Are your Solar Panels Breeding Bolsheviks? Tea Party Congress targets National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

June 5, 2011

The Tea Party congress hates new energy, hates the idea that the nation could be weaned off its oil dependence, or fossil fuels. They hate renewable energy because their primary sponsors in the fossil fuel industry want above all to slow progress on that front, and drag the nation back into the 19th century.

We’ve seen a number of examples of this over recent months, now the anti-science crusade continues. Lead by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), 9 members of congress have now asked for the closure of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO.

The Denver Post reports:

The lawmakers ask that funding in the 2012 budget be eliminated for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs because they “have failed to live up to their supposed potential.”

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who represents the district in which the national lab is located, has said the facility generates 5,500 jobs.

“NREL is a crown jewel in the world of renewable energy,” said Les lie Oliver, a spokeswoman for Perlmutter. “It’s providing a lot of jobs; those are things we need to be fostering.”

According to an analysis by the University of Colorado, the lab provides a $714 million annual boost to the state’s economy.

The letter, written by California U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock IR-CA), says: “We should not follow the president’s poor planning in increasing the funding for these anti-energy boondoggles.”

By “boondoggle”, apparently he means wind energy, which has made up more than a third of new US capacity over the last several years, and is currently coming in competitive with, or cheaper than, coal in most areas of the country, or solar energy, which is now the fastest growing industry in the US.

Below the fold, American Wind Energy Association President Denise Bode kicks ass and takes names as Fox News “personalities” try to spread more disinformation about renewable energy.

Rep. Lanborn is following a script similar to Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, who recently wrote that support for “so-called clean energy” is “not good for the United States.”


15 Responses to “Are your Solar Panels Breeding Bolsheviks? Tea Party Congress targets National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)”

  1. climatesight Says:

    Typo – the extra space in “a spokeswoman for Perl mutter”. This threw me for a minute, as I have spent most of the afternoon wrestling with Perl scripting 🙂

  2. The PERL script running in Varney’s brain doesn’t behave like it’s accepting input parameters.

  3. mrsircharles Says:

    It’s getting more bizarre in right wing Tea Party land.

    When will they ever learn… I doubt it.

    But many thanks for the article again, Peter.

    Kudos to you keeping up the good work.

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  5. BlueRock Says:

    > …Denise Bode kicks ass and takes names…

    I come for the information. I stay for the chuckles.


  6. sailrick Says:

    The Tea Party and GOP are hell bent on making sure that the U.S. loses out, in the worldwide clean energy revolution.

    China now has 45 GW of wind power and is on track to have 200 GW by 2020.
    China will spend $454 billion in the next five years supporting renewable energy. There is a city in China where over 800,000 people are employed in the solar energy industry.

    Germany now has 17% renewable energy, with some northern provinces at 40% wind energy.

    Denmark has 20% wind energy. Spain and Italy have large percentages of wind and solar energy.

    Solar thermal power plants were developed largely by the National Renewable Energy Lab.
    Solar thermal power plants, also called concentrating solar power (CSP) can be built with molten salt heat storage. This turns them into base load power plants, providing steady power day and night. They can also follow the demand load. The first plant with molten salt heat storage is being built in Arizona, with 6 hours heat storage.

    If an area of our southwest 41.5 x 41.5 miles was filled with solar thermal with heat storage, it could produce as many megawatt hours of electricity as all the coal plants in America. That’s about twice the size of the area now evacuated around the Fukishima nuclear plant in Japan.
    Arizona alone has 285 GW potential for solar thermal, or the equivalent of about 120 nuclear power plants, adjusting for the lower capacity factor for the solar, verses nuclear.

