Rep. Stearns: We should probably look into this wind farm business

posted at 5:01 pm on July 2, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

You may have heard about the controversial Cape Wind project, the country’s first planned offshore wind farm off of the coast of Massachusetts. There are a lot of interests involved — fishermen, environmentalists, residents, aviation, the wind lobby, etcetera — and while the project has been digging around for some federal funding for some time, they did recently get at least the full permitting go-ahead from the Obama administration.

Opponents of the project, however, claim to have evidence that the Obama administration applied undue political “pressure” to the Federal Aviation Administration to get the project green-lighted. Their complaints have garnered the notice of Rep. Cliff Stearns, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee of Solyndra-crackdown fame.

“The emails that came from the FAA that I have seen obviously shows the White House is pushing the FAA for political reasons,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla.

Audra Parker, the president of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, an organization that’s working to prevent the wind farm’s development, said her organization has obtained documents she believes are proof the Federal Aviation Administration fast-tracked the project despite safety concerns for local aviation. …

A PowerPoint presentation given in 2010 states: “The Secretary of the Interior has approved this project. The Administration is under pressure to promote green energy production. It would be very difficult politically to refuse approval of this project.” …

“I think the Cape Wind project is something similar to Solyndra in the sense there’s a lot of pressure from the White House,” the congressman said.

I often bemoan the federal government’s green-energy agenda, not because I take any umbrage with the idea of non-conventional sources of energy, but because the federal government should not be in the business of choosing what those new forms of energy are going to be. The free market is perfectly capable of coming up with viable, affordable, efficient substitutes on its own, thank you very much (think about it — the car was initially an alternative to the horse, you know, and cars are a heck of a lot more environmentally friendly than horses).

The government is not a dispassionate bystander, but rather an entity with both political ambitions and ‘unlimited’ cash at its disposal — it’s too risky that they’ll just waste our money while aiding and abetting a form of energy that doesn’t hold real promise, or isn’t ready for mass production. Which, as we’ve seen with the Obama administration, they frequently do.

What’s worse, going full-on big-government to accomplish your political green agenda only sets up an environment for rent-seeking and crony capitalism, messing with market signals and leading to lord only knows what kinds of corruption. Given that the pro-wind movement has a notoriously powerful lobby, I wouldn’t say no to Rep. Stearns’ suggestion of a federal investigation.


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It’s not a “green-energy” project, it’s a tax. Problem solved.

Next!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Spinning WindMills of Hope,
and blowing winds of Change!!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Hopey must be getting boat loads of loot,from
Greeny Groups!!

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

When is this stupidity going to stop? Why would anyone suggest using a technology that kills so many endangered species birds that the environmental wackos went to court to shut it down?

Stupidity squared. Or cubed.

platypus on July 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Well you will be happy to hear the Navy is going ‘green’! It seems that the biofuel is ‘ONLY’ $26.00 a gal! Gotta keep foto’s in business now don’t we? Just look at the price for algae fuel per gal! WAY to keep the US in the red for decades?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/02/us-usa-navy-greenfleet-idUSBRE86106X20120702
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letget on July 2, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Hopey must be getting giving boat loads of loot, from Greeny Groups!!

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Fixed it.

platypus on July 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Green energy crowds out the essential conventional energy sources like oil & gas. Most obviously, wind power, solar power, and other massively subsidized green energies would not exist at all if it wasn’t for costly govt largess. Indeed, the green boondoggles are a prime reason for the financial crisis in Europe.

Climate change is the only conceivable justification for expensive green energy. But, ultimately, to produce a given amount of this “clean” energy a great amount of conventional “dirty” energy is needed. So even if climate change wasn’t a leftist perpetrated fraud, it wouldn’t make any sense from that perspective either. Green energy is little more than a salve to the conscience of bleeding hearts, and a costly down the drain money sink. Enough already!

anotherJoe on July 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Twenty million butchered ducks, seagulls, eagles, pelicans, and other flying critters could not be reached for comment could not find ONE environmentalist/naturalist to speak for them.

Rovin on July 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

FAA

The FAA, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is charged with (1) regulating air commerce to promote its safety and development; (2) achieving the efficient use of navigable airspace of the United States; (3) promoting, encouraging, and developing civil aviation; (4) developing and operating a common system of air traffic control and air navigation for both civilian and military aircraft; and (5) promoting the development of a national system of airports.

