Orwellian newspeak from Harry: Lawmakers’ Ignorance is his Strength

It conjures images of Orwell’s “1984” newspeak and doublethink — “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.”

Not only was everything Harry Reid said in his speech on the floor of the Nevada Assembly Wednesday night about “green” energy false, it was the diametric opposite of the truth. Lie is Truth?

“Green” jobs don’t improve the economy, they cripple it by draining private capital from real, productive jobs due to higher electric power costs and higher taxes.

Harry Reid at Nevada Assembly

That the United States can single-handedly halt climate change is a hoax.  Even if the country entered into a unilateral cessation of carbon production, turning off one out of thousands of carbon spigots has near zero effect.

Meanwhile, the temperature of the planet hasn’t changed in a decade and a half. Polar bears are thriving. This is only the third winter in history in which more than 10 million square kilometers of new ice has formed in the Arctic, and the Antarctic is approaching 450 days of above normal ice area.

“The renewable energy industry has been a bright spot during dark economic times,” Reid claimed, “helping our state attract new businesses and create thousands of jobs that can never be outsourced.”

Thousands of jobs? Dark is Bright?

Nevada Policy Research Institute has added up the amount of money squandered on “green” projects and found that since 2009, taxpayers have funneled more than $1.3 billion into geothermal, solar and wind projects in Nevada, and that has resulted in just 288 permanent jobs — more than $4.6 million per job. And that’s not counting higher power bills due to the fact “green” energy costs two to four times as much as fossil fuel-produced energy or that wind and solar are intermittent and must be backed up by fossil fuel generators, thus doubling the capital cost to the electricity customer.

And don’t think the monopoly power company is going to squawk about higher capital cost. It is guaranteed a “return on equity” from the Public Utilities Commission. The more equity, the more return. Freedom is Slavery?

Reid singled out for laudatory remarks Ormat’s geothermal power plants in Northern Nevada without deigning to mention that Ormat’s lobbyist in Washington is Kai Anderson and a top executive Paul Thomsen are both former aides of his or that the company got a $350 million federal loan guarantee or that the geothermal industry has contributed $43,000 to his campaign since 2009.

Broken windmill.

Harry also tipped his hat to the Spring Valley wind turbine farm near Ely without mentioning that the company’s CEO is a big backer of WindPAC, which has given Reid $15,000 over the years, or that the wind farm created only 13 permanent jobs.

The solar plant near Tonopah got a Harry Reid shout out without so much as a nod to the fact the company got a $737 million federal loan guarantee or that board members are contributors to his campaigns or that the NV Energy contract to purchase that power is for 13.5 cents per kilowatt-hour — higher than the current resident retail power rate of less than 12 cents. Higher is Lower?

“These successes didn’t happen by accident,” Reid boasted. “They are the result of more than a decade of coordination between businesses, utilities and all levels of government.”

Coordination is now the Orwellian equivalent of Graft?

(For some reason he never mentioned the moribund Chinese solar project near Laughlin that his son Rory is pushing or the defunct Chinese wind turbine project he and his friend Brian Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, were touting.)

“The linchpin for this progress is a state law that guarantees a market for Nevada’s clean, renewable energy resources,” Reid explained. “This law, better known as the renewable portfolio standard, requires a minimum percentage of electricity to come from renewable sources.”  Central Planning is Free Market?

In other words, NV Energy has to, by the year 2025, obtain 25 percent of its power via “green” energy sources or conservation. It is currently meeting its goals and needs no more power of any kind.

Reid complained that loopholes in the law allow the utility company to “evade the spirit of the law. In fact, those loopholes are so large Nevada’s major utility could meet the standard without building a single megawatt of new renewable energy for the rest of the decade.”

Imagine that, stable power bills, but no income for his “green” contributors. Your Positive is their Negative.

“We should no longer allow the major utility in Nevada to meet the portfolio standard with energy credits from a Utah hydroelectric dam built in 1896 – the same year Utah was admitted to the Union,” he complained, while claiming he is in favor or “clean energy,” but apparently some Clean is really Dirty?

In Harry’s world, Ignorance — the ignorance of your legislators, that is — is his Strength.

Obama and Reid visit a solar project at Nellis Air Force Base. The project saves the Air Force $1 million a year, but cost $100 million to build and has a life expectancy of 20 to perhaps 30 years. (AP photo)

41 comments on “Orwellian newspeak from Harry: Lawmakers’ Ignorance is his Strength

  1. brucefeher says:

    Standard procedure for the left; lie, cheat, steal etc.

