Sequestration nation: DoD doles out $7 billion in wind-energy contracts

posted at 10:11 pm on September 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Remember, earlier this year, when the Obama administration was transforming each and every sequestration budget cut into some nightmarishly dire prediction about how each and every major department wouldn’t be able to perform the full extent of their absolutely and irrevocably essential duties? It would seem that, even as there are Defense Department employees being furloughed and Secretary Hagel warns of more layoffs and our military slims down on equipment, training programs, and etcetera, the Pentagon evidently continues to prioritize the forceful implementation of so-called “green” and “renewable” sources into their energy repertoire. Via Reuters:

The U.S. Army has picked 17 companies that will be eligible to receive orders for wind energy under an umbrella contract valued at up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The companies include many large energy producers including Dominion Energy, a unit of Dominion Resources Inc ; the U.S. unit of Spain’s Acciona SA ; Duke Energy Corp ; the U.S. unit of France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles; and the U.S. unit of Spain’s Iberdrola SA.

All the companies were awarded potential “indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity” contracts that have a cumulative value of up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major contracts.

Why the Obama administration insists upon using the military as a sponsor of what they, rather than the free market, have arbitrarily and falsely deemed to be practical and cost-effective sources of energy, it pains me to think on — but the point is that the U.S. military is currently choosing to spend big money on energy sources that do not offer them the biggest bang for their buck.

Even better, the Pentagon dished out a similarly sized set of contracts for solar energy companies last month; and this is all on top the Navy’s push to outfit a number of cruisers, destroyers, and fighter jets with biofuel-blended gas. While proponents of using the military as a renewable-energy guinea pig often point to the completely bogus argument that these initiatives will enhance the military’s energy security, the fact is that this is yet another way for the Obama administration to brag about their green-energy commitments and prop up the technologies on which they’ve already spent so much taxpayer money in the form of subsidies and handouts, all for political and ideological purposes — and in the long run, it’s a disservice to actual opportunities for renewable energy.


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DoD!
POS!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

B L O W Me!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM

…sail boats!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Egregious is not my first choice of words, Erika.

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…how will the submarines work?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…tanks…with propellers?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Whisky Tango Foxtrot – the DoD is a progressive playtoy….

redguy on September 10, 2013 at 10:20 PM

F*cking hell.

Midas on September 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I’m beginning to believe that the American taxpayer should just cease paying taxes. Hell, they can’t put us all in prison.

rich8450 on September 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

It’s the Chicago way!

GarandFan on September 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

…how will the submarines work?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Easy, you put water turbines inside the hull, and drill some holes in the forward and aft compartments.

Duh. What the hell is wrong with you?

WryTrvllr on September 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I probably misread it but did that say 7 BILLION!??

celt on September 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

If and when we get a conservative back in the White House, she will need to gut the Pentagon’s bloated and worthless Brass baggage. These buttsniffing pension-sucking D.C. pansies should all be dishonorably discharged and replaced with actual soldiers.

Jaibones on September 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I probably misread it but did that say 7 BILLION!??

celt on September 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

….yes B I L L I O N S…stars in the sky!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

…how will the submarines work?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Another 7 billion for a transparent sail…

Electrongod on September 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I probably misread it but did that say 7 BILLION!??

celt on September 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Yes sir it did, “B” like in buttfk.

arnold ziffel on September 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

DEFUND everything but national defense in DC!!!

PappyD61 on September 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I’m beginning to believe that the American taxpayer should just cease paying taxes. Hell, they can’t put us all in prison.

rich8450 on September 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Yep.

We need a spiritual leader — unfortunately a political leader like Palin would be too divisive — a la Gandhi or MLK, Jr. or (the fictional) John Galt, to step up and organize a strike by producers to bring the federal thugocracy to its knees …

ShainS on September 10, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The All New DOD- One Eagle at a Time!!!

patman77 on September 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM

We’re doomed.

AUINSC on September 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I probably misread it but did that say 7 BILLION!??

celt on September 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

No biggie … that’s only .0035% of the $200 trillion national debt, and probably less than the First Worst Family will waste during their tenure as the ultimate Welfare King & Queen.

ShainS on September 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

The Prius tank will be unstoppable. Uuhhh….where’s the outlet?

BDavis on September 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

We the People are taking it in the rear here.
..
Where is Congress?
.
WHY THE HELL can’t these Republicans use this in 2014- to nail these anti-American commies to the wall?
,
Jeepers

FlaMurph on September 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

……and So why do we need a Dept. of Energy anyway ? ……………..l.l

FlaMurph on September 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

The Prius tank will be unstoppable. Uuhhh….where’s the outlet?

BDavis on September 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Come on, silly … each tank will be outfitted with a compost tumbler that will be able to generate steam in about 24 hours!

ShainS on September 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.

But…

Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.

-Marcus Tullius Cicero

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I was in Pensacola this last weekend. I saw a LOT of “Ground Air Force One, not the Blue Angels” bumper stickers. Couldn’t agree more.

notropis on September 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM

But no flyovers and no Blue Angels. Total B.S.!

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Gaaa!!! I can’t stand reading of these lunatic loans any more.

PattyJ on September 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Dittos to ‘all-of-the-above’.

listens2glenn on September 11, 2013 at 1:37 AM

So, aircraft carrier tall ships it is. Watch those masts on final approach!

DarthBrooks on September 11, 2013 at 2:26 AM

I’m beginning to believe that the American taxpayer should just cease paying taxes. Hell, they can’t put us all in prison.

rich8450 on September 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Do you think it’s just a coincidence that our government is creating the most powerfully invasive surveillance system in the history of mankind???

Connect the dots.

KMC1 on September 11, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Can we at least get tank guns on wind turbines, with remote firing controls?

