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Solargate: FBI executing search warrant at Solyndra

There is a new turn in the Solyndra debacle this morning. It is being reported by papers, radio and TV that the FBI is executing a search warrant at Solyndra and the Inspector General at the Department of Energy is also involved.

No word on what they’re looking for but I would suspicion it has to do with the $500+ million in loan guarantees provided by the government and Solyndra’s sudden closure last week, laying off about 1,000 employees without notice.

It makes me also wonder if there are any plans to do a search at Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser’s place as he is the majority owner of Solyndra, who is reported to be a large fund-raiser for Obama in 2008 and who was possibly instrumental in getting Solyndra the loan guarantees.

Update 1: This now has me wondering what exactly is going on.  Is this a raid to get evidence for a possible prosecution? Or, is this a raid to remove evidence that may come back and haunt the Obama administration? The way things are going these days (Operation Gun Runner and Operation Fast & Furious), I certainly would not be surprised if this turned out to be some move by Attorney General Eric Holder to sanitize things for the President. Reelection is coming up you know.

More later as things develop.

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Solargate: Update – Solyndra to Lay off 1,100 and file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Just heard on KCBS, San Francisco, California. Solyndra to lay off 1,100 workers and file Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

From Gigacom:

“Solyndra LLC, the American manufacturer of innovative cylindrical solar systems for commercial rooftops today announced that global economic and solar industry market conditions have forced the Company to suspend its manufacturing operations,” the company said in a statement.

So, back to that $534 million federal loan guarantee. Will the taxpayers get stiffed? Will anyone be prosecuted?0 Remember, the ex-CEO is a Obama buddy, so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for any action.

I’d call this another Obama downgrade and another green jobs fail for Governor Jerry Brown, ex-Governor Schwarzenegger and the state of California.

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Solargate: Solyndra to close?

DOA ?

UPDATE: Just heard on the radio that Solyndra is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will lay off 1,100 employees, essentially their entire workforce.

Yesterday I questioned what’s going on in the solar industry and picked Solyndra as a potential candidate to close its doors since it’s losing titanic amounts of money.

I wasn’t off the mark at all. This morning, it sounds that Solyndra may announce it’s closing its doors. According to KTVU Channel 2 News in Oakland, California this morning, employees are being laid off and given unemployment packets. Today, I again wonder if they’ll now file bankruptcy and take their manufacturing to China like Evergreen Solar of Massachusetts?

The Street reports:

U.S. solar company Solyndra, which once had dreams of a big IPO, is headed into bankruptcy.

A analyst in the solar market said an announcement from the embattled U.S. solar company was imminent, expected at noon on Wednesday, after speaking with an employee of the firm in Europe, where all employees were told on Wednesday that they were being let go.

A local Bay Area NBC affiliate also posted a report saying doors of a Solyndra California location had been shuttered and quoted employees as saying the company was finished.

KRON TV in San Francisco, California,  is also now reporting live that workers are getting pink slips and are getting ready to attend a meeting inside Solyndra HQ to hear about what is happening.

No wonder the CEO resigned and appears to be hiding out. Now I wonder how much of that loan money and VC money he has stuffed in his bank accounts and what will happen to it? After visiting this plant and touting green jobs I wonder what President Obama will  have to say about this? He’ll probably remain silent and play golf or go on another vacation.

That’s $535 million of your tax dollars thrown out the window by President Obama. That’s what the federal loan guarantee was and no doubt Solyndra won’t be able to make good on it. With things like this it’s no wonder we need to increase the federal debt limit.

As for Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have been touting all these wonderful green jobs in California, here’s another massive green jobs fail for you. Now California will again get to blow more money on unemployment checks instead of raking in tax dollars. Their sub-contractors will no doubt be laying off their people next and the city of  Fremont, California, will not be getting any revenue from this bad deal either. There will now be two Solyndra building that will be empty or almost empty sitting beside Highway 880 in Fremont.

Want to bet no one goes to jail over this? I hope Congress takes a hard look at this. Yet more CO2 Insanity of the expensive kind.

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Solargate: How much longer will Solyndra (and others) be around?

Another solar company flop?

I’ve ragged about Solyndra before. There’s weird stuff going on with this company who even after obtaining a $535 million government loan guarantee and venture capital funds has suffered the inability to go public. They had to lay off employees and shut down one facility immediately after California’s Prop 25 initiative failed (the one that would have neutered California’s global warming law AB32). They’re now being investigated by Congress  (House Energy and Commerce Committee) and their CEO recently bailed out. All in all it doesn’t appear to be a pretty picture for Solyndra, California,  or their green jobs poster boy Governor Jerry Brown.

