project development, and instituted a CO2 offset program for new utilities. Under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the state completed an ambitious GHG plan in 2004 that includes a substantial renewables purchase commitment for state facilities, a smart growth program, a plan for greening state vehicle fleets, improvements in building codes, and a requirement that all new building projects disclose the CO2 emissions they will generate.

The guy praising Romney here is Rockefeller Brothers Fund program officer Michael Northrop.

And Mitt in his own words…

Mr. Romney joined activists outside an aging, coal-fired plant in 2003 to show his commitment to the emissions caps. “I will not create jobs or hold jobs that kill people, and that plant, that plant kills people,” he said.

sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Bottom up, top down, inside out.

Mirimichi on February 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Yep. I knew this guy had to be connected also. I’ve heard him described as Canada’s version of George Soros, even though Soros doesn’t seem as environmentally wacko, surprisingly.

PatriotGal2257 on February 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM

49.5% of Americans DON’T pay any taxes now. What happens when that reaches 50.1%?

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Well, technically only 64% of adults (16 and over), able to work, are currently working or looking for work (in the workforce). Only 89% of those are actually working (employed). And only 54% of those who are working pay Federal income tax. So, we are actually at the point were only about 30% of work eligible adults actually pay Federal income tax.

LoganSix on February 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM

So now people who don’t like Romney are what? Nazis?

The best part of Romney trailing in the polls is that the Mittbots crank the crazy up to 11.

29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Don’t be a whiny little b!tch…that’s what DailyKos is for.

Jaibones on February 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

The local effort was spearheaded by BOLD Nebraska, with major funding from Dick Holland, one of the original Berkshire Hathaway investors. Burlington Northern (owned by BH) looks to profit nicely hauling that oil by tanker car (if the Canadians aren’t so p***ed off over this that they sell us any at all). It could be simply a coincidence, but it could be Warren Buffet playing the enviros like a fiddle.

Dick Holland is a famously generous philanthropist in Omaha, but his politics are pretty far left.

misterdregs on February 20, 2012 at 6:20 PM

So who benefits financially from blocking tar sands oil? Other than Berkshire Hathaway-owned railroads, the only current alternative to moving the oil.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were poured into this campaign, somebody plans on making a lot more than that.

Follow the money.

iurockhead on February 20, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Keep that info around. When gas hits $5/gallon, the mob will know who to go after with their pitchforks.

GarandFan on February 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

We’d better start killing all the whales. We’ll need something to power our torches once petroleum is only available to the Rockebuffets.

TugboatPhil on February 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I am just shocked the ACLU isn’t on the list.

sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I’m sure these groups have some process by which they can launder money towards the ACLU, afterall ACLU is essential to the
anti-American causes which the RBF funds exclusively

burrata on February 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Then why are the prices going up?

Did El Presidente Downgrade repeal the law of supply and demand?

Chip on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Did you even read?!

Strangely, the current run-up in prices comes despite sinking demand in the U.S. “Petrol demand is as low as it’s been since April 1997,” says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service. “People are properly puzzled by the fact that we’re using less gas than we have in years, yet we’re paying more.”
Kloza believes much of the increase is due to speculative money that’s flowed into gasoline futures contracts since the beginning of the year, mostly from hedge funds and large money managers. “We’ve seen about $11 billion of speculative money come in on the long side of gas futures,” he says. “Each of the last three weeks we’ve seen a record net long position being taken.”

http://www.businessweek.com/finance/rising-gas-prices-not-demand-driven-02142012.html

Speculators, my friend. Supply is record high and demand is 15 years low!! There’s nothing a president can do about it. Blame the deregulated oil market.

Salahuddin on February 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Salahuddin on February 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

So now people who don’t like Romney are what? Nazis?
The best part of Romney trailing in the polls is that the Mittbots crank the crazy up to 11.
29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Get a grip, Vicky. I call people who frequent Hot Air, “Hot Airians”. You know, spelled with an “i” not a “y”.

Massachusetts has adopted the nation’s first law regulating carbon emissions from power plants. It has also committed to buying 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, created a Renewable Energy Trust Fund to encourage energy efficiency and renewable-energy project development
The guy praising Romney here is Rockefeller Brothers Fund program officer Michael Northrop.
sharrukin on February 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

So what? IIRC, that renewable energy trust fund predated Romney’s tenure. And the fact remains old coal plants did cause pollution (like ash, sulfur, mercury…). Where I differ is with those who claim CO2 is a pollutant. I approve of programs which keep the air and water clean; I disapprove of the global warming nonsense.

Meanwhile, what does coal have to do with the Keystone oil Pipeline or class warfare?

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Salahuddin on February 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Well sure, Bloomberg is the place to go for petro-news.

If that doesn’t work, blame Bush.

cozmo on February 20, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Why is the average Dem voter OK with this?
visions on February 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

They’re completely ignorant of the fact that the democrat party is now a party of anti-American radicals. To many democrat voters it’s still the party of JFK.
darwin on February 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Sadly, this is true. And of course, on the other side, for many Republicans it’s still the party of Reagan.
That’s why primary and general election discussions are important: it’s the only time most people get a new look at their party.
Hopefully, some will not like what they see, and make a change.

AesopFan on February 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I’ll stop believing in conspiracy theories when everyone else stops proving me right.
Chaz706 on February 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

LOL.
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get ya.

AesopFan on February 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Bottom up, top down, inside out.

Mirimichi on February 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I guess Beck wasn’t so nuts after all, eh?

