Putin/Trump Regime Plotting to Undermine State Renewable Standards

May 1, 2017

State’s rights are all fine and good if all you want to do is keep black people from voting.

But burning less coal, that’s serious.

Putin/Trump regime planning to use “national security” as an excuse to block state renewable energy goals.  The scam is that maintaining “baseload power” is critical and can only be attained with good old Mr Coal.  Thing is, Germany, which is rapidly moving toward more renewable energy, has a grid that is 10x as reliable as the US, – reliability being more a function of, like, taking care of infrastructure – and complicated stuff like that.

Think Progress:

Lawmakers are questioning the motives behind the Department of Energy’s decision to study whether government support for renewable energy resources are threatening the reliability of the nation’s power grid and contributing to the closure of coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

In a letter sent to Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday, several Democratic senators called the request for the grid reliability study “a thinly disguised attempt to promote less economic electric generation technologies, such as coal and nuclear, at the expense of cost-competitive wind and solar power.”

The study appears intended to blame wind and solar power for the financial difficulties facing coal and nuclear generators and suggest that renewable energy resources threaten the reliability of the grid, the senators said.

In a memo to his chief of staff last month, Perry requested DOE investigate how federal subsidies boost one form of energy at the expense of baseload generation. The memo specifically directed the agency to look at the extent to which “continued regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants.”

Last week, Perry, speaking at a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) conference in New York City, cited national security as a possible reason that DOE would intervene in state energy planning that it concludes is a threat to baseload coal generation and nuclear power.

“Are there issues that are so important to the national security of this country that the federal government can intervene on a regulatory side?” Perry said, according to an E&E News report. “I’ll suggest to you that there are, from the standpoint of being able to have, and make sure that we maintain, a baseload on our grid is of national security.”

In response to Perry’s statements at the BNEF conference, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) told ThinkProgress at Saturday’s People’s Climate March in Washington that the DOE does not have authority to roll back renewable energy mandates in the states. “He would have to come through Congress to stop the states from deploying renewable energy,” Markey said. “That would be basically, from my perspective, unconstitutional. They can’t tell the states what to do with regard to renewable energy.”



28 Responses to “Putin/Trump Regime Plotting to Undermine State Renewable Standards”

  1. vierotchka Says:

    Great article with all the necessary appropriate links in the text. Excerpt from the article:

    “And finally, and perhaps most importantly, we need to deepen the trust between the intelligence community and the citizens that we aim to protect,” Pompeo said later in his speech. “At CIA I can assure you that we’re committed to earning that very trust every day. We know that we can never take it for granted.”

    Well cool! It just so happens that I’ve been putting a lot of thought into why nobody trusts the CIA and what could be done to fix that. Here are three humble suggestions I’ve come up with for ways Mike Pompeo and the CIA could build trust with the American public:

    1. Leave Julian Assange the fuck alone.

    Seriously. Leave him alone. If you say you want to build trust with the public, then locking up a man who’s helped bring transparency to your shady dealings is a very strange place to start. The American people had a right to know that the CIA had lost control of its immense hacking arsenal and covered it up. The American people had a right to know that the CIA had been actively cultivating the ability to forge signs of Russian cyber intrusions prior to the alleged (and still completely unproven) Russian hacking of Democratic party officials. The American people had a right to know that the CIA knew about weaknesses in American software and deliberately left them open for the purposes of espionage. The American people had a right to know that the CIA has been working on hacking programs for vehicle control systems, which could enable untraceable assassinations. They know these things now, and it’s good that they know them.

    Much more at:

    View story at Medium.com

  2. smithpd1 Says:

    Rick Perry is out of touch, to put it mildly. This was obvious before he took the job.

    If grid reliability is a problem, then smart grids should be developed as part of the solution. That will extend the reach of renewables. If base load is determined to be a problem (it has not come close yet), that problem could be solved in part by aggressively developing modular, safe nuclear options such as the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor. Or natural gas. Coal?? Everybody knows, other than Perry, that coal has the worst emissions. Bring back buggy whips, Perry.

  3. Tom Bates Says:

    Putin/Trump Regime? Really? With that headline you have simply shown yourself to be a moron. Why not argue the facts instead of lying.

  4. andrewfez Says:

    WV was the first state to lose its renewable energy standards thanks to ALEC and the Kochs. Tea Party also stripped away the $7500 state tax credit for EV’s many years ago.

    Meanwhile in NC Engineer775 is working on a little residential thermal storage. He’s already figured out how to cool his home and heat the water with a small condenser chiller that runs on a solar/battery set up. Now he’s going to add a giant tank that will freeze water with propylene glycol in it to maximize the PV system’s storage:

    • Andy Lee Robinson Says:

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      Recommend subscribing to anyone listening…

  5. webej Says:

    The addition of ‘Putin/’ to the article is childish ideologically based conspiracy thinking. The narrative that Putin is now in fact the chief Executive of the USA is unsupported by any verifiable factual evidence, and has very little explanatory value as a theory for the actions of the current executive.

    • trumpera Says:

      Damn but I’m sick of Russian trolls.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Aren’t we all. And the folks who write the bullshit for trolls like DweebyJ to cut-and-paste need to make their stuff sound less like it came from a propaganda robot and more like a real human said it.

        “….very little explanatory value as a theory for the actions of the current executive”?

        Does that mean that Trump is not an asshole who owes his election to Putin and is colluding with him to push fossil fuels??

        • vierotchka Says:

          Trump is a total asshole, but he doesn’t owe his election to Putin, he owes it to Hillary Clinton, and he is not colluding with Putin to push fossil fuels, he is doing it with your very own American home-grown fossil fuel oligarchs and industries.

          • trumpera Says:

            bull.shit, troll.

          • vierotchka Says:

            Neocon whore!

          • jpcowdrey Says:

            Yeah, Hillary was totally responsible for all the fake news about her criminality, etc. She secretly ordered the CIA to create this massive anti-Clinton propaganda campaign and hacked her own campaign’s computers, just to inpugn gentle soul and international philanthropist Vladimir Putin.

            Sure, that makes plenty of sense.

      • vierotchka Says:

        Well, that’s not a problem, then, so don’t worry your little head about it since there are none posting here. On the other hand, you should worry about the Neocon trolls posting here.

  6. skeptictmac57 Says:

    As governor of Texas, Rick Perry was actually a big supporter of wind energy. Probably the only good thing to come from his administration. I kinda hoped that he would continue his support for it in his new job.

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