Wall Street Pit has some pretty damning information not only about Solyndra but the solar industry in general:

Solar stocks have been a terrible investment over the past few years. Some of the big public names have been hammered.

FSLR – First Solar = -65%
LDK – LDK Solar = -88%
ESLR – Evergreen Solar = -100%
SPWR – SunPower = -88%

Regarding their failed IPO:

What was in the prospectus wass (sic), no doubt, the real reason that investor chose to take a ‘pass’ on the deal. There were revenue/expense numbers for the nine months preceding the proposed deal:

Revenue: $58.8mm
Cost of Goods Sold: $108.0mm

That is an absolute complete disaster. This is a low margin business to begin with. At Solyndra they were losing 84 cents for every dollar of sales.

Based on that and the rest of what’s in this article about Solyndra, one has to wonder how much longer they’ll be in business. Will they do what Evergreen Solar did and move their operations to China and then file bankruptcy to get out of their massive debt in the United States?

Or, will some other state offer them greener pastures like these two companies, who couldn’t get away from California’s high taxes, business stifling  regulations, congestion, high housing and labor costs fast enough.

Sooner or later reality has to hit the people who think solar and wind provide magic free electricity. Until then it’s more CO2 Insanity.

Source:  Wall Street Pit

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Whistleblower Outs NASA for Hiding Data of Global Cooling

The Sun with some sunspots is visible. The two...

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WRITTEN BY JOHN O’SULLIVAN | 20 JUNE 2011

As Earth enters deepest solar minimum in centuries NASA caught hiding sunspot data to prop up dying global warming cult. Inconvenient new ice age imminent.

A solar scientist insider who wishes to remain anonymous gives us the scoop that government officials are falsifying solar data to suit a political agenda. Below is his damning indictment of how deeply entrenched and desperate is the climate fraud. We see how observational data is being deliberately faked to hide the decline in sunspot activity; an event which independent scientists say could trigger a new ice age if it is prolonged.

The source, who fears losing his position if identified reveals, “The fact is for years we have been watching the magnetic fields wane both here on Earth and on the Sun.”

But NASA has conspired with advocates of the man-made global warming cult to ‘hide the decline’ which would make a mockery of their trumped claims mankind has created a new and warmer Anthropocene Climatic period.

Continued Rate of Cooling to Cause New Ice Age

Our nameless expert explains that since the 1990’s and into the 21st century magnetic fields have dropped by about 50 gauss per year. No one denies that in itself, this is not a remarkable drop if it were to be soon reversed. However, if such a trend continues for a decade or more then the fears of solar scientists that we are entering a new Ice Age will be realized with potentially devastating consequences for life of Earth.

The unidentified insider explains that one of the doomsayers guilty of propping up the false global warming story and who has now been forced into an embarrassing recant is NASA’s solar physicist, David Hathaway. Hathaway had claimed that Solar Cycle 24 would be strong but it wasn’t. But like many scientists wedded to the doomsaying cult it was not until recently that Hathaway felt forced to drop the bar and suggest that Solar Cycle 24 may be weak and not the 50 percent stronger he had suggested in 2006.

Now Hathaway drops the bar further admitting that Solar Cycle 25 will be even weaker. So what does prolonged weak sunspot activity mean? Well, look no further than the last long period of low sunspot activity when the Earth suffered the misery of the Maunder Minimum and Little Ice Age and devastating episodes of famine and bad harvests swept Europe. The climate became so cold that winter Frost Fairs were held on the thick ice that formed over the River Thames in London, England.

With no rises in global temperatures since 1998 and global cooling this century, the wider scientific community is discovering that a clique of self-serving climatologists have deliberately misinterpreted data from the Sun’s Great Conveyor Belt.

Weakest Solar Cycle in Centuries

Government funded researchers were first caught out by the double peaked nature of Solar Cycle 23. They did not consider the double minimum we are currently in that will take us into the weakest Solar Cycle in centuries putting us into potentially ice age territory.

The unnamed whistleblower says, “Within a few years time the magnetic field will be too weak to support any sunspots on the face of the Sun.”

Sunspots form only when the magnetic field is stronger than 1500 gauss.

