Wind farm that got $107M under stimulus act generates controversy in Missouri's US Senate race

Oct 1, 2010 Full story: Portland's CW32 KRCW -TV 30

Fertilized with federal stimulus money, 100 new wind turbines have cropped up among the soybean fields of northwest Missouri, and they're generating some high-voltage sparks in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

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Buck

Livonia, MI

#1 Oct 1, 2010
Perhaps there is a way to harness all the wind coming from the canidates,during the election season. That would solve the nations energy shortages quickly.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Lady Lake, FL

#2 Oct 1, 2010
That's because the Lost Creek Wind Farm, which received $107 million in stimulus money, was developed by a company run by Tom Carnahan the younger brother of Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan and U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the project during a visit to Missouri in April 2009. Two weeks ago, the White House included it on a list of "100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America."

Since then, the wind farm has generated a steady breeze of criticism for Republicans.

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith claimed the Carnahans "used their power and influence to bail out their own brother with more than $100 million in taxpayer dollars."

Democrat Dishonesty.
J Stevenson

Savannah, GA

#3 Oct 1, 2010
As they should because it is stupid to waste time and money on such things now. Windmills, solar farms, ocean pumps, biomass fuels, crude, they are now unnecesary and a waste of time....what a laughable story.

“"I'm A Great American!"”

Since: Sep 08

Obama Nation! USA! USA!

#4 Oct 1, 2010
KRCW TV wrote:
"This week, Robin Carnahan's Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, began airing a TV ad showing Robin and Russ Carnahan, the two candidates, standing in front of a wind farm. The ad accuses Robin Carnahan of campaigning for the stimulus act and claims Tom Carnahan 'lobbied for his special deal.' The Carnahans deny their family connections played a role in the federal renewable energy grant. Russ Carnahan voted for the stimulus act, and Robin Carnahan who is secretary of state has said she supports it. But the Carnahans say no one asked the Obama administration for money for the Lost Creek Wind Farm, nor would have that been necessary..."
Any proof any Carnahan did wrong????

I didn't think so...
Government sucks

Sebastian, FL

#7 Oct 2, 2010
PooPoo Platter wrote:
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Any proof any Carnahan did wrong????
I didn't think so...
No but I have a feeling if they were both Republican, you would be singing a different tune. It looks really bad, no matter who is practicing nepotism. Wrong in my book.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Lady Lake, FL

#8 Oct 2, 2010
Dow Chemical Exploits President Obama's Failed Energy Policy

By Newswires
Friday, July 09, 2010

Washington, D.C.- Today policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are calling attention to Dow Chemical's exploitation of Obama's failed energy policy.

"Dow Chemical is taking advantage of President Obama's failed leadership on energy. Dow is aggressively lobbying for cap-and-trade and Obama's green initiatives to line its pockets with taxpayers' funds while it expands the company's manufacturing base overseas. American taxpayers are subsidizing Dow's moving costs," said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center's Free Enterprise Project.

Dow is a member of the United States Climate Action Partnership - a lobbying coalition that is actively pursuing cap-and-trade legislation.

The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that passed the House of Representatives last year gave companies the vast majority of energy tax revenue in the form of carbon allowances free of charge. Originally, President Obama intended to auction off carbon allowances to industry with the revenue going to the government.

Dow is expanding its investment in overseas operations especially in the Middle East. In 2007, Dow entered into an agreement with Saudi Aramco to establish a multi-billion dollar petrochemical joint venture based in Saudi Arabia. More recently, Dow partnered with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on a multi-million dollar joint research effort.

"Dow CEO Andrew Liveris' actions demonstrate he sees the company's future outside the U.S. In the U.S., Dow is happy to join with the growing list of climate profiteers to exploit Obama's green dream but when it comes to real investment in chemical manufacturing, Liveris is all in with Saudi Arabia," added Tom Borelli.

Dow is also aggressively lobbying for the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010. The legislation, also known as 'Cash for Caulkers,' was recently passed by the House of Representatives, and provides rebates for homeowners who take measures to update their homes with energy saving products such as insulation. Dow, a supplier of home insulation products, stands to cash-in on the bill that provides $6 billion in rebates.