    Darrel Issa
    Tom McClintock (R-CA)
    Sen Inhofe (R-OKlahoma)
    Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
    John Doolittle
    Robert Walker
    Joe Barton (R-TX)
    Fred Upton (R- MN)
    Rep. Ed Whitfield (R – Kentucky)
    Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois),
    Rep. Colin Peterson (R-MN)
    Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN)
    Rand Paul (R- Kentucky)

    This is a partial list of the most anti science members of the Senate and Congress. None of them have any business being legislators.

    What we have is collective insanity. Either that or it’s collective ignorance or dishonesty.

    While scientists worldwide are nearly unanimous in agreement on AGW, the GOP is almost unanimous in denial of the science. Every scientific organizaton in the world with any standing agrees with the IPCC.

    Only two such organizations disagree with the IPCC

    The American Association of Petroleum Geologists
    The Canadian Association of Petroleum Geologists

    That’s the whole list.

  7. sailrick Says:

    And here is the list of professional scientific organizations that endorse the findings of the IPCC.

    National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


    Woods Hole Resesarch Center

    US Geological Survey (USGS)

    National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

    NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS)

    American Association of State Climatologists

    Federal Climate Change Science Program, 2006 (the study authorized by the Bush administration, and then Edited by a Petroleum Institute lawyer under the Bush administration to water it down)

    American Chemical Society – (world’s largest scientific organization with over 155,000 members)

    Geological Society of America

    American Geophysical Union (AGU)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    American Association of State Climatologists

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    American Astronomical Society

    American Institute of Physics

    American Meteorological Society (AMS)

    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    Stratigraphy Commission – Geological Society of London – (The world’s oldest and the United Kingdom’s largest geoscience organization)

    Chinese Academy of Sciences

    Royal Society, United Kingdom

    Russian Academy of Sciences

    Royal Society of Canada

    Science Council of Japan

    Australian Academy of Sciences

    Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts

    Brazilian Academy of Sciences

    Caribbean Academy of Sciences

    French Academy of Sciences

    German Academy of Natural Scientists

    Indian National Science Academy

    Indonesian Academy of Sciences

    Royal Irish Academy

    Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy)

    Academy of Sciences Malaysia

    Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand

    Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

    Union of Concerned Scientists

    The Institution of Engineers Australia

    Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)

    National Research Council

    Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospherice Sciences

    World Meteorological Organization

    State of the Canadian Cryosphere (SOCC)

    International Council on Science

    American Physical Society (APS)

    Australian Institute of Physics (AIP

    European Physical Society

    European Science Foundation

    Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS

    Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)

    Network of African Science Academies

    International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS

    European Academy of Sciences and Arts

    InterAcademy Council (IAC)

    International Arctic Science Committee

    Arctic Council

    European Federation of Geologists (EFG)

    European Geosciences Union (EGU)

    Geological Society of Australia

    International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

    National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT

    Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

    Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

    Royal Meteorological Society (UK)

    American Quaternary Association (AMQUA

    American Institute of Biological Sciences

    American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV

    American Society for Microbiology

    Institute of Biology (UK)

    Society of American Foresters (SAF

    Deniers would have you believe that somehow all these organizations and the thousands of scientists from 120 countries, who have been doing the research for 20 years, and over 30 years for some, are all scamming you in some dark conspiracy. Wow, and they call the scientists alarmists!

    Recall or vote out the anti science deniers.

  8. sailrick Says:

    Fossil fuels in the U.S. receive twice as much in subsidies and tax credits as all renewables combined. A large percentage of the help for renewables goes to corn based ethanol, which is loved only by big corporate agribusiness interests.

    Oil has been subsidized since 1918 nonstop.
    Coal has been subsidized since 1932 nonstop.

    The CEO of General Electric recently said that photovoltaic solar will be competitive with fossil fuels in 3-5 years. GE is about to enter the PV solar industry in a big way.

    Wind power is already competitive.

    Solar is already competitive in sunny and higher priced energy markets.

    OUT with the science morons. Enough with the congressional witch hunts against climate scientists. We had enough of that kind of nonsense in the Scopes MonkeyTrial many decades ago.

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