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When do taxpayers get paid back on the $50M in VW tax credits?

When do taxpayers get paid back on the $50M in VW tax credits?

You’ve all heard by now thatVW figured out a way to trick the government agenciesthat monitor vehicle emissions in order to get better environmental ratings on its line of “clean diesel” cars.

Well, here’s a new wrinkle: how do taxpayers get paid back on the $50 million in “clean energy” tax credits that buyers received to help purchase the fraudulent automobiles?

More from the Detroit News:

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday said it was opening an investigation into Volkswagen AGs use of about $50 million in tax credits for diesel cars that the automaker has now acknowledged have software that evades emissions rules.

In a letter to VW CEO Matthias Muller and VWs top U.S. executive, Michael Horn, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and the ranking Democrat, Ron Wyden of Oregon, want VW to answer questions about tax credits for cars that are among the 482,000 diesel vehicles that had defeat devices on them allowing them to emit up to 40 times allowable pollution in real-world driving.

Keep in mind that these tax credit were instrumental in selling the cars:

Even worse, the liars at VW wanted team Obama to allow credits designated specifically for electric cars to go toward the purchase of the fake-clean diesels:

Now the question is, “who pays back the government?” Will it be the buyers of the car, which would mean refiling tax returnsor will VW pay?

And another problem is the reduced value of the cars people already own:

VW is taking care of their dealers, but not American who bought the cars or U.S. taxpayers who financed them:

Not right, VW.

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The Paris climate accord has been approved! Now here’s what that actually means for you.

The Paris climate accord has been approved! Now here's what that actually means for you.

For the first time in history, representatives of 195 nations agreed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rejoice! Hooray! The world is saved!

GIF from “Captain Planet,” obvi.

Well. Sort of. Ish. For now.

The so-called “Paris Agreement” was signed into effect Saturday evening, Dec. 12, 2015, after two weeks of grueling negotiations (and technically one day after what was supposed to have been the end of the Conference of the Parties, but that’s OK).

It is a landmark step in slowing the effects of climate change across the globe. The mere fact that 195 nations actually came together and agreed on something is a pretty remarkable feat in itself, especially considering that the last 20 times the United Nations tried to get together to address global warming, all ended in resounding shrugs.

GIF via MTV News/Kanye.

While the historical importance of this cooperation is certainly worth celebrating, it’s also an easy distraction from the more … lackluster aspects of the climate deal.

Imagine those 195 nations involved in the agreement are 195 friends who all went out for dinner one night.

Now imagine the nightmare of trying to split the bill 195 ways. The Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn’t want to go in on the $300 bottle of wine that the United States bought for the table. And the Marshall Islands had two more pieces of calamari than Brazil did, so Brazil wants them to pay the difference. Then, of course, there’s Monaco, who only got a salad and yes OK paid for exactly what they ate plus a stingy tip, but they didn’t factor in the tax and everyone else wants them to split the cost of the appetizers, too. And we haven’t even gotten started on entrees yet!

Let’s just say there was a lot of compromise involved. But hey, at least everyone had a good time, right?

Actual footage from the signing of the agreement. GIF via New York Times.

For example, there was a whole lotta hemming and hawing about the difference between a 1.5 and 2C global temperature increase.

We know the overall climate is warming and we need to stop it before it gets worse. But there’s some disagreement on what “worse” means, exactly.

The general consensus has been that 2 degrees Celsius is the cutoff for rising global temperatures by the end of the century. Any hotter than that, and it gets increasingly difficult to predict just how unpredictable the ecological damage could be. Also, 2 degrees seemed like a pretty attainable goal for most countries.

There are others, however, who were pushing to cap the rise at 1.5 degrees. And while that half-degree might seem like splitting hairs, there are some parts of the world where it could be the difference between life and death.

GIF from “Anchorman.”

The result of all this back-and-forth? The global temperature increase will be capped at … um … well, we’re gonna cap the global temperature increase.

Basically, every country gets to set its own limits for greenhouse gas emissions. These limits will be publicly available through the UN website so all nations can be held to proper public scrutiny.

Unfortunately, there’s not really any requirement for these emission reductions other than “less than what we’re doing now.” Amid the fancy legalese of the formal agreement, it actually says: “Parties aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible” (emphasis mine).

That’s remarkably vague and noncommittal, especially for a legally binding contract. But the parties will reconvene every five years to review their progress and maybe-possibly increase those limits. So that’s something?

The upside of the Paris Agreement: Everyone agrees that we need to take climate action.

Even if specific action is still left to the discretion of each nation, this is a big move in the right direction.