Can we put them on the southern border and declare a free-fire zone in certain areas of the desert?

ajacksonian on September 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Meanwhile, every time there is a Post Office story about them “losing money”, HA lights up with a hundred posts about shutting them down.

Post Office – In the Constitution
Wind Farm – Not so much

BierManVA on September 11, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Erika,

I suggest you have a look at this article from Robert Bryce, along with the report he links:

Now comes one of the Navy’s best and brightest, Captain T.A. Ike Keifer. In March, Keifer, an aviator who has been deployed seven times and spent 21 months in Iraq, published a scathing indictment of the biofuels sector in Strategic Studies Quarterly, the U.S. Air Force’s most-prestigious journal.Alongside articles about nuclear weapons and terrorism, was Kiefer’s broadside: “Energy Insecurity: The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels.” The key paragraph:

Imagine if the US military developed a weapon that could threaten millions around the world with hunger, accelerate global warming, incite widespread instability and revolution, provide our competitors and enemies with cheaper energy, and reduce America’s economy to a permanent state of recession. What would be the sense and the morality of employing such a weapon? We are already building that weapon—it is our biofuels program. For the sake of our national energy strategy and global security, we must face the sober facts and reject biofuels while advocating an overall national energy strategy compatible with the laws of chemistry, physics, biology, and economics.

I suspect this white paper will be a career-limiting move for Capt Kiefer, but it’s an excellent takedown of biofuels and so-called “renewable energy” generally.

Wanderlust on September 11, 2013 at 6:57 AM

*facepalm*

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM

We have become a nation of Military vehicles on land and sea propelled by…poop?

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 7:16 AM

For $7 billion dollars, the US Sanitation Czar could have installed 150,537 Renew Pods around the country and still have change in his pocket!

Shy Guy on September 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

…how will the submarines work?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Waiting for final testing on a full scale.

Think of it! When these go into military service, the first one is going to be named the B.S. Obama!

Shy Guy on September 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

I’ve heard Jet bio fuel runs $35.00 a gallon.

tim c on September 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM

The One’s obsession with using DoD as a funding channel for “green energy” makes perfect sense. By doing so, he simultaneously hamstrings our actual defense capabilities (remember, we must be disarmed because we are evil) and makes his “green kickback” scheme immune to Congressional limitation or even investigation.

By putting “green energy” initiatives into the defense budget, he can say he is not cutting defense spending (as much as he wants to), while simultaneously ensuring that the money does not go for actual useful defense purposes. Instead of buying spare parts for Air Force F-16s or fully funding continued training for machinist’s mates in the Navy, our defense dollars are going for “benign, peaceful” purposes.

Also, if Congress tries to cut off the tap, he can claim they are gutting defense. Also, he can prevent Congress from even finding out what’s going on by simply saying “I’m sorry, that’s classified and you don’t have a need to know”. My SWAG is that “green energy” spending, especially in biofuels, in the military is more extensive than anyone knows.

And the kickbacks to OFA, etc., from the DoD “green” contractors keep coming; which I suspect is his endgame all along.

Incidentally, if you look at Captain Kiefer’s chart on where biofuels and other “green” energy fall on the societal sustainability spectrum, exactly none of them generate sufficient energy density to sustain a civilization above a bare subsistence (what he calls “minimal survival”) level. That is, the equivalent of a primitive agrarian subsistence culture, with barely enough for anyone to eat and no surplus to allow for artisans, etc., who are engaged in areas other than subsistence farming. (For a more detailed explanation of how this works, see Connections by James Burke, specifically Chapter One, “The Trigger Effect“.) Exactly how the technology of Holy Wind, Holy Sun, and Holy Biofuel will be sustained under such circumstances is not entirely clear; a priesthood, perhaps?

The above probably explains the “deep green” obsession with banning all other forms of energy. They seek to “de-civilize” us, at all costs.

And make no mistake about it; The One is a “deep green” as much as he is an over-romanticiser of the “mystical, enlightened East” and hater of the “evil, materialistic West”.

In short, The One seeks to gut our defense, enrich himself and his cronies, and in the long run reduce us to subsistence farmers in a socialistic Bronze Age agrarian “Utopia”.

In view of his other delusions, fantasies, and pet hatreds, this can only be seen as amazingly consistent.

What else would you expect from a politically radicalized, primitivist mystic?

clear ether

eon

eon on September 11, 2013 at 8:08 AM

eon on September 11, 2013 at 8:08 AM

You know the moment where Hobbes’ tail was straight out, bushy from his hair standing on end???

I’m there, dammit…

Wanderlust on September 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Wanderlust on September 11, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Thanks for the links. I was amazed to discover there is a man on the federal payroll who possesses genuine intelligence. (No further promotion for Ike.)

FOWG1 on September 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I suspect that these contracts/contractors/ and requirements were foisted on the military, not by the president, but by the congress and senate. I was stuck on one of those contracts once. The military didn’t want it, we didn’t want it, the end product had already been proved useless, but a republican congressman from florida forced it on us to provide pass-through money to a pennsylvania company. Never did figure out how that worked. We worked our darndest and most creatively to show the product worked, but we, as tax payers, just couldn’t. The product just didn’t work. But I understand there was a follow on with some other company to show the product would work on Tuesday , after 3pm.

There is a lot of money that gets to congressional constituents this way.l Note the contract is IDIQ. That means many happy returns to the responsible congressman oner the next few years. Throw them all out!

Old Country Boy on September 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I’ve heard Jet bio fuel runs $35.00 a gallon.

tim c on September 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM

I recall a figure of $42/gal for (equivalent) Jet-A for the Navy.
Perhaps because it is multi-use … lubricant, fuel, food?

Missilengr on September 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM