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4/26/2016
NY AG Schneiderman working to shut down free speech
Scientific silencers on the left - led by NY AG Schneiderman - are trying to shut down climate skepticism

George Will is right--and worse, these attorneys general may be committing a felony, violating 18 U.S.C. Sec. 241:

"If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death."

Read the article here:
 
http://wpo.st/lk1X1
S.O.S. writes NY AG Schneiderman
The citizens' grassrooots group - Save Ontario Shores, has written to New York State Attorney General Schneiderman to request that he investigate the corrupt practices of the Big Wind LLC - APEX, who is working to ASSAULT their Lake Ontario shores communities with 625' industrial wind LEMONS, absurdly sited among peoples' homes.  Read their letter to AG Schneiderman here:

http://www.eastniagarapost.com/2016/04/group-asks-for-attorney-general-to.html?m=0
4/25/2016
WHILE THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL WAS BEING SIGNED. THE LARGEST RENEWABLE BANKRUPTCY OCCURRED.
4/06/2016
SunEdison Green Power Bankruptcy Inevitability
http://www.batr.org/negotium/040616.html

For all those sun baked brains that see salvation in renewable nirvana, the imminent demise of SunEdison is the latest case that creative green economics is the path to insolvency. After studying the tangled web of cross collateralization and rehypothecation of debt, the WSJ announcement is inevitable, SunEdison Said to Be Preparing to File for Bankruptcy. “Solar-energy company SunEdison Inc. plans to file for bankruptcy protection in coming weeks, a dramatic about-face for a company whose market value stood at nearly $10 billion in July.”

Take the tour of the SunEdison: A Timeline of the Biggest Corporate Implosion in US Solar History, and understand that the solar and wind industry is founded on a Ponzi scheme of investor hype and government subsidies.  Forbes investigates the convoluted and intertwined relationship in Reconsidering The SunEdison YieldCos, TerraForm Power And TerraForm Global.

“The company has been highly levered for some years now and management states that the recent increase in indebtedness will go towards funding of the company’s project pipeline.

Management expects the company to continue to lose money. However, it expects the cash generated by the two yieldcos under long-term contracts will begin to flow as early as the end of this year or beginning next year.”

At this point you must be asking just what is a ”yieldco”? Sun Edison Buying First Wind Scam provides a breakdown and crash course on how SunEdison used their corporate shell game to acquire a long failed and immensely indebted industrial wind scheme, lately known as First Wind.

“The lack of disclosure of ALL the debt for projects that cannot even satisfy minimum interest payments must less retiring the actual obligations, is indicative of an industry that is based upon fraud and uncompetitive costs.”

According to Law 360 the Nov. 2014: SunEdison and TerraForm acquire wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion, does not tell the entire story.

“TerraForm picks up First Wind’s operating portfolio, which includes 521 megawatts of wind power assets, for an enterprise value of $862 million. That amount includes the equity purchase price, the assumption of debt for First Wind’s operating portfolio, certain swap and debt breakage fees and the purchase of a partner’s ownership stake in certain assets held by First Wind through a joint venture, according to regulatory filings.”

Now you need to enter into the looking glass and examine the rejected filing of First Wind with the SEC for their IPO. The links on Cohocton Wind Watch documents the actual degree of debt that this candidate for receivership held back in 2010. Why is this important? 

The latest law suit from the investment banksters who financed First Wind gives the answer in SunEdison Legal Woes Mount With Suits Over First Wind.

“D.E. Shaw & Co. LP and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners IV LP say the funds in the TerraForm Power matter are owed as deferred payment for SunEdison’s $1.9 billion purchase of First Wind Holdings LLC in January 2015, and will be due “immediately” if SunEdison files for bankruptcy or restructures its debt, according to the suit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

First Wind was one of SunEdison’s biggest purchases, and made it the world’s biggest renewable-energy company. It was part of a massive buying spree that racked up $11.7 billion in debt by the end of September and helped drive the company to the edge of failure.”

Well, the immediate implosion of the SunEdison house of cards follows the same pattern of the crooked First Wind operation that cooked the books for years. Start with the notice that SunEdison In More Hot Water As SEC Investigation Begins & Bankruptcy Looms, “US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has begun its own investigation into the company’s disclosures to investors about its liquidity” and add in the Bloomberg reports that SunEdison Receives U.S. Subpoena on Vivint Deal Gone Wrong.