While the issue of global warming is hardly “solved” and we’re not any closer to saving the planet once and for all (if such a thing is even possible), at least we acknowledge there’s a problem, and we’re committing to fix it.

Yes, there are some changes that will happen in your country and some things that might be integrated into your day-to-day lives. But you might not even notice them, and they might not be enough to make a difference.

That might seem like cold comfort. But it all depends on what we do from here on out.

So let’s pledge as individuals to embrace climate-conscious lives whenever possible.

Vote with your dollars and go green when you can. You don’t have to buy solar panels for your home just pay attention to what you recycle. Walk, bike, or carpool when you can (and maybe next time you buy a car, aim for electric). Be aware of the world as you move through it, and consider the impact that actions might have on the future of our planet. And whenever there’s an option that involves less fossil fuels, I implore you to take it.

That might be as vague and noncommittal as the Paris Agreement. But everything has to start somewhere.

Let’s get started.

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Obama Friday Night Document Drop – Solyndra

Obama Friday Night Document Drop – Solyndra!/cnnbrk/status/183332406969901056

From CNN:

The Obama administration turned over 432 pages of e-mail communications and other documents Friday to congressional Republicans investigating the collapse of the solar energy firm Solyndra, the White House said.

The hard-copy and electronic documents include e-mail communications from the offices of the president and vice president, the White House said in a letter to Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Cliff Stearns of Florida.

“These documents, like the over 187,000 pages previously provided by Executive Branch agencies, demonstrate what we have said throughout the course of this investigation: decisions on the Solyndra loan guarantee were made on the merits by the Department of Energy,” wrote Kathryn H. Ruemmler and Cynthia C. Hogan, counsels to the president and vice president, respectively.

“None of the documents support the committee’s allegations about favoritism to campaign contributors or improper White House involvement in the decision-making process,” the counsels wrote.

From Politico: 

White House energy adviser Heather Zichal is scheduled to meet next week with  House Republicans for an interview about Solyndra, according to a source  familiar with the investigation.

Zichal’s meeting with the Energy and Commerce subpanel investigating the  failed California solar company will happen behind closed doors and won’t  involve a transcript. Those details were part of an agreement reached last month between Republicans and the  White House that circumvented threats of a subpoena.

From the Hill:

The latest White House documents delivered to House Republicans on Friday again highlight the extent to which senior administration officials braced for the fallout as Solyndra – a company President Obama had personally visited – was about to go under.

A White House memo that noted the danger of “imminent bankruptcy” at the end of August 2011 says, “OMB, DPC and NEC have been working with press and OLA to be prepared for this news to break.”

The White House document notes that the Treasury Department, OMB and other White House offices agreed that no more money should be provided because there was a “near-zero chance” that the company could survive.

Taking a tour with Barbara Boxer: 

Senator Boxer tours Solyndra in Fremont

Friday, February 05, 2010

Senator Boxer tours Solyndra, a Fremont-based company that manufactures thin-film, tube-shaped solar panels

And a thank you from Dianne Feinstein. 

This is a major milestone for California’s solar industry,” Senator Feinstein said. “This federal loan guarantee of $535 million will enable Solyndra to secure affordable financing – at a time when credit is extremely tight – in order to build and operate a commercial-scale facility to manufacture the next generation of rooftop solar systems.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has pledged that his department will act as an engine for innovation – and this loan guarantee program is an important part of that effort. So, I’d like to extend my thanks to Secretary Chu for his leadership.”

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ICYMI this MTV star flogged climate marcher Leo DiCaprio with one photo

ICYMI this MTV star flogged climate marcher Leo DiCaprio with one photo!/MuffyAllah/status/513873761213235200

To whom could that Twitter user be referring? Why, ultra-hypocrite actor Leonardo DiCaprio, of course! As Twitchy reported, DiCaprio attended the “People’s Climate March” on Sunday and much mockery ensued.

PJTV’s Michelle Fields asked him about his not-so-green yacht and other Twitter users slammed him for that as well.

Then came MTV’s Chet Cannon.

Hi, @LeoDiCaprio. Are you cutting back on time in those jets and yachts and more jets and yachts? #Climate2014

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) September 21, 2014


He then brilliantly flogged him with one photo.

Shorter @LeoDiCaprio: Capitalism and fuel are lame.

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) September 21, 2014


@Chet_Cannon @BarefootSnap @LeoDiCaprio CAPTION: "Where's my caviar and blue fin dolphin fillet?