"Savvy CEOs are reaping the benefits of Obama's poor leadership. Big business has figured out it can profit from Obama's green initiatives which are subsidized by government funds. This is a losing proposition for Americans; our debt goes up while companies such as Dow use subsidies to make significant investments overseas," said Deneen Borelli, Fellow with Project 21.

http://www.michnews.com/Newswire/np070910.sht...

“Freedom Demands Responsibility”

Since: Aug 09

21st Century

#9 Oct 2, 2010
PooPoo Platter wrote:
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Any proof any Carnahan did wrong????
I didn't think so...
Woof, Crap plate, I agree with you. 1,100 companies applied for the same program and Robin Carnahan, Senator Carnahan's brother, is the only one that got the $107 million. It doesn't prove anything. Maybe Robin Carnahan is the smartest Wind Energy Expert in the country. Right?

“Freedom Demands Responsibility”

Since: Aug 09

21st Century

#10 Oct 2, 2010
Woof, Crap plate, correction, Robin Carnahan is the Senator, her brother is Tom Carnahan. Guess what, he isn't a Wind Energy Engineer, he is a lawyer, and fellow political hack.
Wartime

United States

#11 Oct 2, 2010
Holy crap!

Nearly 80 PERCENT of the democRATs'$862 billion "stimulus" allocated for wind power has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines!
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Stimulating Green Jobs For China - February 11, 2010
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti...

According to the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Investment Act has been spent on wind power. The goal was to further energy independence while creating American jobs. It has done neither.

Of the money spent, according to the report, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.
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Stimulus Money Spent Overseas - February 9, 2010
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/22508703/detail.htm...

The President set aside millions of stimulus dollars for green initiatives as part of last year's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Since then, the government has handed out $1.7 billion dollars into the wind power industry. But, the big news is where the money is going. America's new "green rush" has turned into a 21st century "gold rush" for other countries.

"Foreign companies are looking at the U.S. and are seeing a really great opportunity," said Russ Choma of America University. His investigation, along with a U.S. Senate report found more than a billion dollars going to foreign-owned energy companies. It's because they dominate the field of manufacturing the turbines and other equipment for windmill farms."

The Spanish-based company Iberdrola has gotten $443 million in stimulus funds so far. The Portugal-based company E.D.P. has gotten $229 million. The British-based company Terra Firma is getting $42 million. It bought the Highland Wind Farm in western Pennsylvania from an American company just days before the stimulus awards were announced last year.
Environmentalist

Modesto, CA

#12 Oct 2, 2010
J Stevenson wrote:
As they should because it is stupid to waste time and money on such things now. Windmills, solar farms, ocean pumps, biomass fuels, crude, they are now unnecesary and a waste of time....what a laughable story.
Idiot! Wind, solar and wave are the power of the future!!

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#13 Oct 2, 2010
Environmentalist wrote:
<quoted text> Idiot! Wind, solar and wave are the power of the future!!
Really?
Then why isnt it affordable

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#14 Oct 3, 2010
J Stevenson wrote:
As they should because it is stupid to waste time and money on such things now. Windmills, solar farms, ocean pumps, biomass fuels, crude, they are now unnecesary and a waste of time....what a laughable story.
Oh yes, we should wait till the oil runs out and the country grinds to a halt, THEN start to develop alternative energy sources. Brilliant plan, just brilliant.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#15 Oct 3, 2010
Vance1 wrote:
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Really?
Then why isnt it affordable
It is affordable, if you have the money. Just like everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.

New technology is ALWAYS more expensive until it becomes widespread, then the price comes down. The oil & coal industry have a government supported monopoly on energy & power production in the U.S.

When oil goes to $500 a barrel, gas $10 a gallon, you'll wish we had put more money into developing those "expensive" alternatives.

“Freedom Demands Responsibility”

Since: Aug 09

21st Century

#16 Oct 3, 2010
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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It is affordable, if you have the money. Just like everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
New technology is ALWAYS more expensive until it becomes widespread, then the price comes down. The oil & coal industry have a government supported monopoly on energy & power production in the U.S.
When oil goes to $500 a barrel, gas $10 a gallon, you'll wish we had put more money into developing those "expensive" alternatives.
Woof, Sheep, the problem with your analysis is the only reason the price of fossil fuel is rising is taxes and false green regulations. The real price of oil per barrel should be about $23/barrel right now, but for all the phony crap. Compare to wind and solar, which wouldn't even be alive if it weren't for government subsidies.