“The Justice Department’s subpoena comes about three weeks after the deal with Vivint, a takeover that drew the ire of billionaire investor David Tepper, was canceled. Vivint sued SunEdison shortly after, saying its officials had failed to meet financial obligations and work toward consummating the merger. SunEdison auditors had meanwhile started investigations into allegations made by former executives and a current employee about the accuracy of the company’s “anticipated financial position.”

The circular accounting circles never seem to reconcile. Just maybe the basic economics used to finance these dubious energy companies need a thoroughgoing over examination by the regulatory agencies and financial community.

Read closely the delusional flimflam From a SunEdison Press Release:

"TerraForm Power's acquisition of the Invenergy wind plants leverages the power of SunEdison's platform which was enhanced with our acquisition of First Wind in January of 2015," said Ahmad Chatila, SunEdison chief executive officer and TerraForm Power chairman.  "The Invenergy transaction creates significant value for our shareholders through the accretion in our TerraForm Power ownership and the acceleration of our Incentive Distribution Rights (IDRs). Together with TerraForm Power, SunEdison's development platform will change how energy is generated, distributed and owned around the world."

No wonder that the SEC is investigating “the company’s disclosures to investors”. The public needs to wake up to the facts that the solar and wind industry promises much and delivers little. Anyone remember Solyndra and Evergreen Solar?

Who else but the Motley Fool to sum up the lesson of another failed “Green” utopian environmental illusion, What Happens to SunEdison Inc If It Goes Under?

“Here's the biggest question in a potential SunEdison bankruptcy: What is the renewable energy development business worth?

In theory, developing renewable energy projects should drive everything from the O&M business to yieldcos. But developing projects requires a lot of money, including debt, which SunEdison has found out the hard way. If that funding dries up, so does the business.”

Learn well and remember long. Generating electricity based on government subsidies is a fool’s game. Allowing quick buck artists to become developers and pitch their convoluted and Byzantine yieldco “re-use” collateral pledges is pure fraud. The public is continually being duped by opportunists, who are more skilled at ripping off the investor than producing any usable electricity. The forthcoming bankruptcy of SunEdison is another sign that energy policy under the cult of renewable production is not economically feasible.

For additional evidence that SunEdison’s Subsidy-Fueled Collapse, Robert Bryce nails the problem with a failed governmental energy policy.

“The biggest federal handouts — two of them totaling $200 million — were made in 2010 and 2011 to a subsidiary of SunEdison, First Wind, for the Milford Wind project in Utah. In addition to the federal subsidies, SunEdison got $30 million in subsidies from various state authorities, including $21 million from governmental entities in New York. On top of that, SunEdison also received $846 million in federal loans, loan guarantees, tax-exempt federal bonds, and federal insurance. The total government support for SunEdison comes out to $1.5 billion.”

The effort to shut down coal generation, decommission nuclear plants, limit hydro facilities and restrict natural gas turbines all lead to higher electric costs and ultimate brown outs. The true cost of continuing down this road of electric burn out by underwriting uneconomical “feel good” projects is punitive and ridiculous.

A SunEdison bankruptcy reshuffling is not about cancelling debt, but needs to be the liquidation of assets and accountability for fiduciary malfeasance. What does it take to admit that the renewal experiment is a bust? Cut the “Green” loses and get on with the business of generating reliable energy.