— ProLifeIN (@idideat4414505) September 22, 2014

@Chet_Cannon @LeoDiCaprio He walked from San Tropez to NYC just for the #ClimateMarch.

— Low Info Buffalo (@DeadBuffaloBlog) September 21, 2014

And an exit question for the Hollywood hypocrite:

@Chet_Cannon @JedediahBila @LeoDiCaprio Does your yacht run on solar power or Democratic hot air? The latter is abundant.

— carlos nieves (@L0s4) September 22, 2014


Is this the yacht Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t want to talk about at #PeoplesClimate march?

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Leonardo DiCaprio at #ClimateMarch photos are mock-worthy; Michelle Fields corners; Updated

‘Freaks!’ Joe Bastardi retweets photo of ‘ideological child abuse’ at #PeopleClimateMarch

‘Morons!’ See Katie Pavlich destroy #ClimateMarch hypocrites with their own photos

Is this #ClimateMarch sign the least self-aware thing EVER? (Hint: Yes. Yes it is) [photos]

This creepy puppet and interpretive dance from #ClimateMarch will make your sides ache [photos]

It takes under 140 characters to crush the slacktivist absurdity of #PeopleClimateMarch [photos]

Twitchy coverage of MTV’s Chet Cannon

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No more Big Bird attack ads? Time for some hilarious #NewObamaMuppets

No more Big Bird attack ads? Time for some hilarious #NewObamaMuppets!/Ringo6/status/255671778154782720

The Obama campaign’s Muppet obsession grew even more pathetic today with the use of Big Bird in a pitiful attack ad that Sesame Workshop swiftly denounced. Heh. It’s not easy being the Chicago machine.

Perhaps it’s time for Team Obama to come up with some new Muppets for the next attack ad — ones that won’t result in a stern letter from the Muppeteers. Once again, @TheMorningSpew kicked off a hilarious hashtag and the Twitterverse helpfully offered some suggestions for #NewObamaMuppets that reflect the campaign’s Chicago-style values.

#NewObamaMuppets Dr. Teeth and the Solar Powered Mayhem

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 9, 2012

It ain't easy being green-boondoggled. RT @jwehrle Kermit the Fraud #NewObamaMuppets

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 9, 2012

Fozzie Math #NewObamaMuppets

— John Wehrle (@jwehrle) October 9, 2012

Tingle My Leg Elmo #NewObamaMuppets

— Stuart (@Ringo6) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Rowlf The Tasty Dog #ObamaAteDog

— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Nookie Monster… ooops sorry that was an #OldClintonMuppets

— Яob (@robx_d) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Ché Grovera

— Brøm Henckel (@austex63) October 9, 2012

Count Von Can't Count #NewObamaMuppets

— SunnyRight (@sunnyright) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Groverregulated

— Michael McDonald (@meadabawdy) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Too Big To Fail Bird

— Mike Gannon ن (@MikeCGannon) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Bleaker

— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets Tickle Me Massa!

— Shaughn (@Shaughn_A) October 9, 2012

Naturally, there will be lapdog media burying their bones on Sesame Street.

#NewObamaMuppets George Snuffleupagus

— James Madison (@SpiritOfMadison) October 9, 2012

But actually, the Obama campaign might not need to get so creative. Some members of Team Obama were born Muppet-ready. You know, if you like your Muppets extra creepy.

#NewObamaMuppets .@Messina2012

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) October 9, 2012

#NewObamaMuppets @DavidAxelrod

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) October 9, 2012

Hide yo’ kids! Creepiest Muppets ever!


We missed this one earlier. Too good to leave out:

Elmao #NewObamaMuppets

— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) October 9, 2012

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Remember 6 Years Ago, When Anti-Environmentalists Were Just Joking?

Remember 6 Years Ago, When Anti-Environmentalists Were Just Joking?

Ali G is much funnier before you realize that a lot of people genuinely behave like him. If you don’t take the time to learn about being green, you might actually think solar panels could “use the sun up.”

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Obama tries his lame, false ‘FACT’ spiel with energy; Fails again

Obama tries his lame, false ‘FACT’ spiel with energy; Fails again!/BarackObama/status/225684657621053440

Dude. His “FACT” spiel is really getting pitiful. Bless his pants-on-fire heart! The president seems to never learn; simply screeching “FACT” in front of something, doesn’t make it true. As these citizens, once again, made quite clear.