Gravy train government researchers persisting in ignoring the facts are fast losing their credibility. These ‘scientists’ have turned a blind eye to important historical works on the Sun such as that by Pieter Zeeman who, back in the 19th century gave us “Zeeman splitting.”

Our whistleblower warns, “this brings us to how sunspots have been counted over the last few years and the counting of areas that would not have been seen much less counted in the past. It is entirely possible that these short-lived micro sunspots have shown up at every Solar Minimum and they were not seen so they were not counted. But that does not mean they were not there during periods such as the Maunder Minimum.”

Sadly, revisionists within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have succeeded for two decades in re-writing the Earth’s temperature records. They have also succeeded in obscuring the proven key role the Sun plays, as witnessed by Judithgate whereby the 2007 IPCC Report relies on the work of ONE biased solar scientist, Judith Lean who positively ‘reviewed’ her own work.

Inconvenient Sunspots Shame NASA

The IPCC’s fraud with Judithgate is now matched by what is currently taking place behind closed doors. Our anonymous friend gives us the scoop on some of NASA’s latest shenanigans:

“The first example is the current fourth place record for total blank days in the period from July to September 2008, in which for 52 days just one micro sunspot appeared. Many in the science community were not at all to happy this was recorded as such because the area did not last 24 hours [a minimum requirement] and looked to many solar experts as nothing more than an aggravated pore.”

But still the doomsayer fraternity counted it.

“A second example is the current fifth place record for total blank days which is the 51-day day period from July to August 2009.”

Both of these blank periods have occurred in the current solar cycle and both were only days away from taking third place in all time spotless sun days since modern records began back in 1850. They were conveniently ‘stopped’ by counting areas that prior to the 21st century would have not been counted as true sunspots – a clear case of cherry-picking.

Now here is the kicker some of you amateur solar watchers may or may not know about. “In early July 2009 we had the best defined sunspot of this cycle to date (# 1024). But you probably won’t realize there was a second area that formed that month lasting less than one day and that was catalogued as # 15 on July 23rd 2009.”

My anonymous source tells me the reason it was not counted was because solar experts were expecting more sunspot activity and because the fact this area belonged to Solar Cycle 23.

“Now fast forward to August 31st 2009 and facing the fact that we were now only days from taking out the third place in all time blank periods. A micro sunspot appears and also lasts less than 24 hours. It got numbered right away but before September 1st was finished the spot was gone lasting less than 24 hours.”

Thus deliberate false accounting distorted the record books. Our faceless insider friend laments, “In the future solar scientists will look back on this period just as we now look back at the Persecution of Galileo.”

With the IPCC and NASA now discredited, the records need to be made public with all those responsible for doctoring the data brought to account; while independent and principled researchers should he heard without fear of recrimination.

For anyone interested in actual Independent Solar Research rather than the discredited hype about man-made global warming more information may be found here.

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IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Crack Cocaine?

Will Earth Henceforth be Known as the Planet with the Reflective Personality?

I thought IPCC stood for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but after reading this article I think perhaps it should be changed Intergovernmental Panel on Crack Cocaine. Why say you?

Well, I was taken aback by an article n the Telegraph today titled “IPCC  ‘considering sending mirrors to space to tackle climate change.’ I mean you have to wonder if  they’re all smoking crack? Here’s some snippets from the Telegraph.

Reflective aerosols would be sent into space under a series of radical “geo-engineering” measures being considered by the UN climate science body to tackle climate change, leaked documents disclose.

What are they planning to do send deodorant into outer space? Some aerosol deodorants do use aluminum, which I suppose might reflect all that nasty sunlight. We might even freshen up the planet if we send up a rocket full of the right scent. Imagine not having to buy bathroom spray anymore? I guess this could put Fabreeze out of business, though.

Or, perhaps they could use tiny little mirrors? I mean it really does go hand-in-hand with the crack smoking. They could call it the “smoke and mirrors” solution to climate change, global warming, climate disruption. I think I’ll have to reflect upon this for a while.

The article closes with……..

A spokesman for the IPCC was unavailable for comment.

I wonder what the spoksman was smoking I mean doing?

 

More CO2 Insanity that you can read all about at the source below.

Source: The Telegraph

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More ‘Green’ jobs California Won’t See

Calisolar Headquarters Sunnyvale, CA

Well, current Governor “Moonbean” and ex-governor “Governator,” here are some more “green” jobs California won’t see. Contrary to the belief’s of your Church of Global Warming, businesses are not jumping for joy about creating “green” jobs in California, but they do seem to be jumping for joy to create them anyplace and everyplace else.

