Save Biomass before everyone finds out it doesnt work: 25×25, CAP, Green for All, AFT, etc

Chris Clayton has posted an article at DTN Progressive Farmer outlining the push back from 25× on cuts to renewable energy. The specific focus is on Biomass and it is interesting to see these cuts challenged now. Recently Iwatch released a video detailing how inconvenient Biomass is; seeing it couldn’t meet the regulations set by the EPA. (Video below) But wait, there’s more! Act now and you can find out just who exactly 25× really is. Hint: Center for American Progress, General Motors, and The Union for Concerned Scientists. What is more interesting is that their “founding documents” were hosted (tucked away) on one of the AFT’s websites. That was exposed in our post on 1/17/11 when they accidentally left their parent directory open. Whoops. Check that out, its hysterical. Plus it shows the alliance between the AFT (Teachers Union), Green for All, Ella Baker Center, Center for American Progress, etc on the Green Jobs Act that lead to these subsidies.

From the Progressive Farmer Article (who are these losers?)

The gutting of funds for some key renewable energy programs by the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Agriculture has drawn the ire of the 25x’25 Alliance, which called the proposed budget cuts “draconian.”

…no funds would be spent next year for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.

Rightly so. It isnt working.

The bill also would stop all funds for the Rural Energy for America Program. REAP is a program Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tapped to help establish blender pumps for higher blends of ethanol.

Please, lets not start on Tom Vilsack. He started Cap and Trade with “water credits” for Chesapeake Bay through Obama’s Executive Order 13508. The EPA and USDA claimed it would improve the local economy. When asked if they did an economic impact study they said “no” ; the executive order “doesnt require” us to do one…and “we havent done one”. Seriously, check it out here. (No one has mentioned it and its been a year). Wait, isnt Vilsack that dude that fired Shirley Sherrod prematurely after Beck “edit raped” Breitbart?

Cap and Trade with Water Credits comes to Chesapeake Bay, with help from Winnie the Pooh

On May 12, 2009 President Obama issued Executive Order 13508 on Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. One year later to the day the EPA unveiled their broad and incoherent plan in a press release that was sent out using state of the art technology. Earlier that same day the press release and full plan was wrapped up at Kingman Island. In attendance were Lisa Jackson (EPA Administrator), Tom Vilsack (USDA), Ray Mabus (Dept of Navy), Anne Castle (Dept of Interior), Monica Medina (Dept of Commerce)

In the EPA’s press release it states that:

“USDA will also lead a federal initiative to develop a watershed-wide environmental services market that would allow producers to generate tradable water quality credits in return for installing effective conservation practices.”

The Secretary of the USDA, Tom Vilsack said in that same statement “We will help the bay watershed’s farmers and forest owners put new conservation practices on 4 million acres of agricultural lands”

This is Tom Vilsack, seriously. What could go wrong with this guy overseeing cap and trade with the Bay’s water?

Tom Vilsack-Secretary of the USDA

Economic Irony

Under the “Benefiting economies and jobs section” of the EPA’s press release the agency claims:

Many actions will provide economic benefits, including conservation of working farms, expanded oyster aquaculture, support for conservation corps programs and green jobs, and development of an environmental marketplace for selling, buying and trading credits for pollution reductions.

However, just a few days later (March 24, 2010) the EPA’s outline of this plan was peer reviewed by the Science and Technology Advisory Board (aka adult World of Warcraft players) and the EPA responded to their comments and concerns.

In Chapter 2, “Agriculture” (pg 2), one of the comments from the Board states “EPA has not conducted an analysis of the economic impacts the guidance document will have on either categories of agricultural production or the profitability of individual farms”

The EPA’s response?

“The E.O. (Executive Order) does not require EPA to conduct an economic impact analysis for this guidance, and the EPA has not done so.”

Got it? The EPA claims in the first press release that trading pollution/clean water credits, and implying all other conservation strategies, will help create jobs and strengthen the local economy. Then tells the Chesapeake Bay Board that they are not required to prove that claim.

Welcome to the Left. Their promises and claims do not require proof. They will manifest through contradicting rhetoric and sheer will