1. Those nasty, atavistic right-wingers! Those darn conservatives! And, of course, Republicans! All of em: standing in the way of altruistic, forward-looking, caring-for-the-earth (and, of course, the children), the good guys: environmentalists you know, Obama voters. Ya' think? Are you sure ..? Read on..... 2. Besides the fact that federal grants and loans are distorting the market for renewable energy, we now have another reason to be concerned about the proposed solar and wind projects for the desert: Union groups are attempting to block projects unless they get hiring agreements with the developers. 3. Observers are calling it greenmail, as these groups are using the lengthy, complicated environmental regulations that already make any sort of development difficult in order to challenge the approval of energy projects, but apparently only the projects that dont have labor agreements. a. Greenmaila spin on the term blackmail under environmental lawis one aspect of this top-down format that achieves union organizing objectives by persuading employers, rather than employees, to recognize a union as its employees exclusive representative. http://www.winston.com/siteFiles/Publications/Greenmail.pdf 4. a challenge by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Unions to stop the approval of a solar project in Kramer Junction. Their representatives claimed their concerns were about water use for the project, a claim that nobody with half a brain believes. a. construction unions use CEQA to block permits for projects until the developers agree to force their contractors to sign project labor agreements (PLAs) California 5. Brightsource, the company developing the massive Ivanpah solar project near the border to Nevada, did not face such environmental challenges. Coincidentally, they signed agreement with labor groups for the construction jobs, jobs that will actually be paid for with a $1.37 billion in guaranteed federal loans. 6. not only have the jobs already been promised non-competitively to a small group within a larger pool of potentially qualified candidates, we all get to pay for it. 7. these tactics are not new and not confined to energy projects. Walmart has to deal with environmental challenges to pretty much every single project they attempt to build .pointless environmental challenge 8. The irony that the people hurt most by these labor actions are other laborers is lost on these folks. They dont grasp that if their actions keep causing projects to be canceled or delayed, this ultimately reduces demand for construction workers, 'Greenmail' a threat to energy projects | projects, energy, calling - Desert Dispatch 9. Three California unions criticize CURE for challenging construction projects on environmental grounds, then dropping objections after CURE's affiliate wins contracts to supply workers. CURE says it aims to protect people and the environment. 10. State Energy Commissioner Jeffrey Byron said "It does strain credibility when you have an organization called CURE that is concerned with the desert tortoise and wildlife habitat and turns around and disappears when a project labor agreement is signed. Labor coalition's tactics on renewable energy projects are criticized - Los Angeles Times So .what have we learned? The 'environmental movement' can best be represented as a matryoshka doll, a Russian nesting/nested doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the other. But, rather than dolls....they are a series of SCAMS. Yup....convince simpletons that 'it's to save the planet (all hail mother-Gaia!)' you can tell people what bulbs and toilets they can have, take their lands, demand feather-bed union contracts, huge academic study grants....heck, the sky's the limit! And who are the 'bad guys'? Why traditional Americans who believe in individualism over the collective, and property rights over confiscation. .it is often the environmentalists of one stripe or another who pretend pristine motives, but are merely using the simps that the environmentalism has fooled. Save the earth is no different than convincing folks there's a Santa Clause .in reality, folks just want 'presents'.