Along with the cost MT @barackobama: FACT: U.S. electricity production from renewable energy sources is on track 2 double by the end of 2012

— Snarky Basterd (@Snarky_Basterd) July 18, 2012

@barackobama FACT: Under President Obama, energy prices have 'necessarily skyrocketed' … gas is up 103% #failure

— Dan Andros (@DanAndros) July 18, 2012

@BarackObama Yes, and the money it costs to research renewable energy and new energy sources is MORE money than the new processes will save.

— John Russell Allen (@Jallen289) July 18, 2012

@BarackObama This is hilarious. It now makes up .000000002% of our energy usage and costs 1,000x conventional sources.

— obamanada (@obamanada) July 18, 2012

@BarackObama Fact; personal freedom on track to be cut in half by the end of 2012.

— Brad Rinderknecht (@BradRinder) July 18, 2012

Not hard to double when you start w/ a small no. #math MT @BarackObama Electricity from renewable energy to double by end of `12 #progress

— Carcel Mousineau (@CarcelMousineau) July 18, 2012

Math, like presidenting, is hard!

@BarackObama fact: 8 taxpayer financed clean energy companies went bankrupt under obama.

— Darryll M. (@HighTide1989) July 18, 2012

And this is a win, right here. Throwing President Obama’s own words right back in his face:

Somebody else did that MT @BarackObama: FACT: Under Obama, U.S. electricity production from renewable energy sources is on track to double

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) July 18, 2012


Related: Lesson not learned: Obama using ‘FACT’ again; citizens respond with truth

Truth to power: Citizens turn Obama’s Romney ‘fact’ false narratives into pesky facts about Obama

Fail: Obama plans fundraisers in Switzerland then tries to slam Romney … on Switzerland; Update: Obama FACT mocking

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Rep. Darrell Issa blasts ‘stonewalling’ administration at Fisker hearing

Rep. Darrell Issa blasts ‘stonewalling’ administration at Fisker hearing!/larry_kudlow/status/327157473184206850

It was just yesterday that the Department of Energy was directing its followers to an online highlight reel of the last four years under Secretary Steven Chu, but not surprisingly, there’s no mention of Solyndra or Fisker; instead, the page touts the department’s $36 billion in Recovery Act investments “to support clean energy jobs across the country.”

Yesterday was Secretary Chu’s last day at DOE. Here are some highlights from the last 4+ years:

—Energy Department (@ENERGY) April 23, 2013

Some of the people who hold those few remaining clean energy jobs testified in front of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to discuss failed electric car company Fisker’s $529 million loan from the government. Fisker, which was expected to create thousands of new jobs, laid off 75 percent of its workforce earlier this month. How, exactly, does the company expect to pay back its loan when it hasn’t built a car since last summer?

Fisker at one point told the DOE they planned to sell 250,000 karmas by 2015, including 60,000 in both 2011 and 2012 #fisker #fiskerlulz

— Michael Ballaban (@Ballaban) April 24, 2013

An Energy Department email in June 2010 warned that the company was in trouble, but Fisker continued to receive millions in taxpayer money for another year before the assembly line stopped.

Obama was warned in 2010 Fisker failed to meet requirements of $500M government loan. Kept funneling cash until 2011…

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) April 24, 2013

Dept of Energy still gave $32M to green carmaker Fisker even after co failed to meet key production targets in early 2011, says hearing docs

— Amanda Drury (@MandyCNBC) April 24, 2013

SHOCK: WH knew electric car maker Fisker was faltering: AP #tcot #tlot #p2 #Obama

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) April 24, 2013

@sistertoldjah Client of mine’s wife worked for Fisker in the accounting dept. She knew they were failing, but was told shut up or lose job

— Trouble to a ‘T’ (@MarineReconDad) April 24, 2013

Rep. Meadows: Biden is right that #Fisker is writing a new chapter in auto history. “But the chapter is Chapter 7.” #CongressionalComedyHour

— Nick Bunkley (@nickbunkley) April 24, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is not amused.

Issa spitting hot fire at DOE officials during #Fisker hearing…

— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) April 24, 2013

Oversight chairman Issa gets heated at Fisker hearing, says Obama administration stonewalls and “lies through its teeth” on multiple issues

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 24, 2013

“You are a stonewalling administration.” – Issa.

— Aaron Nathans (@anathansnewsman) April 24, 2013

Issa on Fisker: DOE cannot miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. #Fisker

— Michal Conger (@MichalConger) April 24, 2013

Rep Issa: #Fisker investors had major access to White House.

