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  • Obama to Tout Green Energy at Politically Connected Wind Company

    President Obama will make a push for wind energy subsidies on Thursday at the Iowa production facilities of a politically connected wind turbine manufacturer with ties to his administration. The appearance could serve to reinforce perceptions of cronyism in the administration’s “green jobs” push.

    At the manufacturing facilities of TPI Composites, Obama will tout the need for continued federal “investment” in wind energy, according to the Des Moines Register.

    TPI has some notable connections to the White House through Element Partners, one of its key investors.

    One of Element’s operating partners is former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic National Committee chairman Ed Rendell. Rendell endorsed Obama during the 2008 campaign – though he has yet to do so in this cycle – and made numerous campaign appearances on his behalf.

    During his tenure as governor, Rendell appointed Kathleen McGinty as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. McGinty is also an operating partner at Element.

    The former chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the founding director of the White House Office on Environmental Policy, McGinty is a “protégé of Al Gore,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    White House visitor logs show that McGinty, who also served as a senior advisor to the DNC, met with Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality, in 2010 to discuss the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    Dr. Karl Hausker, McGinty’s husband, is a former deputy assistant administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency. He also represented the EPA on the White House Climate Change Task Force.

    TPI Composites got $9 million from a $2.3 billion package of Energy Department tax credits for green energy manufacturers, but it is just one of a number of Element Partners investments to receive federal support.

    Renewable energy companies NRG Energy, TAS Energy, Petra Solar, Wind Tower Systems, and EdeniQ have all received both financial support from the federal government in some form and investment from Element Partners.

    Political connections have been near-constant among the recipients of federal money for green energy projects under Obama. Ironically, he has chosen to tout the effort at a site that reinforces that objection.

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    2 Responses to Obama to Tout Green Energy at Politically Connected Wind Company

    1. Bobbie says:

      Mr. Obama put enough of America's time and stolen earned income into this crap! It was poor planning to begin with! Wind turbines doesn't show to be sustainable at any measure, ever! To have government operating it is very dangerous!

      Because Obama and his many merry men bash profit to an extreme shows their ignorant, selfish, hypocrisy as they would be making the government minimum wage if they're truly against profit but they are profiting immensely by screwing us at their unconstitutional will. All in government who are against profit in the private sector should be making no more than the government mandated, minimum wage! That would reduce ALL OF AMERICA'S GOVERNMENT INDUCED PROBLEMS! The president's $800,000 dollar salary with all living expenses paid is quite a profit! Unearned profit! Whenever you hear anyone of those crooks denounce profit, keep in mind their salaries they help themselves to off America's back!

    2. tocelp says:

      If a expose reporter wanted to make a name, they would investigate the fact that TPI is in a joint-venture with Mitsibutshi in Juarez, Mexico. They make wind blades in Mexico and ship them to a distribution center in Santa Teresa NM for distribution throughout the USA. It is thought they do this to get away from the EPA regulations reguarding Fiberglass, resin and Carbon Fiber manufacturing. Look at Google Earth and you will see a huge storage facility just southwest of the Santa Teresa airport. It has been there for years, but became much larger when Obama was elected. I would bet they call these blades US made, as one sees very little information about Mexican made products like this. The plant in Juarez is a "twin-plant" using Mexican labor and US/Japanese management to run it.

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