BallisticBob on February 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Obama cares about jobs!

His and Joe Biden’s.

Period.

profitsbeard on February 20, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Don’t be a whiny little b!tch…that’s what DailyKos is for.

Jaibones on February 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Get a grip, Vicky. I call people who frequent Hot Air, “Hot Airians”. You know, spelled with an “i” not a “y”.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I am loving this! How long ’till the Mittbots begin running around in circles yelling “EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!”

Oh, how far away “Resistance is Futile!” seems now.

And a Mittbot telling someone else not to be “whiny.” Hi-larious. And doubly so coming from Jaibones.

29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

From what I gather from the list of organizations the Rockefeller Fund supports, the fund gives not only to the left side but the Right as well. The reason they give to the Right is to prevent them being seen as a left wing organization. I wonder how much they give to the left versus the Right. I have a feeling the difference is substantial.

I also have a feeling this Fund has way more influence over our government than anyone would be comfortable with. Perhaps we should not be too concerned about the PAC’s and more concerned about the Rockefellers.

gasmeterguy on February 20, 2012 at 8:38 PM

How long ’till the Mittbots begin running around in circles yelling “EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!”
29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Why do you say that, Vicky? Are you a cockroach living in mortal fear of the Roach Motel?

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

So when do we start tar and feathering these @ssholes?

SilverDeth on February 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

It gets worse. The national finance chair for the DNC is Jane Stetson, a Rockefeller descendant living in the socialist paradise of Vermont (and Washington DC).

John D. Rockefeller, a proud Ohio oilman (and dedicated monopolist) would deeply regret turning his generations to come into hereditary aristocrats. Look what they’ve become- crony capitalists (via Chase bank) and subversives. They’re convinced the theft of other peoples money will never affect them, just as the Catholic Church hierarchy was convinced that the trampling of other peoples liberty would never affect the church itself.

Wrong. Just wrong.

MTF on February 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Why do you say that, Vicky? Are you a cockroach living in mortal fear of the Roach Motel?

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Exterminate, annihilate, DESTROY!!! Mittbots conquer and destroy!!! Mittbots conquer and destroy!!! Mittbots conquer and destroy!!! Mittbots conquer and destroy!!!

Ya know, y’all used to really tick me off. Now I just laugh.

29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Oh, and PS: shes also a descendant of Thomas Watson, the founder of IBM. She’ll never go hungry or worry about “work”. It’s all an abstract concept to her.

MTF on February 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Ya know, y’all used to really tick me off. Now I just laugh.
29Victor on February 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I’m picturing a crazy guy on a rocking chair right now, proprietor of the Bates Roach Motel.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

All this funding from heirs of standard oil which was broken up into several pieces such as the company which is the largest oil company in the world which is not owned by a government.

burt on February 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Same $ behind the fight against the Northern Gateway pipeline here in Canada.

What makes that even worse is that in that case, you have foreign $ (and celebrities like Robert Redford) interfering with what should be a domestic Canadian matter.

All the background here — short and sweet.

ConservativeTalkRadio on February 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM

$4.559 is the newly designated, SuperAmerica/Speedway led gouge mark in the Twin Cities.

It’s days like these I find myself really receptive to a 100% inheritance tax. More evil is done with trust fund money, than any other source.

MNHawk on February 21, 2012 at 8:40 AM

It’s the Mitt crowd.
portlandon on February 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

You and “not 2 bright” make me sick. If only Mitt was in there we would be drilling in Alaska, and a pipe line from a country who is not out to kill everyone of us!

Bambi on February 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Conservative talk radio: I thought I would copy so everyone can read it, so thanks for the reference.

Hugo Chavez’s oil company is just one of the many foreign groups registered to testify at the Canadian government’s Joint Review Panel about the Northern Gateway pipeline. So are countless other foreigners from Europe to South America and a long list of foreign-funded lobbyists too. Use the form below to write federal to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and tell him we don’t want foreign interests or their local puppet groups manipulating our decision about our pipeline. Ban foreigners and their local puppets from appearing before the pipeline review panel.

Bambi on February 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

As Gas prices rise, Obama’s approvals go down. Nice going chumps.

moc23 on February 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Except he will pull some stunt in about … October to get a short term drop-off in the price, and his poll numbers will go through the roof! Even though the price will still be higher than it is right now, it will be less than what it was at the beginning of October, and the lemmings will jump!

GWB on February 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

My Shocked Face has already faded away.

Bu bu but, don’t call it crony capitalism! Only Republicans do that, ya know. /sarc

Kudos to Little Tucker’s Daily Caller. If the GOP doesn’t jump all over this, they’re even bigger morons than I already believe.

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Karl Magnus on February 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

My question is, why don’t they fund the projects like Solyndra with their own money? We need to start asking that question, no public funds for this unproven tech. Africanus on February 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Huh?! Why do that when the POTUS is your sock puppet tool and the state-run media runs interference for you for free?!

Why don’t they use their own money?! Shoot, if I could use your money to pay my bills, or otherwise advance my causes in life, why wouldn’t I? I mean, I wouldn’t do that, for the record, but you know what I mean.

Akzed on February 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

ConservativeTalkRadio on February 21, 2012 at 6:16 AM

Wow.

One has to wonder how much Saudi etc money flows into envirowhacko groups in the US.

Akzed on February 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I’m sure that Peter Gleick is all over this ethics-wise. With ethics watchdogs like him on the case, we can vote like a baby. I mean sleep like a baby.

Akzed on February 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM