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60 Minutes Hit Job On Clean Energy Ignores The Facts

Memo to CBS: Every business is tough! In 2012, the Wall Street Journal ran an informative piece on just how tough the private sector venture-capital businesses is, headlined, “The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail.”

It seems at first that this is a secret 60 Minutes is unaware of — since the show focuses almost entirely on the failures. But CBS explains that “the venture capital model is that for every 10 startups, nine go under” — except that CBS appears to see that as a bug, not a feature, failing to understand that the successes more than pay for the failures.

Moreover, 60 Minutes is apparently unaware that the DOE Loan Guarantee Program has a whopping 97 percent success rate, while the companies CBS focuses on such as Solyndra and Abound Solar were just 3 percent of the portfolio.

It’s as if 60 Minutes did a profile of the venture firm Kleiner-Perkins and focused primarily on its failed investments with only passing mention of AOL — and no mention at all of Amazon.com, Genentech, Sun Microsystems or Google! In fact, when 60 Minutes profiled co-founder Tom Perkins several years ago, they called him “the captain of capitalism” and only found time to mention the winners!

Let’s set aside the question of why 60 Minutes chose to do a hit-job on cleantech, which clearly was unwarranted, after producing widely criticized puff pieces on the NSA and Amazon’s wildly impractical delivery drones.

The key point is that the goal of DOE’s investments is not to make money. The goal is to accelerate the drop in price — and increase in deployment — of clean energy in the market, which it clearly has done in industry after industry. A secondary goal was to create jobs in this country, which it also succeeded in doing.


Inexplicably, the 60 Minutes correspondent asserts that according to “everything I’ve read there were not many jobs created” (and they even found an uninformed former DOE official to agree with them). CBS claims taxpayers have little to show for the investments when the data clearly show otherwise.

The whole segment is baffling. CBS asserts that the key cleantech investor they interview, Vinod Khosla, is “known as the father of the cleantech revolution.” He ain’t, and in fact he’s about the last person you’d want to talk to on the subject (see my 2010 post, “Is anyone more incoherent than Vinod Khosla?“).

They even found a Chinese cleantech entrepreneur to say “clean tech is not going well” — even though China is the leader in both solar and wind power. CBS complains that the Chinese have created U.S. jobs using some of the technology U.S. taxpayers supported — as if the only U.S. jobs that count are ones created by U.S. companies. CBS correctly notes that China is willing to take a long term view of clean tech — but never mentions how opposition to U.S. clean energy standards, cleantech investment, and a price for carbon by conservatives in Congress have hurt the competitiveness of U.S. companies.

President Obama, Take action to stop the Japanese from killing whales in the Southern Ocean Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.

>p>Under the Pelly Amendment and the Packwood-Magnuson Amendment, the President has the power to apply economic sanctions against Japan for its continued whale slaughter in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. The United States asserts that it resolutely opposes whale hunting by Japan, but does little to actually bring a halt to the practice.

The U.S. State Dept. has declared: “We remain resolute in our opposition to commercial whaling, including so-called ‘scientific’ whaling, in particular in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary established by the International Whaling Commission. In this context we wish to emphasize that lethal techniques are not required in modern whale conservation and management.”

Breaking: Leaked, secret document shows Obama breaking more campaign promises. Shows International Businesses do not have to adhere to American environmental laws.

scottrossi:

climateadaptation:

Looks to be a blockbuster. The document shows Obama has been secretly negotiating with foreign governments to allow any international businesses that operate in the U.S. to operate outside American law, including environmental regulations. Instead of the corporations being beholden by American courts, an international tribunal will be set up as an alternative. Some democrats, republicans, and hand full of environmental NGOs are ripped. Not only because Obama is holding negotiations behind closed doors, but it’s in direct contradiction to his public stance, which is why this leak is so important.

The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.

Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.

The terms run contrary to campaign promises issued by Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 campaign.

Via HuffPo. Follow Climate Adaptation.

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Heartland Equates Climate Change with Terrorism

An ad campaign by the corporate front-group the Heartland Institute features the face of Ted Kaczynski alongside the phrase “I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?” Heartland is funded by Microsoft, Pfizer, and other major corporate sponsors, and I just signed a petition for them to pull their support of Heartland over these despicable, anti-science ads. Will you join me?

http://sumofus.org/campaigns/heartland/?sub=taf

The Heartland Institute has a long history of playing dirty. Last year, Heartland was caught trying to sneak industry-written pro-coal propaganda into elementary schools, and previously they have acted as hired guns for the cigarette industry, distributing a paper titled “Joe Camel is Innocent!”.

These corporations have no business supporting Heartland. Join me in calling for them to stop funding these climate change denial smears

underthemountainbunker:

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haha  - Heartland Institute climate change denial billboard fixed! 

underthemountainbunker:

squashed:

I fixed it.

haha  - Heartland Institute climate change denial billboard fixed! 

The Senate Votes on Keystone XL Soon. Call your Senator:

The Senate will soon be voting on an Amendment that would railroad construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

This pipeline would transport the world’s dirtiest oil across critical drinking water and accelerate climate change by helping develop the Alberta tar sands, which NASA’s top climate scientist James Hansen says would mean ‘essentially game over’ for the climate.

Your calls help stiffen the spines of waffling Senators and encourage them to reject the pipeline. Can you give your Senators a call right now?

Note for Californians:
I received an e-mail from Sen. Barbara Boxer stating her opposition to this project. If you must choose only one Senator to contact, pick Dianne Feinstein.

motherjones:

OK, OK, we’ll pay up.

Will you, now? Ducky for you.
I’m not convinced: I was driving on the freeway listening to this story on All Things Considered which my ears could not believe because:
It talked about natural gas exploration outside of the context of how damaging fracking is.and
the ugliness of the politics of subsidizing the development of renewable energy sources are held hostage by amoral petrochemical industries
I’ll be honest: I had a hard time listening to the segment because it barely discussed the elephant in the living room:
fracking’s only supporters are gas drilling companies and their surrogates
the industry crushes any opposition and research that uncovers the deleterious effects of fracking
the negative effects of fracking that is being done now could show up in years and negatively impact the environment it’s done in for centuries
Natural Gas is a less harmful hydrocarbon fuel, but it is a hydrocarbon, none the less. Eating smoked meats is less carcinogenic than smoking unfiltered cigarettes, but they are still carcinogenic. 
This kind of position by Clooney to embrace NPR, whose domestic politics fit well inside the box, is consistent for him. On the other hand, I thought that Mother Jones would catch these kinds of inconsistencies where NPR produces cowardly, relativist material to placate right wing extremists who would just as well see NPR shut down.

motherjones:

OK, OK, we’ll pay up.

Will you, now? Ducky for you.

I’m not convinced: I was driving on the freeway listening to this story on All Things Considered which my ears could not believe because:

I’ll be honest: I had a hard time listening to the segment because it barely discussed the elephant in the living room:

  • fracking’s only supporters are gas drilling companies and their surrogates
  • the industry crushes any opposition and research that uncovers the deleterious effects of fracking
  • the negative effects of fracking that is being done now could show up in years and negatively impact the environment it’s done in for centuries
  • Natural Gas is a less harmful hydrocarbon fuel, but it is a hydrocarbon, none the less. Eating smoked meats is less carcinogenic than smoking unfiltered cigarettes, but they are still carcinogenic.

This kind of position by Clooney to embrace NPR, whose domestic politics fit well inside the box, is consistent for him. On the other hand, I thought that Mother Jones would catch these kinds of inconsistencies where NPR produces cowardly, relativist material to placate right wing extremists who would just as well see NPR shut down.

For many years, a small handful of countries dominated growth in wind power, but this is changing as the industry goes global, with more than 70 countries now developing wind resources. Between 2000 and 2010, world wind electric generating capacity increased at a frenetic pace from 17,000 megawatts to nearly 200,000 megawatts.

Measured by share of electricity supplied by wind, Denmark is the leading nation at 21 percent. Three north German states now get 40 percent or more of their electricity from wind. For Germany as a whole, the figure is 8 percent — and climbing. And in the state of Iowa, enough wind turbines came online in the last few years to produce up to 20 percent of that state’s electricity.
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