It was the passage of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 that created the group under the name “Federal Aviation Agency”, and adopted its current name in 1967 when it became a part of the United States Department of Transportation. The FAA is one of the most influential government run aviation agencies in the world, and is recognized around the globe for its commitment to further aviation education, safety and research.

Some of the FAA’s most recognized roles are regulating U.S. commercial space transportation, encouraging, researching and developing civil aeronautics, issuing, suspending, or revoking pilot certificates, regulating civil aviation to promote safety, especially through local offices called Flight Standards District Offices, developing and operating both air traffic control and navigation systems for civilian and military air traffic, researching and developing the National Airspace System and civil aeronautics and developing and carrying out programs to control aircraft noise and other environmental effects of civil aviation.

Where does it say “windmills”?

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Hopey must be getting giving boat loads of loot, from to Greeny Groups!!

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Second time’s a charm. Preview is my friend.

platypus on July 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Meanwhile……………

Siemens offers to bail out offshore wind farm after DOE stalls loan guarantee
Jun 22, 2011
*************

Cape Wind, the controversial $2.5 billion wind farm project planned off the coast of Cape Cod, took another beating last month when DOE told the company its application for a $2 billion loan guarantee had been put “on hold.” Despite that setback, Siemens CFO Josef Kaeser told Bloomberg that it remains willing to finance the project.

Siemens and Cape Wind have worked together for several years as Siemens will supply and service the roughly 130 wind turbines for the project.

“We’ve always made it clear that we are not only willing but also capable of helping support the whole project,” Kaeser was quoted as saying in the Bloomberg article. He said he had no doubts that the project will continue. Specifically, Siemens has indicated it would offer debt and equity financing.(More….)
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http://www.smartgridnews.com/artman/publish/Business_Markets_Pricing/Siemens-offers-to-bail-out-offshore-wind-farm-after-DOE-stalls-loan-guarantee-3776.html

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Some Republican lawmakers have seized on the fuel’s $26-a-gallon price, compared to $3.60 for conventional fuel. They paint the program as a waste of precious funds at a time when the U.S. government’s budget remains severely strained, the Pentagon is facing cuts and energy companies are finding big quantities of oil and gas in the United States.

This is on drudge.com

This is what is being fueled so that our ships called “green” can go. What? $26.00 a gallon! Are we nuts!?

Bambi on July 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hopey must be getting giving boat loads of loot, from to Greeny Groups!!

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Second time’s a charm. Preview is my friend.

platypus on July 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

platypus:Ya that works just the same,and,I never use Preview!

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

NIMBY: payback is h*ll so let them suffer with the stupidity they have hosed the rest of us with.

chemman on July 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

…cars are a heck of a lot more environmentally friendly than horses…

Yeah, might want to check into the history of London about that…

playblu on July 2, 2012 at 5:20 PM

While I’d take great delight in spoiling the Kennedy view of the cape with windmills, I do have to question the intelligence of those involved.

Living right on the coast, I’ve see how corrosive salt air can be. Have any of those windmill geniuses done any testing as to how long their generators are going to survive in that environment?

GarandFan on July 2, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Not to mention that if the Cape Wind boondoggle is actually constructed and goes online, the National Grid (a power company) customers will have to pay a hefty surcharge for the privilege of using this ‘green’ electricity. Unfortunately, it will be conmingled with National Grid’s regular sources, so there will be no way for customers to decide which electricity they will pay for. Not exactly a free-market solution, is it?

MrLynn on July 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I looked in to them just now. Turns out they’re a complete waste of everybody’s time and money.

They kill birds too, and bats. Why do Liberals hate baby animals?

mudskipper on July 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

with all due respect, i think we should all start taking umbrage at the ‘unconventional’ ‘energy’ people

the entire scam is based on the general stupidity of people not knowing where electricity comes from. Wind power is especially stupid..filled with lies (writing stories with nameplate capacity to make windfarms sound bigger).

it is a measure to the stupidity and corruption of our political class that they traffic in such sleaze.

truly these are the same people that brought us Lysenko…and the Luddites. They are the same people. They have an strict ideology, and, as with all totalitarians, they allow no disagreement

so yeah, i take a lot of umbrage at snake-oil totalitarians wasting money and time in foisting their moronic unicorn dreams on us

r keller on July 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

“The emails that came from the FAA that I have seen obviously shows the White House is pushing the FAA for political reasons,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla.

