Obama set to regulate wine coolers

While the mayhem continues, I thought this story exemplifies all that we are fighting for in regard to keeping American companies alive, and workers employed. Tens of thousands of these regs were promulgated during this administration, with faceless, nameless bureaucrats, costing jobs and business their ability to thrive. Oh, testing I am sure is just the first step. We must get the foot of government off the necks of small business who employ 60 percent of Americans.

Energy efficiency reg to cost small businesses $12,500 each.The agency said the $12,500 testing cost is “unlikely to represent a significant economic impact for small businesses.”

The Department of Energy now has a specific regulation for wine refrigerators.

The agency released a final rule Friday requiring manufacturers to test the energy efficiency of refrigerators used for wine. It estimated the rule would cost the average small business $12,500 to test whether their equipment meets specifications.

The regulation refers to the refrigerators as “coolers.” There was much discussion about the exact definition of the term in the final regulation, which spans 159 pages.

“[The Department of Energy] DOE proposed to define a ‘cooler’ as a cabinet, used with one or more doors, that has a source of refrigeration capable of operating on single-phase, alternating current and is capable of maintaining compartment temperatures either no lower than 39 °F, or in a range that extends no lower than 37 °F but at least as high as 60 °F,” according to the final rule. “The proposal also clarified that these compartment temperatures would be determined in a 90 °F ambient temperature.”

The agency decided to keep the phrase “used with one or more doors” because it was “clearer and more direct.”

“If a product is used with one or more doors, it would be considered a cooler regardless of the design intent,” the agency said. “Therefore, DOE is maintaining the language of ‘used with one or more doors’ in the cooler definition as well as the combination cooler refrigeration product category definitions established in this final rule.”

More at Free Beacon

Energy nominee Moniz ‘We need carbon tax to triple the cost’

How is this for another wacko nominee? Every new appointee more radical than the last. Ernest Moniz. A name we would rather forget. Let’s see what the Senate does with this one.

Moniz position is not far from that of Energy Secretary Steven Chu before he took a job in the Obama administration. “We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Chu said in 2008. Last year, gas hit $9 a gallon in Greece. Great, $12.00 a gallon sounds like a real economy booster.

Obama’s Energy Secretary Nominee Called For Doubling Or Tripling Energy Costs With Carbon Tax To Push U.S. Towards Green Energy…

Via Beltway Confidential:

President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.

“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniz told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”

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D.O.E. to recycle nuclear waste into consumer products.

Put this in the unbelievable column. I have researched this extensively.This must be the hoax of the century. Please tell me I am wrong about this. So this is Secretary Chu’s farewell gift to us? All that talk about saving our environment and keeping Mother Earth safe and sound? But wait, in 2000 Energy Secretary Richardson tried to do this once before.It gives new meaning to Obama and his so called “all of the above” plan regarding energy.

In an article entitled “Nuclear weapons waste in your hip replacement?”, John LaForge of Nukewatch reports, U.S. Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) — who is now running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry as he becomes Secretary of State — has sent a strongly worded letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, expressing opposition to the so-called “recycling” scheme. The full letter can be found HERE.

DOE made the proposal to rescind its earlier moratorium on radioactive scrap metal recycling in December, 2012.

The letter notes that in 2000, then-Energy Secretary Bill Richardson first suspended DOE’s radioactive recycling efforts in response to concerns raised by Rep. Markey and others that DOE would not be able to assure public safety as radioactively contaminated metals could have been turned into everything from baby spoons to jewelry to medical devices that are implanted into the human body

Rep. Markey serves as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, and as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

On Jan. 11th, Markey wrote to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu — and his office issued a press release — expressing deep concerns and asking pointed questions about the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposals to “recycle” large quantities of radioactive scrap metal into consumer products.

On Jan. 14th, Rep. Markey again wrote Secretary Chu, questioning the wisdom of DOE’s dirty, dangerous, and expensive proposal to “recycle” surplus weapons plutonium into MOX (Mixed-Oxide, uranium-plutonium) reactor fuel.