In case you are both still unaware, there just aren’t a whole lot of people who are very excited about doing business in California anymore. Why should they when they can go elsewhere and have lower taxes, fewer regulations, less traffic, lower cost employees and cheaper land to build factories upon?

Today’s bad news for California is that Calisolar, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, just got a $275 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to build a new factory to make silicon for solar panels. Is this money going to be spent in California? Will this money create those “green” jobs you two and other greentards keep touting? Ummm…..no….it’s going to be built in Ohio. Gee, I wonder why? Couldn’t be things like taxes, over-regulation and high operating costs could it?

So, what’s Ohio’s gain and our loss? According to Brighter Energy……..

Calisolar estimates that the facility will generate, at its peak, nearly 1,100 permanent jobs and up to 1,000 construction jobs.

That is approximately 2,100 people in California who are losing out due to the draconian conditions created by our Taxocrats in Sacramento. Will they ever wake up and smell the coffee? Do they ever think of the unemployed who may work, the taxes that could be paid, the reduction in unemployment checks paid out and the healthcare plans that people could again have. Yes, our current crop of elected Taxocrats continue their failure to grasp the simple concept that businesses don’t want to be in the bad business environment they have created and that no business equals no tax revenue.

Think that’s bad? Well, there’s more in today’s news about California and specifically the San Francisco Bay Area, that does not bode well for the employment environment.

Not only will we not be seeing the estimated 2,100 jobs that could be had if Calisolar put this manufacturing plant here, but per the June 18, 2011 Contra Costa County Times, we have even more bad news on jobs here……..

The Bay Area lost 2,000 jobs during May, the East Bay shed 1,700 jobs and the South Bay lost 1,400 jobs, the Employment Development Department reported. California lost 29,200 payroll jobs last month. The numbers were adjusted for seasonal changes.

Now I don’t know who’s adjusting what (perhaps GISS created this report?), but 1,700 + 1,400 = 3,100, not 2000. The above also doesn’t seem to report the West or North Bay either. Perhaps they didn’t lose any jobs, which I find hard to believe. Regardless, that’s a significant number of lost jobs, as is the California grand total of 29,200.

Take the 2,100 people Calisolar won’t be hiring here plus the 3,100 lost jobs in May and that is 5,200 killed jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area alone.

All I can say is way to go guys and gals in Sacramento. Put more people out of work, increase the strain on the state budget and decrease the amount of tax revenue. How long before California goes broke? If they keep this up, not long. I  guess they think they’re on a roll or something. Trouble is Sacramento is rolling  in reverse. It will all accelerate when AB32 kicks in. I’d predict that California will soon repeat the 1930’s, only this time people will be fleeing en masse for Oklahoma.

Sources: Bright Energy and Contra Costa Times

 

 

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Top Scientist Says New Solar Wobble to Prolong Global Cooling

By: John O’Sullivan

As a new solar minimum takes our planet towards global cooling an increasing number of scientists give credence to a new theory blaming our Sun’s wobble.

It started in 2007 when scientists saw that gravitational forces in our solar system may have a huge impact on Earth’s climate. Professor Ivanka Charvátová, CSc. from the Geophysical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, explains why there is suddenly so much interest in her theory in an exclusive interview with klimatskeptik.cz.

Professor Charvátová calls it Solar Inertial Motion (SIM) and she claims it will have serious impacts on our climate. She says a predictable “wobble” of our Sun called barycenter shift alters Earth’s weather patterns. Few climatologists have yet studied this phenomenon. But the evidence supporting Professor Charvátová’s SIM theory is becoming ever more compelling.

Our Wobbling Sun

Increased international interest in the SIM ‘wobble effect’ began after Australian scientist Dr. Richard Mackey published a paper addressing the effects of the barycenter shift in The Journal of Coastal Research in 2007. Mackey drew inspiration from the work of the late Rhodes Fairbridge.

Fairbridge was one of the first English-speaking experts to appreciate the significance of Professor Charvátová’s findings. The Czech expert had suddenly stolen the limelight because, as she says „I was the only one in the whole world who got the 23rd sunspot cycle prediction right.”

She recalls, “Even before my major discovery came, Prof R.W.Fairbridge contacted me after I published an article about SIM periodicity in Paris.” The publication was in her former name, Jakubcová.