Say it ain’t so!

davidk on July 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This is what is being fueled so that our ships called “green” can go. What? $26.00 a gallon! Are we nuts!?

Bambi on July 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM

“What you mean ‘we’, Kemosabi?”

Wait, it’s our money! I guess it is ‘we’. And if we keep these Marxist enviro-whackos in office, we will be nuts.

MrLynn on July 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

where is the dead eagle caucus.

Mr. Sun on July 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I looked in to them just now. Turns out they’re a complete waste of everybody’s time and money.

They kill birds too, and bats. Why do Liberals hate baby animals?

mudskipper on July 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

We have a new wind farm under construction here in New Hampshire. It’s actually within eyesight of Peregrine Falcon nesting grounds.

How it ever got approved is beyond me.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Interesting you should champion the car industry, which has frequently acted in its own self interest, hiding safety reports from the public, buddied up with cronies in the oil industry to squash potential alternative fuel technologies and lobbied for deregulation at the cost of environmental protections for American citizens. All hail the free market.

Mmm...Burritos on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Investigate? Go ask Boone Pickens about the payout. He said the other day he already missed that $150 million he flushed trying to expand wind farms in Texas. If I recall he said nat gas to be about $5.50/mcf and it’s close to $2-$2.50 and in abundence.

The PUC in Texas just (6/28/2012) raised allowable rates for raw electricity to go up by 50% to spur gas plant construction since they expect coal will be too expensive now. That’s going to ulimately raise our rates immediately from about 10 cents per kw/hr to 12 cents. Get ready for a 20% increase next month cowboys.

Promises kept. Thanks Obama.

DanMan on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Interesting you should champion the car industry, which has frequently acted in its own self interest, hiding safety reports from the public, buddied up with cronies in the oil industry to squash potential alternative fuel technologies and lobbied for deregulation at the cost of environmental protections for American citizens. All hail the free market.

Ralph Nader on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

lol, only thing you left out was Halliburton.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

r keller on July 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I shall be taking umbrage Nov. 6.

davidk on July 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Halliburton.

Mmm...Burritos on July 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

What’s worse, going full-on big-government to accomplish your political green agenda only sets up an environment for rent-seeking and crony capitalism, messing with market signals and leading to lord only knows what kinds of corruption. Given that the pro-wind movement has a notoriously powerful lobby, I wouldn’t say no to Rep. Stearns’ suggestion of a federal investigation.

…which will go where?

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I looked in to them just now. Turns out they’re a complete waste of everybody’s time and money.

They kill birds too, and bats. Why do Liberals hate baby animals?

mudskipper on July 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You forgot to add, they are a blight on the landscape.

I hate wind farms. Hate, hate, hate them.

Fallon on July 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

NIMBY

Ted Kennedy on July 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

davidk on July 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

How it ever got approved is beyond me.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Take a GoogleEarth flight to South Texas around Kenedy County and towards the coast and you’ll see hundreds of windmills on little square patches. Major migratory flight bath for Canadian Geese to Mexico. Hurt one and you’ll go to jail, shred ‘em in a windmill? meh.

DanMan on July 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

…which will go where?

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Let’s wait to see my friend. Remember the people on here shrieking that Issa would never go through with the contempt vote?

Flora Duh on July 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Along the same lines. Is control the only reason that big-gov totalitarian leftists like the 19th century transportation modes?

Mussolini came to power making trains run on time.

jukin3 on July 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Well, in the defense of Cape Wind, it is not a solely government project. I’m not sure Ted Kennedy would be real happy with Obama, since Swimmer Ted did his best to block construction.

Oh, and there was a report a few years ago that the project wouldn’t provide half of the power it is supposed to.

William Teach on July 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

…which will go where?

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

ask the teacher in California that is getting her pay docked for $3,125 student loan debt from 1978. Let’s apply this to federal defaults on energy all boondoggles and my grandkids may get to eat after all.