“Did U plug the damn hole yet?”

Since: Jan 08

Rowlett, TX

#17 Oct 3, 2010
I wonder if the Carnahan dynasty remembered to buy American with those taxpayer dollars?

You can bet dollars to donuts that they spent the money in China buying cheap foreign windmills.

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#18 Oct 3, 2010
WeTheSheeple wrote:
<quoted text>
It is affordable, if you have the money. Just like everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
New technology is ALWAYS more expensive until it becomes widespread, then the price comes down. The oil & coal industry have a government supported monopoly on energy & power production in the U.S.
When oil goes to $500 a barrel, gas $10 a gallon, you'll wish we had put more money into developing those "expensive" alternatives.
Then Pay Farmers to grow corn!!!!
any car will run on E 85

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#20 Oct 3, 2010
FreeDog wrote:
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Woof, Sheep, the problem with your analysis is the only reason the price of fossil fuel is rising is taxes and false green regulations. The real price of oil per barrel should be about $23/barrel right now, but for all the phony crap. Compare to wind and solar, which wouldn't even be alive if it weren't for government subsidies.
Yeah, just wait till we're sending warships to escort oil tankers from the middle east so the Chinese or Indians don't take hijack them. That scenario is closer than you all realize.

By the end of the decade we'll be in yet another war, this time there will be no pretense- everyone will know it's a war for control of the oil fields.

Hope you like riding a bike and reading by candlelight.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#21 Oct 3, 2010
Vance1 wrote:
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Then Pay Farmers to grow corn!!!!
any car will run on E 85
And just what do you plan on feeding all our cattle when all the corn is being used for fuel? Not to mention our land is already worn out from overfarming, which means more fertilizers (which come from oil) and also increases pollution of our waterways. But then I suppose you think we have an unlimited supply of freshwater in this country too.

Face it people, we are indeed headed for the cliff and NO ONE is willing to put on the brakes.

“Liberal Teachers ruin Kids”

Since: Mar 09

Paradise Valley Arizona

#22 Oct 3, 2010
WeTheSheeple wrote:
<quoted text>
And just what do you plan on feeding all our cattle when all the corn is being used for fuel? Not to mention our land is already worn out from overfarming, which means more fertilizers (which come from oil) and also increases pollution of our waterways. But then I suppose you think we have an unlimited supply of freshwater in this country too.
Face it people, we are indeed headed for the cliff and NO ONE is willing to put on the brakes.
Well Pal its like this.
Most of all Government has ruined our lives, our livelihood, and our people. also BTW Cattle usually do not get fed corn, Corn has absolutely no nutritional value to people or animals.
A smart progressive should know that.
So you keep voting for Big Government and I will continue to vote against it.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#23 Oct 4, 2010
Vance1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well Pal its like this.
Most of all Government has ruined our lives, our livelihood, and our people. also BTW Cattle usually do not get fed corn, Corn has absolutely no nutritional value to people or animals.
A smart progressive should know that.
So you keep voting for Big Government and I will continue to vote against it.
No nutritional value? Seriously? OMG how can anyone BE so ignorant? Have you ever been on a farm? Just what do you think we grow all those billions of bushels of corn for? If you grew up on a farm like I did, you'd know that beef cattle & hogs & chickens are typically fed a diet of corn & soy concentrate, especially the large factory farms.

A few other corn facts for you all you city-slickers from the Dept of Agriculture:

-The annual U.S. corn harvest is about 13 billion bushels a year.
-The U.S. accounts for 45% of the world's corn production.
-Corn is the #1 food staple in the world, for animals AND people.
-60% of the U.S. corn crop goes to animal feed, 25% for food & exports, & 15% to ethanol production.

Typical city slicker; clueless about agriculture. Ethanol & soy diesel are the absolute LEAST productive use of our corn & soybean crop.

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