James Hall – April 6, 2016
2/02/2016
New Jersey Pipe Supply Company Owner Sentenced to 32 Months in Prison for Role in Fraud and Bribery Conspiracy in Power Generation Industry
Company Sentenced to Pay a Total of Over $1.7 Million in Fines and Restitution
A New Jersey industrial pipe supply company and its owner were sentenced today for conspiring to commit fraud and pay bribes to a purchasing manager at Consolidated Edison of New York in return for the manager’s efforts to steer contracts to the company, the Department of Justice announced.
Andrew Martingano, of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts of the Southern District of New York to 32 months and a day in prison.  American Pipe Bending and Fabrication Co. Inc. of Edison, New Jersey, was sentenced to pay a $150,000 criminal fine.  Martingano and American Pipe were also sentenced to pay over $1.6 million in restitution, jointly and severally with their co-conspirators, to the victim, Con Ed.  The company and its owner pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud and conspiring to defraud Con Ed on Aug. 15, 2012.
According to court documents, Martingano and others agreed to pay approximately $510,000 in cash bribes to James M. Woodason, a department manager of the purchasing department at Con Ed.  In exchange for the bribes, Woodason steered Con Ed industrial pipe supply contracts to American Pipe by secretly providing Martingano with confidential competitor bid information, thereby causing Con Ed to pay higher, non-competitive prices for materials.  At the time of Woodason’s arrest in August 2010, Woodason had already received approximately $45,000 in cash bribes from Martingano and American Pipe.
The department said the conspiracy took place from approximately January 2009 to August 2010.  In addition, Martingano and American Pipe defrauded Con Ed by requesting a 14 percent price increase and basing that request on a fake email purporting to document a “Steel Mill” price increase that American Pipe was passing on to Con Ed.  These false and fraudulent price increase requests caused actual losses to Con Ed in the amount of approximately $1.4 million and intended losses of approximately $9.4 million.
Con Ed is a regulated utility headquartered in Manhattan.  It provides electric service to approximately 3.2 million customers, and gas service to approximately 1.1 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.  Con Ed received more than $10,000 in federal funding each year between 2003 through 2010, and cooperated with the department’s investigation.
Including Martingano and American Pipe, a total of five individuals and two companies have been charged as part of this investigation and have been ordered to serve a total of more than 16 years in prison and to pay criminal fines and restitution of more than $3 million. 
The charges arose from an ongoing federal antitrust investigation of bid rigging, bribery, fraud and tax-related offenses in the power generation industry.  The investigation is being conducted by the Antitrust Division’s New York Office, with assistance from the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.  Anyone with information concerning bid rigging, bribery, tax offenses or fraud in the power generation industry should contact the FBI’s New York Division at 212-384-3720 or the Antitrust Division’s New York Office at 212-335-8000, or visit www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.htm
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Updated February 2, 2016
1/16/2016
Cuomo's anti-Conservative rant inexcusable
Cuomo's anti-Conservative rant inexcusable 
(From January, 2014 Batavia Daily News)

Editor,

Three cheers for Assemblyman Steve Hawley for standing up and speaking out on behalf of all Conservative New York State citizens in the wake of Governor Cuomo's mind-blowing, anti-Conservative rant last week.

In this increasingly 'go-along-to-get-along' world we live in, it's good to know that there are still a few elected officials who have the guts to speak out against tyrannical bullies like Cuomo (who apparently has forgotten what the Constitution is), instead of just cowering in silence for fear of retribution, as many do.

Reading the Governor's rant against Conservatives was bad enough, but when I actually heard the arrogance and condescending tone in the Governor’s voice as I listened to the interview, I was appalled. Cuomo was very clear about the fact that pro-life, pro-gun, pro-Biblical marriage Conservatives “have no place in New York State.”

Isn't it bad enough that New York State is hemorrhaging more people than any other state -- losing millions of dollars in taxable income every day as thousands of people flee the highest taxes in the nation? (See: www.HowMoneyWalks.com) So why would New York State's chief financial officer be resorting to using divisive rhetoric, specifically geared at driving more people out of the state?!? It boggles the mind that any "public servant" - especially a Governor, could be so ignorant.

Our forefathers fled to America to escape religious persecution. Down through the generations, all of our families have spent their blood, sweat, and tears building this country into a place where we are supposed to be able to be FREE to practice our religion without the fear of mad, power-hungry government dictators imposing their "state" religion upon us. Thus, Cuomo's intolerance is inexcusable, and in my opinion, renders him unfit to govern.

Sad as it is to say, I have come to a much clearer understanding - under Governor Cuomo's 'reign', as to why our Founding Fathers instituted the 2nd Amendment into our Constitution to protect us from a tyrannical government.

Regardless of tyrannical rants like that just displayed by the Governor, we have no intention of abdicating our belief in God and Jesus Christ to fall in line with baby-killing beliefs that we find abhorrent. Nor will we be giving up our guns, as we still believe in the 2nd Amendment. Just how many more people the Governor's radical disdain and incompetency ends up driving out of the state, however, remains to be seen.

THANK YOU once again, Steve Hawley, for speaking truth to power on behalf of ALL freedom loving, Constitution-believing Americans across New York State! May God bless you and keep you safe as you continue to battle for all of our rights!

Mary Kay Barton
Silver Lake, NY
1/08/2016
NO MATTER WHERE IT'S SITED, WIND IS A NET LOSER!

No matter where it's sited, industrial wind is a NET LOSER!

