This report will come as a shock to many Americans. Little did we know that the Obama administration would pull out all stops to prove their version of energy management. The Obama version of energy efficiency involves spending millions in tax dollars to pursue will-o'-the-wisp enterprises chasing philosophical ghosts of 'new forms of alternative energy.' And they are doing it with your money.
Mean while, they continue to condemn and damn all existing forms of known energy resouces. Anyone else notice that the cost of gasoline has gone up 80 cents a gallon since the election? Just a question.
By Tori Richards and Earl Glynn | Colorado Watchdog
GOLDEN, Colo. – The federal government’s dream of a renewable energy empire hinges on a scrubby outpost here, where scientists and executives doggedly explore a
If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted.
It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.
And the public pays those decision-makers well: NREL’s top executive, Dr. Dan Arvizu, makes close to a million dollars per year. His two top lieutenants rake in more than half a million each and nine others make more than $350,000 a year.
But what is really going on there? Energy expert Amy Oliver Cooke drove out to the site, which looks something like Nevada’s Area 51 with its remote location and forbidding concrete buildings. NREL had started a construction project and Cooke wanted to see for herself. She didn’t get far: a man in an SUV seemingly appeared out of nowhere, stopped her car, and told her to leave.
“A beefy looking fellow told me, ‘It’s top secret,’ said Cooke, director of the Energy Policy Center at the Independence Institute think tank. “I said, ‘I’m a taxpayer and I want to see what you’re building’ and he said it was it was ‘top secret so we can bring Americans a better future.’”