The proposal follows an incident from 2012 involving Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in America recalling tissue holders made in India that were contaminated with the radio-isotope cobalt-60. Those products were shipped to 200 stores in 20 states. In response to that incident, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson advised members of the public to return the products even though the amount of contamination was not considered to be a health risk.

“The public concerns associated with such a proposal cannot be understated,” writes Rep. Markey to Secretary Chu. “If these metals are being released to companies who will subsequently manufacture new consumer products from them, DOE simply has no way to ensure that different samples are not aggregated into more highly radioactive products.”

On a vital radioactive waste battlefront, NIRS has put out an alert against a scheme to “recycle” vast quantities of radioactive metal from across the nuclear weapons complex into the consumer product recycling stream.

NIRS asks, “Will the next zipper on your pants be radioactive? How about your silverware?”, and explains:

“The Department of Energy wants to mix radioactive metal from nuclear weapons factories with clean recycled metal and let it enter into general commerce–where it could be used for any purpose.

It’s a foot in the door for revival of a vast–and discredited–radioactive waste deregulation plan defeated in 1992.

. H/T: Beyond Nuclear

Obama’s 39 Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures

Thankfully, we at Bunkerville are well, and appear to have survived Sandy in good shape after a harrowing couple of days. My wishes are that my fellow bloggers fared as well, and prayers go out to all who now have to endure the result of Sandy’s wrath.

Hot Air has a good selection of the pertinent facts of the released documents:

In reference to the bankruptcy of taxpayer-supported Abound Solar last week, President Obama’s proclaimed that “these are decisions, by the way, that are made by the Department of Energy, they have nothing to do with politics,” but evidence abounds (heh, see what I did there?) to the contrary, which was picked up by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and released as part of their official investigation today.

Of course, our Commander-in-Chief has found his way to the “Situation Room” for a photo-op, and portray his cred as a fearless leader ready to take on Sandy, not so much anything else. With that, blogging must continue. We hear much about Solyndra, but that is just the tip of his crony capitalism. So lets lay out all that has gone wrong with this misadventure of going “Green”. Here we go:

The 2009 stimulus set aside $80 billion to subsidize politically preferred energy projects. Since that time, 1,900 investigations have been opened to look into stimulus waste, fraud, and abuse (although not all are linked to the green-energy funds), and nearly 600 convictions have been made. Of that $80 billion in clean energy loans, grants, and tax credits, at least 10 percent has gone to companies that have since either gone bankrupt or are circling the drain.

It is no secret that President Obama’s and green-energy supporters’ (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press. Sure, single instances garner attention as they happen, but they ignore past failures in order to make it seem like a rare case.

The truth is that the problem is widespread. The government’s picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial. The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would’ve found the financial support in the private market.

The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.

UPDATE: Add one more: Another DOE-Backed Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

Heritage: Satcon Technology Corp. announced the decision in a Wednesday news release. “This has been a difficult time for Satcon,” president and CEO Steve Rhoades said. “After careful consideration of available alternatives. Satcon received a $3 million DOE grant

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

  1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
  5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
  7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  9. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
  12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
  13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
  14. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
  15. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
  16. Schneider Electric ($86 million)
  17. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
  18. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
  19. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
  20. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
  21. Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
  22. Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
  23. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
  24. Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
  25. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
  26. Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
  27. GreenVolts ($500,000)
  28. Vestas ($50 million)
  29. LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
  30. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
  31. Navistar ($39 million)
  32. Satcon ($3 million)*
  33. Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
  34. Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy. Full story: Heritage

H/T: Wixom Web

D.O.E. wants to harness energy off of ocean waves

After  Pacific Gas & Electric gave up on its ocean “wave machine” intended to produce energy because it was “unviable”– in other words, one big time loser- see picture below- have no fear. The Dept of Energy will happily poor in our bucks to continue the charade. That is what Obama says our government is for don’t you know. Venture capital bad. Government money good.