I am writing in regard to Gary Kent’s letter on Dec. 15 regarding the industrial wind issue currently plaguing the area. With all due respect to Mr. Kent, ‘green’ energy is NOT a partisan issue. Frankly, I do not know a single person (Republican, Democrat, Independent, or otherwise) who is not all FOR protecting our environment.

According to Mr. Kent’s reasoning, wind turbines are OK sited elsewhere, blighting someone else's horizons – just not ours. Those who support this kind of ‘NIMBY’ (Not In My Back Yard) reasoning unintentionally give undue credibility to the scam of industrial wind.

Fact is: Industrial wind is a NET LOSER: economically, technically, environmentally, and civilly – no matter where it is sited.  Let’s consider how.  

• Economically:

New York State already has one of the highest electricity rates in the nation, in large part due to throwing $Billions of ratepayer dollars into the wind.

WHY destroy entire towns when just ONE (1) 450 MW gas-fired Combined Cycle Generating Unit, operating at a 60% Capacity Factor, located at New York City - where the power is needed in New York State (NYS), would provide more power than all of NYS’s installed wind factories combined, at about 1/4 of the capital costs -- and would have significantly reduced CO2 emissions and created far more jobs than all those wind factories – without all the negative civil, economic, environmental, human health and property value impacts that are a result of industrial wind factories, or all the additional transmission lines to New York City.

The Institute for Energy Research tallied the numbers and found that each wind job costs $11.45 million, plus more than four jobs lost elsewhere in the economy; and all while wind is subsidized over 52 times more than conventional fossil fuels on a unit of production basis.

Consider multi-Billionaire wind developer, Warren Buffett’s candid admission, “We get tax credits if we build ‘wind farms.’ That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credits.”

• Technically:

Due to the unreliable, erratic, and volatile nature of wind, industrial wind turbines (IWTs) provide virtually NO Capacity Value, or firm capacity (specified amounts of power on demand).  Therefore, wind needs constant "shadow capacity" from our reliable, dispatchable generators - that is, if you want to be sure the lights will come on when you flick the switch.  Thus, as Big Wind CEO, Patrick Jenevein candidly admitted, "Consumers end up paying twice for the same product."

The list of accidents, blade failures (throwing debris over ½ mile), fires (10X more than previous wind industry claims), and more, is updated quarterly at this website: http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/AccidentStatistics.htm.

This lengthy and growing list is evidence of why these giant, moving machines do not belong anywhere near where people live.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA - the wind industry’s lobbying group) admits that the life of IWTs is only 10 – 13 years (January, 2006, North American Wind Power) – substantiated by studies of these short-lived lemons. 

Adding insult to injury, NYS’s wind factories have been averaging approximately 24% Capacity Factors (actual outputs) - many days providing nothing at all.  Physicist, and Malone, NY Town Board member, Jack Sullivan figures that NY wind factories are not even producing enough power to pay for themselves over their short life-spans. 

If IWTs were cars, they would have been correctly dubbed LEMONS and relegated to the junkyard a long time ago.

• Environmentally:

According to AWEA there are approximately 45,100 IWTs in the U.S. today.  Most IWTs are remotely sited, far removed from urban centers where the power is needed. This necessitates the addition of a spider web of new transmission lines (at ratepayers’ expense), which exponentially adds to the needless bird deaths being caused by the IWTs themselves.

Studies show there are MILLIONS of birds and bats being slaughtered annually by these giant “Cuisinarts of the sky” (as a Sierra official dubbed wind turbines in a moment of candor), necessitating the passing of special 30-Year Eagle-KILL permits by President Obama for his favored wind industry.

Sprawling industrial wind factories cause massive habitat fragmentation, which is cited as one of the main reasons for species decline worldwide.

• Civilly:

The only thing that has ever been reliably generated by industrial wind is complete and utter civil discord. Neighbor is pitted against neighbor, and even family member against family member, totally dividing communities (already apparent in Orleans and Niagara counties). It is the job of good government to foresee and prevent this kind of civil discord, not to promote it. 

Don't be a NIMBY! This partial list of the destructive NON-SOLUTION that is industrial wind energy is reason enough not to support the scam of industrial wind – no matter where it is sited.

