Harry Reid has long been known to Nevadans as a piker when it comes to bringing home the bacon — Nevada ranks next to last among the states in federal dollars received compared to be federal taxes paid, 65 cents on the dollar.
So it was no surprise that Harry pulled out the stops and cashed in his markers during the 2010 election cycle to polish his bacon creds, trying to take credit for creating jobs by doling out federal grants, tax breaks, gifts and assorted graft to his “green energy” campaign contributors.
Emails revealed by a House committee a year ago help document the administration collusion with Reid and others:
Administration Officials Moved Projects Forward to Help Key Allies
• DOE officials were aware of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tough reelection in 2010 and moved projects that were important to Senator Reid forward.
o In a December 5 2009 email, Loan Program Office Senior Credit Advisor Jim McCrea forwarded an article about Senator Reid’s reelection campaign to LPO contractor Paul Barbian and stated: “Since this is not going to go into the DOE, and just to be clear, the translation is: Reid may be desperate. WH may want to help. Short term considerations may be more important than longer term considerations and what’s a billion anyhow?” (Email #8, attached)
o In a May 4 2010 email, LPO Executive Director Jonathan Silver wrote in an email “I need some stats on how many projects we have funded or have in DD [due diligence] as a percentage of totals. Reid is constantly hit at home for not bringing in the federal dollars.” (Email #9, attached)
o Throughout 2010 LPO emails indicate that projects in Nevada were prioritized because they were “high profile,” “tied to larger events,” or because they had Senator Reid’s support. These projects included the $343 million SWIP project (Email #10, attached), the $98.5 million Nevada
Geothermal project (Email #11, attached), and the $737 million SolarReserve Tonopah project (Email #12, attached).
NPRI has noted that since 2009 the federal government has funneled more than $1.3 billion into geothermal, solar and wind projects in Nevada, creating just 288 permanent, full-time jobs — at a cost of more than $4.6 million per job.
Email No. 8:
And you were told this was about saving the planet from global warming. No, it is and was about saving Harry’s job and extracting money from the “green” executives.
In addition, power bills in Nevada are higher and going still higher, thanks to Harry.