The U.S. Energy Department says it has half-a-million dollars to spend this year to test technologies that may be able to harness energy from ocean waves. The goal is to someday supply clean, renewable power to highly-populated coastal regions.

In 2007, Pacific Gas & Electric began examining the feasibility of using energy from waves as part of its shift to renewables. But a few years later, the utility announced it was suspending its project off the coast of Humboldt County, Calif. CNS news

“The decision was made after several major challenges made the project unviable at its proposed configuration and location,” PG&E said in a news release posted on its website. Moreover, “costs of the project were higher than projected.”

PG&E is suspending permitting efforts on the Humboldt WaveConnect Project. The decision was made after several major challenges made the project unviable at its proposed configuration  and location.

Smart Planet:

Many ideas for harnessing the ocean’s kinetic energy are floating around. Devices exist that mimic wind turbines, that rise and fall with wave crests, that rest on the surface like snakes, and that cut through the water like flying kites.

Testing the water for wave energy in Oregon. Just wait until we try and sail around thousands of these bad boys!

Energy Czar Stephen Chu implements indoctrination program for our children on Global Warming

What does the Energy Department have to do with our Schools? How does radical Chu have the authority to create policy? We know the answer don’t we. Any Czar, any Department will do all they can to reach their agenda. Especially creating drones out of our children.

Steven Chu even has lesson plans and quizzes for our children. Be sure and take a look a the indoctrination program link below. Stunner.

P/Oed Patriot reported on Chu’s new indoctrination program complete with instructions and lesson plans and quizzes:

 It used to be that the mission of the Department of Energy is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges. But that was before Obama. Now it’s all about indoctrination and junk science.

Barack Obama’s radical (green) Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. So, like a good socialist, Chu proposed indoctrinating the nation’s youth on global warming junk science. And he’s not shy about it.

It used to be that the mission of the Department of Energy is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges. But that was before Obama. Now it’s all about indoctrination and junk science.

Barack Obama’s radical (green) Energy Secretary Steven Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. So, like a good socialist, Chu proposed indoctrinating the nation’s youth on global warming junk science. And he’s not shy about it.

From and more at Gateway Pundit

Smart meters to control your home has started

One more way of controlling us. Stop, and it must stop now. Who are these people? Best keep your Laptop battery charged up. Great way to control the Internet. Just a quick refresher before the story, note that Fannie Mae owns the patent for Cap and Trade exchange. Why? This whole thing is so corrupt one does not know where to start.

Then Barbara Hollingsworth of the Washington Examiner reports on April 20 that Fannie Mae owns patent on residential ‘cap and trade’ exchange!

Homeowners from coast to coast are growing upset over the “smart meter” devices that utilities are foisting on them by the millions, with the full backing of the administration. The meters are being marketed as energy savers enabling consumers to select a level of power usage and cost that best suits their needs. “We can imagine the day when you’ll be able to charge the battery on your plug-in hybrid car at night, because your smart meter reminded you that nighttime electricity is cheapest,” President Obama said in an October 2009 speech

Rand Paul:

Despite the decades of rhetoric about “keeping government out of the bedroom,” the left wants Uncle Sam in every wall socket. It wants to deny you the ability to choose lighting, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers that work. Now they want to restrict even the ability to use these diminished devices. It’s time to pull the plug on mandatory smart meters.

Mr. Obama has used stimulus funds to push the technology, such as a $20 million grant to Reliant Energy for device deployment in the Houston area.

On the one hand, the administration is agitated over “cybersecurity.” On the other, it is creating a network that would allow malefactors to shut down air conditioners in the midst of a scorching summer day. Those malefactors might even work for the government. Obama energy czar Carol Browner told U.S. News & World Report last year, “We need to make sure that … eventually we can get to a system where an electric company will be able to hold back some of the power so that maybe your air conditioner won’t operate at its peak.”

Read the whole thing : Washington Times

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