Learn more at www.StopIllWind.org,  www.WiseEnergy.org,  and www.MasterResource.org

Mary Kay Barton 
Silver Lake, Wyoming County

Posted on National Wind Watch:  
https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2016/01/08/no-matter-where-its-sited-industrial-wind-is-a-net-loser/


Mary Kay Barton is a retired New York State-certified Health Educator, a Cornell-certified Master Gardener, and a tireless advocate for scientifically-sound, affordable, and reliable electricity for all Americans. She has served over the past decade in local Water Quality organizations and enjoys gardening and birding in her National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”
1/06/2016
NY’s Push for the ‘Unreliables’

NY’s Push for the ‘Unreliables’:

A Blatant Grab of Taxpayer & Ratepayer Money


The 12/29/15 Batavia Daily News Editorial, Shining a light on solar energy, was a refreshing critique of unreliable, subsidy-dependent solar energy.  However, deserving of correction is the opening line of the editorial: 
 
"When proposals for wind turbines started showing up in Western New York, even those who opposed them could at least see why a company would want to install the turbines — this region gets plenty of wind."
 
You would think, after more than a decade of dealing with the controversial wind issue in our area, that 'even those who support wind could see why a company would want to install the turbines’ here -- and it's NOT how much wind we have, but rather...
 
New York State has MANDATES for the 'unreliables' (ie: wind & solar), and is offering very generous taxpayer and ratepayer-funded subsidies and incentives that draw these rent-seeking corporate hucksters here. 
 
The ‘green’ agenda being pushed by Albany (noted as the most corrupt government in the nation) is NOT, nor has it ever been, about harvesting the wind or catching the sun.  As has been said by countless NY officials and wind salesmen alike, "It's all about the money!"
 
There are countless articles that have been published in this newspaper over the past decade discussing the utter failure that is industrial wind energy that could be referenced here. Unfortunately, the Batavia Daily News erased the entire history of their on-line newspaper a couple months ago when they redesigned their website. 

If the history of the Batavia Daily News were still available, people might be interested in reading the article the Batavia Daily published when 'First Wind LLC' (now Sun Edison) pulled out of Attica, NY (which borders the existing 5 wind factory towns here in Wyoming County). First Wind officials reported they were leaving the area because ‘there is NOT sufficient wind here.’
 
As all of those who have opposed the industrialization of our beautiful rural countrysides with wind factories have known from the start – because we took the time to research the issue – most of western New York State is listed as a “2” on a scale of 1 – 7 on the Dept. of Energy’s wind resource map. Furthermore, easily accessible information exposes the utter inefficiency of the destructive, sprawling mess that is industrial wind – which decries any claims of ‘good winds’ here.
 
As cited within the pages of this newspaper time and time again - industrial wind provides NO firm capacity, and therefore can NOT provide reliable, dispatchable baseload power. Thus, wind can NOT replace conventional sources that do. 

New York State wind factories have been averaging pathetic 24% Capacity Factors (actual outputs) - many days providing nothing at all. Physicist, and Malone, NY town board member, Jack Sullivan has reported on the fact that NY’s wind factories are NOT even producing enough power to pay for themselves over their brief 10 – 20 year lifespans. 
 
There were also many articles discussing the fact that the ONLY reason Invenergy went ahead with the Orangeville project was because taxpayer-funded wind welfare (Wind PTC – aka: Pork-To-Cronies) was extended in the 2012 Fiscal Cliff Deal.  (Ironically, this seems to be exactly what the Batavia Daily News is worried about regarding the push for solar.) 
 
The list could go on, but what it boils down to is this:

The fact that these financially-motivated corporations would build solar projects where there is little sun, and/or destructive wind factories where there is ‘marginal’ wind, effectively exposes the whole wind/solar scam for what it is:
 
A BLATANT GRAB OF TAXPAYER & RATEPAYER FUNDS!

More on solar here:

Mary Kay Barton is a retired New York State-certified Health Educator, a Cornell-certified Master Gardener, and a tireless advocate for scientifically-sound, affordable, and reliable electricity for all Americans. She has served over the past decade in local Water Quality organizations and enjoys gardening and birding in her National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”
11/30/2015
Skeptical Climate Documentary Set to Rock UN Climate Summit – ‘Climate Hustle’ To Have Red Carpet Premiere in Paris
11/25/2015
The New ‘Consensus’: 97 Percent Of Americans Aren’t Worried About Global Warming
Obama’s climate agenda doesn’t seem to be gaining traction with Americans despite increased efforts to tie global warming to extreme weatherpublic health concerns and national security.
Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer spent $73 million during the 2014 election cycle backing liberal candidates and trying to make global warming a top tier issue in campaigns — but with little success it would seem.
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