— Cause of Action (@CauseofActionDC) April 24, 2013

Fisker:“Attempts to create an artificial green economy have instead created a ‘house of cards’ economy,” Issa said when A123 went bankrupt

— Rich King (@Buckyworks) April 24, 2013

Henrik Fisker declined to answer questions after hearing; was with handler who declined to give name. “We’ll be in touch,” handler said

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 24, 2013

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There are curves of constant width besides circles and spheres. It’s a convex planar shape whose width is the same regardless of the orientation of the curve


these Curves of Constant Width can also make it possible to drill square holes



These are used in algebra and probability, where it can be used to find Combinations


(It’s a method of folding a flat surface into a smaller volume. It consists of tessellated parallelograms and is used in the solar panels of satellites




A matrix which is formed by turning all the rows of a given matrix into columns and vice-versa. The transpose of matrix A is written AT



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Hey, why is ‘non-partisan’ OFA ‘FACT’ trolling GOP using @BarackObama?

Hey, why is ‘non-partisan’ OFA ‘FACT’ trolling GOP using @BarackObama?!/RBPundit/status/314834060025417728

Hmm? Funny, that. As Twitchy reported, many are wondering why the @BarackObama Twitter feed is still verified now that it is being run by independent (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Organizing for Action. We also want to know why a totally “non-partisan” and “independent” organization is using that feed to troll and blame the GOP. The Twitter feed is trolling once again today.

Troller in Chief! –> RT @keder: This tweet brought to you by non-partisanship:…

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) March 21, 2013

Now with more “FACTS.” Strangely enough, that FACT schtick is one that was used constantly when the account was officially President Obama’s. Curious!

RT if you agree: The Senate GOP should stop trying to tear down environmental progress & pass a clean budget that protects the middle class.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 21, 2013

FACT: Senate Republicans would end tax credits for clean energy like wind and solar—costing American jobs in an industry we need to lead.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 21, 2013

FACT: The Senate GOP would block limits on toxic air pollution that will prevent up to 11,000 deaths and nearly 5,000 heart attacks a year.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 21, 2013


@barackobama Please provide a reference for your #fact

— Conservative Patriot (@con_patriot) March 21, 2013

Twitter users swiftly put the FACT nonsense to rest with, you know, actual facts.

FACT: Global warming is the biggest hoax since @barackobama

— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin(@HarrietBaldwin) March 21, 2013

“Fact”?? RT: FACT: The Sen GOP would let polluters build power plants w/o limits on carbon pollution fueling climate change @barackobama

— Wavering Liberal (@waveringliberal) March 21, 2013

@barackobama FACT – The Senate is under Democrat control. FACT – <- Something this administration is not fond of or…questions. #tcot

— Embrace the Cause (@embracethecause) March 21, 2013

@barackobama We wants jobs, and power plants provide many.Also, the hoax is up, the earths temp goes in cycles.That’s a FACT

— M. Baldwin (@baldwin100) March 21, 2013

@barackobama Fact: The Democrat controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in OVER 3 YEARS

— Drew Watkins (@Drewbear90) March 21, 2013

Facts equal lies in OFA-land, just like in Obama-land. Twitter users want to know something else, though: How can OFA troll the GOP using @BarackObama?

RT @keder: This tweet brought to you by non-partisanship:…

— Brittany Cohan (@bccohan) March 21, 2013

How is it that PACs aren’t allowed to coordinate with candidates, but the President can tweet from OFA’s @barackobama account?

— Matthew DesOrmeaux (@cynicusprime) March 21, 2013

@barackobama Why is a “non-partisan” organization like OFA attacking a single political party? This violates your tax exemption.

— Dan (@NorthDallas30) March 21, 2013

Interesting how “non-partisan” Organizing for America still runs @barackobama‘s Twitter account. #tcot

— Trent (@Travesham) March 21, 2013

Is that it? OFA (which doesn’t even have the name “Obama” in it anymore) can tweet as @barackobama and still call themselves non-partisan?

— RB (@RBPundit) March 21, 2013

@rbpundit @barackobama Good….OFA so closely tied to O will end up embarrssing this president yet. Waiting. With popcorn.

— lisaed (@LisaedLisa) March 21, 2013

Let’s imagine a scenario where a “non-partisan” org tweeted under the name @georgewbush and Bush also tweeted with the same account. #tcot

— RB (@RBPundit) March 21, 2013

BREAKING: Non-partisan PAC tweets using the @georgewbush account, and Bush tweets on it too. #OhWait That’s @barackobama. #tcot #p2

— RB (@RBPundit) March 21, 2013

Surely the media will get right on this. Warning: Don’t hold your breath.


Good question: Should Twitter de-verify @BarackObama?

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Clown Jay Carney: Obama’s social media machine is ‘independent’ from Obama

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