FIFMe

DanMan on July 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Don Quixote

kenny on July 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

E-MailGate!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The Supreme Court should just overturn the Second Law of Thermodynamics. That antiquated law is just the last vestige of a patriarchical-dominanted white culture and has no meaning for current times.

Problem solved.

PackerBronco on July 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Former Presidential candidate Senator John F. Kerry could not be reached for comment, but his Windsurfer sails where no wind turbine dares to tread. Is he for it after he was against it?

Steve Z on July 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

It’s not a “green-energy” project, it’s a tax. Problem solved.

Next!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

LOL!

TarheelBen on July 2, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Green energy is promoted by strange bedfellows:

- Pay to play Crony Capitalists who want them some of that sweet sweet taxpayer moolah and
- The truly delusional Gaia worshipers who don’t get a darn thing out of it except a vastly overblown sense of their own righteousness.

The Crony Capitalists are sleazy but entirely rational.

The Greenpeace freaks are mental cases.

CorporatePiggy on July 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

While your at it, kill the farking ethanol subsidies. it is pure idiocy.

hillbillyjim on July 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Don Quixote called….

ConservativeLA on July 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

While your at it, kill the farking ethanol subsidies. it is pure idiocy.

Couldn’t agree more.

ConservativeLA on July 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Where does it say “windmills”?

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Should read, wind-millions!

hillsoftx on July 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

the entire scam is based on the general stupidity of people not knowing where electricity comes from.

r keller on July 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Liberalism is utterly dependent on the general stupidity of the populace. Why do you think the filthy hippies made a mad dash to run our public “Education”?

squint on July 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Interesting you should champion the car industry, which has frequently acted in its own self interest, hiding safety reports from the public, buddied up with cronies in the oil industry to squash potential alternative fuel technologies and lobbied for deregulation at the cost of environmental protections for American citizens. All hail the free market.

Mmm…Burritos on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

You point to the excesses of an industry; ignoring for the moment the plusses brought to us by the automobile, and the spinoff technologies.

I’ll bet you own a car, though…

massrighty on July 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

“What you mean ‘we’, Kemosabi?”

Heh. Tonto not go to town.

ConservativeLA on July 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Should read, wind-millions!

hillsoftx on July 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Someone needs a trademark, copyright or whatever. Brilliant.

Fallon on July 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

If you look in the right places you’ll see one whole helluva lot of yours and my money that’s been spent on wind farms and you don’t have to try very hard.

Speakup on July 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Green energy is promoted by strange bedfellows:

- Pay to play Crony Capitalists who want them some of that sweet sweet taxpayer moolah and
- The truly delusional Gaia worshipers who don’t get a darn thing out of it except a vastly overblown sense of their own righteousness.

The Crony Capitalists are sleazy but entirely rational.

The Greenpeace freaks are mental cases.

CorporatePiggy on July 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Mostly because it will irritate you but also because it is the truth….most gays buy into this nonsense. What a bought group.

CW on July 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

The spinning blades create a vibration that turns gay whales straight. (that ought to kill it)

BL@KBIRD on July 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The development of the oil industry gave us the kerosene that made using whale-oil for illumination needless, and therefore greatly reduced the slaughter of whales.

The development of the wind industry, in contrast, imperils numerous species of birds and bats.

And yet which technology is the tree-huggers’ darling?

sistrum on July 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM

PackerBronco on July 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hahahaha. Very good.

None of these folks would ever be able to assess, honestly, these scenarios:

Generic.
There is a problem. Feds step in to allegedly fix said problem. Said problem gets worse. Feds say we need more monies to fix said problem. rinse, repeat.
Well, that actually covers it.

How is it that all this money gets spent. Oh, I forgot there is not a budget.
No, I didn’t forget the ‘?’. It is all rhetorical anyway, isn’t it?

Every thing the feds, and government in general, gets their hands on, gets worse.

Not a single politician can make this obvious case?

Mitt keeps sending me usps literature. I’m waiting for Mitt to say something, startling.

There isn’t any WIN in these rinos, seemingly. Just a little less disastrous and win the election, and the problems continue — unabated.