  2. Sometimes they cheat, steal and then lie.


  3. Steve says:

    Athos is right, Harry’s a crook.
    But in the midst of all this there are some interesting technologies. Tonopah is the only solar power that actually looks to be viable on a utility scale. It looks like they solved the storage problem. There are only 3 of these in the world and they are under construction. They also appear to build fast. Time will tell and the costs are high, but that is the nature of new tech. If these work, future ones will surely offset the costs of the first ones.

    “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water” A conservative statement if I ever heard one.

  4. Rincon says:

    Meanwhile, the temperature of the planet hasn’t changed in a decade and a half.” Thomas, I’m really tired of your irresponsibly perpetuating a myth that I’ve clearly disproven at least twice on this blog You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. It’s not only obfuscatory, it’s wrong in every technical way as well Even if you quote the “not statistically significant” line from the Fox interview, you are obligated to define statistically significant AS IT WAS USED IN THE ORIGINAL QUOTE (Google it). 2005 and 2010 are tied for the warmest year since 1880

    I can’t paste the NASA graph here, but you can. You won’t though, because you’re entirely content to misinform the viewers of this blog. This makes you an ideologue, not a journalist. Even if you somehow actually believe your inane piece of misinformation, any good journalist would be obliged to report that NASA and NOAA data clearly show that not only is the warming continuing, it hasn’t slowed down one bit. If you have information from an original source that disputes the information from NASA, then post it along with the NASA data so people can judge for themselves. The Cato Institute and the other Conservative think tanks are not original sources of information. Trace it to the source as any good journalist should do. You’re merely perpetuating a lie written by other ideologues. Does truth mean nothing to you??

  5. Source: the Met in England.

  6. Steve says:


    A peer reviewed admission that “global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008″ – Dr David Whitehouse on the PNAS paper Kaufmann et al. (2011)

  7. Steve says:

    A smile.
    In case you miss it in the comments.

  8. Rincon says:

    Firstly Thomas, I hope you will accept my heartfelt apology for my previous outburst. This is an editorial format and I am free to present my own unbalanced information in opposition to yours. In this case, there is a fair degree of complexity, which makes it prone to all sorts of obfuscation by many sources on both sides

    The source of the temperature data that Steve presented is shown below. I’m not sure what the “met” is, but I’ll Google it when I finish here. Steve’s second link is to a Global Warming skeptic organization, which I cannot consider to be an original source.


    The measured temperature is shown by the red bars. The black lines above and below the red bars are the ranges of probability for the true values. So far as the researchers can tell, there is a 95% chance that the true number is within the range between the bars. This means the actual truth can be almost anywhere within the black lines. The blue line is a rolling average, which can be calculated in a number of ways.

    Firstly, it is important to note that although the last decade can be represented in a number of ways to obscure or exaggerate the issue, the long term trend is obvious. As the graph shows, the 13 hottest years in history were within the past 15 years and the other two were 1997 and 1998. That being said, the temperatures in 1997, 1998, and 2001-2005 were especially warm. So is the temperature stable at all? Look at the graph. Lies, damn lies. and statistics. Although it is true is that the average temps from 2005-12 are approximately equal, 2001-5 was particularly warm compared to previous temps, which made them a hard act to follow.

    What is amazing is that the skeptics don’t latch onto the period from 1942-1978, when the Earth’s temp didn’t budge, despite the presence of large amounts of greenhouse gasses. 2005-2012 is easily within the normal ups and downs of temperature. Amazing how the same skeptics who happily ignore an obvious long term trend are hypersensitive to an insignificant deviation.

    There will always be short term blips in temperature. Indeed, even the temp rise of the last 110 years is hardly proof of an impending disaster. It could be a blip of its own, although it would have to be highly unusual given the long term record. Global warming is a risk and nothing more. No one can prove what will happen in the future with certainty. The problem I am addressing today is the way skeptics have used little pieces of a larger picture to distort people’s perceptions. I consider it dishonest.

  9. Athos says:

    Geez, Rincon. Doesn’t having Algore as your high priest of global warming give you ANY pause?

    Why are liberals so gullible when it comes to things that inflict hardship on themselves and others?

    Is it ’cause God upsets you so??

  10. Steve says:

    You can pay for access, that’s why I stopped at the other link, Rincon. It has the full story too and you should pay attention. The data is getting as interesting as the lack of coverage about the changes.
    Powerful people do not want to give up their control, that is why data is being suppressed.

  11. Human beings are a short-term blip, Rincon.

    The Met Office was one of the chief sources for data for the IPPC sky is falling report.