Climatologists Accused of Ignoring New Science

When asked how much of this groundbreaking new science the UN’s beleaguered climate panel, the IPCC, took into account in their global warming reports, she answered, “Nothing at all. They are allergic to SIM.”

She explained that traditional thinking only considered science that supports the greenhouse gas theory which, in turn, attributes a substantial component of climate change to human influence. Professor Charvátová laments that the IPCC still fails to consider a whole range of climate forcing phenomena with any solar-terrestrial link, e.g. cosmic rays, geomagnetic, solar gravitational forces, volcanic activity, etc.

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Will we have more earthquakes? Piers Corbyn

Watch Piers Corbyn’s take on earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear power and weather.

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Power Supplier Admits Going Green Will Put the Lights Out in Britain

No wind = no power = Problems

By: John O’Sullivan

British families have been told the shocking truth about the price of green energy. They must prepare to go without electricity for extended periods, warns UK’s top electricity boss.

Steve Holliday, National Grid’s chief executive issued a stark warning over the consequences of the UK ‘going green’ speaking to listeners to Radio 4’s Today program.

The shock admission was immediately picked up in the Daily Telegraph (March 2, 2011) in the article, ‘Era of constant electricity at home is ending, says power chief.’

Britain’s largest energy supplier, National Grid is one of the most lucrative privatised monopolies in the world. It dealt the cold realities to a nation already committed to spending £18 billion per year on unnecessary and unpopular ‘green’ taxes.

Brits told – Wind Turbines Whether You Like it or Not

The colossal company is hell-bent in pursuing an ill-conceived agenda to make it’s energy policy more ‘environmentally friendly’ by focusing on wind power.

When tackled about how the company was going to keep Britain’s lights on when the wind wasn’t blowing Mr. Holliday replied, “Families will have to get used to only using power when it was available, rather than constantly.”

Holliday’s plan will, in effect, take Britons back to the bad, sad old days of the 1970’s when the miner’s strike forced electricity generators to restrict supply and throw the nation’s workers onto the ‘three day week’ whereupon uncollected garbage and dead bodies were piled high workers and citizens endured a bleak winter in abject misery.

“As a society, we all need to be clear about what we can and cannot afford” continued the fat cat enjoying a one million a year salary and a £1.27m bonus.

Holliday’s vision confirms the predictions of an increasing number of experts exposing the myths of sustainable energy and documented in a new book,The False Promise of Green Energy. The book strongly suggests that green-job proponents have been getting away for too long peddling an unrealistic vision of energy production.

Holliday’s words are now fulfilling a bleak prophecy that imposing such ill-conceived measures will either bring a dramatic increase in the cost of energy or significant cuts in its use.

Citizens in Revolt over Green Energy Fascism

Physicist and leading energy critic, John Droz Jr. responded to Holliday’s bleak draconian prediction saying, “This is the type of ammunition that will resonate with all citizens, anyplace fighting wind energy.”

National Grid is used to controversy and is so unpopular a website‘National Greed’ has been set up to expose it’s shenanigans. Workers revolted over jobs being sent to India at the same time as annual profits hit £2,914million and senior executives were buying Ferrari’s and stabling them in a “hotel for fine automobiles” (Paul Routledge, Daily Mirror, 31/07/09).

Source: John O’Sullivan

Edit: I have seen some people questioning whether this is legitimate or not on other sites and someone questioned me because they were unable to find the article on the Telegraph website. I searched and manually nosed around their archives and was unable to find it on their site, too. I did locate a photograph of the page in the Telegraph with the article which is below.  Editor.


 

Editor’s Comments: Will this happen in California due to AB32, California’s Global Warming Law? Me and others have been predicting that AB32’s cap & trade will raise the cost of power to the point that people could be left unable to afford power for their homes and could cause businesses to  head elsewhere where  power is cheap. Other draconian measures in AB32 could also cause increases in prices of things made in California and also could cause businesses to take their manufacturing facilities elsewhere, which is already happening. Californians were duped by people like Arnold Schwarznegger, James Cameron, Bill Gates, and other famous greentards into voting no on Prop 23, which would have delayed implementation of AB32 until the unemployment level in California dropped.

You can read more about California’s current and coming problems with AB32 at the below links about this CO2 Insanity.

Thousands More Green and Other Jobs Flee California

Prelude of California Green Job Market

California Chasing Away Cruise Industry?

California Leads Way on Global Warming

California’s Cap & Trade May Encourage Clear-Cutting Forests



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