Somebody better start talking about the disaster which is ‘baseline budgeting’, too.
No budget * baseline budgeting == presto FAIL

You folks are aware that that fabulous ‘stimulus’ is baked in now, aren’t you?

Maybe it is all about the doomcrats purchasing votes with our money. At least they have their game face on.

What’s the over/under on… never mind.

Sorry for the ranting.

mickytx on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Ralph Nader on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

lol, only thing you left out was Halliburton.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Don’t forget the 400mpg carburetor that the evil oil companies are keeping hidden.

Solaratov on July 2, 2012 at 11:38 PM

OT (I suppose)
Just listening to Levin’s rewind. Post-turtle says, he’ll try?

Like I said, there.is.no.WIN.in.these.rinos.

Hmmm, Boehner, McConnell.
Grow a damn spine or gtho.

On the senate side especially, I’m thinking DeMint.

The only ‘free’ I want is to be free to live my life unfettered from the constant intrusion of government.

mickytx on July 3, 2012 at 12:08 AM

“Green Energy” is a euphemism for “NO ENERGY“!!!

landlines on July 3, 2012 at 1:02 AM

This is just the tip of that iceberg. Cadillac Deval Patrick has been greasing the skids on Cape Wind since his 1st day in office back in Jan 2007. But apparently he is exempt from RPI’s (request for public information) as Governor.

They have quite a racket going on, over on Bacon Hill. The Green Communities Act and other boondoggles are fleecing the residents of Mass. And unlike with the Obama Administration, there is no oversight in Massachusetts. Outside of Ill., this has to be the most corrupt gov’t in history over here.

shanimal on July 3, 2012 at 6:58 AM

I’m tired of these congressional boneheaded money grabbing schemes.

The problem with all of these so called green energies is that AC needs to be converted to DC.
And batteries are definitely among the least green and toxic products on the market.
Sure other energy sources use storage units as backup, but, unlike politicians, the wind doesn’t always blow and wind turbines require more batteries than most other sources of energy.

The law of unintended consequences.

kregg on July 3, 2012 at 7:29 AM

I wish this story had a more alarming headline. Like “Obama Administration pressured FAA for wind farm approval despite safety concerns” or something.

We have a new wind farm under construction here in New Hampshire. It’s actually within eyesight of Peregrine Falcon nesting grounds.

How it ever got approved is beyond me.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Is it funded by the group that owns Zucotti Park? Have you heard about the windfarms on the island of Vinylhaven, ME? The GAIA worshipping residents thought it was going to be the greatest thing ever, had children doing little Native American dances for it, and now they hate it as the noise is unbearable, homes have been abandoned, and so forth. Even the NY Times subheadline refers to the “miserable hum of clean energy“. An in-depth report from WERU radio begins, “We were so caught up in this Progressive thing that we could be a part of that we didn’t do our research.” They talk about how they “dismissed” the negative info they were presented because the “oceans were rising” and we had to do it for the “children”, “global warming”, blah blah blah. It’s a perfect metaphor for the folly of liberalism.

Buy Danish on July 3, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Woops, “Vinalhaven”, not “Vinylhaven”…

Buy Danish on July 3, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Del Dolemonte -

Is this the wind farm you referred to? Owned by Brookfield Properties who own Zuccotti Park and are represented by lobbyists Oldaker, Biden & Belair?

Buy Danish on July 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM

rent-seeking and crony capitalism

That statement pretty much sums up what environmentalism is all about. Calling them watermelons is also fairly accurate – green on the outside and red on the inside. That is the only way these phony green markets can exist because once the subsidies and cronyism disappears, so does the market.

woodNfish on July 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Nah…Bullsh!t. Pseudo-green liberal twits in Boston want “alternative energy”? Great…shove this project so far up their Martha’s Vineyard a$$es they’ll think those windmills are part of their digestive system. Put it right offshore in the land of Democrats…make it the biggest wind farm in the world.

And tax Massachusetts for every penny needed to fund it. Let them keep the energy. Come see us in 10 years and tell us how it all worked out.

Jaibones on July 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

They are prancing around this like a bunch of Provincetown queens. Come on, Boston butt-boys, do it — put another one in Boston Harbor and another one off Provincetown.

Go for it!

Jaibones on July 3, 2012 at 7:56 PM