  12. Rincon says:

    If you read the graph Steve, it’s all clear. Secondary sources are less reliable. A quote can easily be taken out of context, as I suspect this one has. There’s a reason that hearsay is inadmissible in court. I suspect the story is based on “statistical significance”, but just as you, I’m way to cheap to pay for access. I consider it a sign of good character 🙂

    I agree that we’re a blip, Thomas. I suppose with that philosophy, the debt is unimportant too. Nevertheless, I’m still not so nihilistic that I would neglect the future for the sake of my own indulgence in the present. That was the way our leaders got us into this fiscal black hole

  13. Steve says:

    I am not so rich I can afford to be cheap, therefore I am value conscious.

  14. Rincon says:

    I have gotten off the subject now that I think about it. I know that a society that can’t even avoid fiscal disaster when faced with it or fail to get off foreign oil when the wisdom of doing so is obvious will never address a problem that may take 50 years to become serious.

    My goal was to show that extremists will point out only the bits of information that will help their cause while hiding the truth of the overall picture. The temperature of the Earth remains far above (relatively speaking) anything in recent history, yet Conservatives claim that a brief pause in the rise is proof that there is no warming. This data does not even deserve to be an issue no matter how it’s interpreted. Conservatives constantly and rightly trumpeted that short term changes are normal when the temp was rising more rapidly than models predicted. Now, they are suddenly ready to claim that the Earth cannot possibly be warming if there is even the slightest deviation from a constant rise in temperature. Only an ideologue would do that.

  15. Athos says:

    Sorry, Rincon. THIS conservative doesn’t buy the belief that MAN is causing a temperature change in our world.

    In fact, just the opposite is true (to me). This belief that Man causes global warming, and therefore, Man can prevent Global warming catastrophe, opens the door for all the “snake oil salesmen” (see Algore) to get rich at our expense (and then go and buy mansions to live in and jets to fly around the globe).

    Anyone (other than me) remember the CCX that was touted so highly, a few years ago? Carbon credit swaps belong in the same category as “indulgences” – prepaid for sin (and the Catholics got rid of that one, didn’t they?)

    Why can’t we just talk the Truth?

  16. Steve says:

    So, Rincon in 40 years we can come back and discuss this “anomaly” of flat, though hot, temperature stability? Today’s temperature notwithstanding…

  17. The lack of warming is not proof. But it takes wind out of the sails of the warming alarmists.

  18. Rincon says:

    I agree Thomas, that being an alarmist is just as foolish as being a denier. To repeat: No one has a crystal ball, so to smugly assert that the vast majority of the world’s scientists in relevant fields are wrong is arrogant to say the least (especially since the last 17 years was by far hotter than any such period in history), although it is equally arrogant to predict an apocalypse.

    Bu I certainly don’t expect any of you to get on board with global warming – at least not until it’s way too late. I would be happy if you Conservatives will just stop obstructing our efforts to get off foreign oil so we can someday pull our military out of the Middle East – and keep them out. That would help the warming, eliminate our trade deficit, keep us out of future conflicts, and reduce air pollution all at the same time.

  19. Steve says:

    I would be happy if you guys would stop obstructing efforts to get off foreign oil by opening up those public lands for exploration and extraction.

  20. I agree. We need to wean ourselves from “foreign” oil.


  21. Athos says:

    Open up ALL US territory to oil exploration, extraction and refinement; end CAFE standards (54.4 MPG?? What are these people smoking??) and stop requiring power companies to purchase solar and wind electricity.

    All government mandated obstacles.

    Then let’s talk about who’s obstructing who.

    Some of us don’t want to pay “significantly higher” energy bills.

    Go figure?

  22. Rincon says:

    Nice pipe dream kids, but not feasible politically. A compromise would save the day, but unfortunately, pragmatism is dead. Dogmatism is the new order. Enjoy your dogmatism.

  23. Athos says:

    And THAT’S the reason why we can’t compromise with these socialist goons, these Chicago thugs!

    They MUST be defeated.

    “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

    (Bonus points if you can name who said it!)

  24. Goldwater, of course.


  25. Rincon says:

    That attitude handed the White House to LBJ.. Goldwater did more for Liberals than any Democrat could have.

  26. Warmonger LBJ painted Goldwater as a bigger warmonger.


  27. Rincon says:

    That can explain LBJ’s victory. It does not adequately explain a landslide.

  28. Athos says:

    Then you’ve never seen the “daisy” commercial. But I bet you’re glad LBJ started the War on Poverty, aren’t you? That war is now 48 years old. Wanna guess the casualty rate on that one??

  29. In fact I was thinking of the “daisy” commercial.


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