Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bloom Plus Tesla = Half a Billion Dollars of Ratepayer Money

Yes folks between Bloom Energy and Tesla ratepayers for electric service in California are gifting a half billion dollars under the SGIP to these well connected crony companies for pretend green nonsense.

Actually what is even more sad is how wrong the pundits and gurus at the New York Times were who helped all this greenwashing nonsense happen.

I have previously blogged that Thomas Friedman of the New York Times was a thermodynamic neophyte in his claims that Coda and Project Better Place would dominate the automobile space.  Both are now bankrupt.  

I found an article in the NYT from five years ago where Tommy talks utter nonsense about Vinod Kholsa and KR Sridhar, the two thermodynamic jokers who defrauded America.  Vinod is well known for his thermodynamic failures post the Tommy by the Who article.  Yes the same Vinod, Friedman claimed in March 2010 was a guru is being sued by the State of Mississippi for the KIOR for FRAUD.  KR Sridhar is the CEO of Bloomdoggle Energy.

This article Tommy wrote in March 2010 is linked below.  He called it "Dreaming The Possible Dream".  It should now be titled "The Gangrene Nightmare".

The utter nonsense of making cement from CO2 and sea water turned out to be a thermodynamic bust.  The company Calera took money from Peabody Coal and the US DOE and yielded nothing.  The thermodynamic neophyte from Bechtel, Ian Copland, was part of the gangrene hoax.  The biggest hucksters though are Thomas Friedman and his editors at the Times.   They published pure nonsense.   Remember Mathew Wald another reporter from the Times hyped Kior stock.

I suggest that Wald and Friedman both be added to the suit Mississippi has brought against Khosla and his cronies.  Wald and Friedman were simply too ill informed to write about energy and should cover the weather where they are allowed to be completely wrong most of the time.  The New York Times says "all the news that is fit to print".  They should now say "all the Gorey greenwashing that fits our political agenda".

Saturday, March 28, 2015

From Gangrene Scandals To Scandium

The Green Machine is trying to think if he was King of Thermo for a day what would he do to lower Greenhouse Gas emissions?   The best bet would probably to have a global sleep in and simply turn off all machines, cars, lights, TVs and just hide under the covers.  That would be a solution for a day but it would not solve long term needs.

In 2003, I contemplated technologies that I thought would help lower greenhouse gas emissions.  LEDs, LCD TVs and monitors, hybrid cars, electric bicycles, solar photo voltaic, wind, hydro, combined cycle gas fired generation, small nuclear reactors, and lighter stronger materials for building things.   In 2003 I rejected hydrogen and rejected bio fuels as simply being wasteful.    Fast forward to 2015, and the great hopes I had in 2003 are still pretty much spot on.  I still do not believe in Biofuels and I still think the hydrogen highway is hype.

As thermo king for a day my directive to scientists would be to find lighter, stronger, and affordable materials to build cars, trucks, buses, airplanes, and ships out of.   I also would direct material scientists to invent improved battery chemistry over lithium ion.  These two avenues of research will yield great improvement in reducing our global carbon footprint. 

The lighter materials might well be alloys of titanium, aluminum, and maybe scandium.  Yes scandium that is now wasted in Bloom fuel cells could be an important ingredient in alloys with aluminum to yield strong, hard, and weldable metals that replace heavier metals now used in transportation.  I have been told scandium can also play a role in battery chemistry.  I am no expert on scandium but the little I have read is that it could play a role in a greener future.

Scandium is a rare earth metal with atomic number 21.  Russia and Ukraine are major producers of this metal that is hardly used presently.   That will change as there are other scandium deposits around the globe.  

Won’t it be nice if we can move from Scandals to Scandium.   Sammy Sosa wore number 21.  So did Dominique Wilkins, Roger Clemens, Roberto Clemente, and Deion Sanders.  I think we should invest to bring element 21 into the big leagues.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bloom’s Error – Picking IKEA As A Customer

I knew that someday Bloom would find a customer that actually is green.  They and their Kleiner Perkins connected companies like Apple and Google are far from green and the BLOOMDOGGLING to extract ratepayer and taxpayer money served these companies and Bloom Energy very well.

The mistake Bloom made was to find a customer that actually wants to do good for the world.  IKEA is such a customer.  IKEA announced earlier this week they will purchase biogas for a 300 kw Bloom Fuel Cell at the large IKEA store in Emeryville California.  This is a first of a kind project for IKEA that is noted for their sustainability program and their commitment to green energy.  

Bloom fed IKEA the greenwashed data on 1,304 tons of avoided CO2 per year with a 95% total performance factor.   I contacted Mr. Joseph Roth at IKEA and sent him the real data on the reliability of the Bloom Coffins as well as the real data on the actual grid emissions.  Mr. Roth forwarded my emails internally at IKEA.  I know this because he called me this morning to speak with me.  He is now well aware that Bloom Coffins create a solid waste stream with sulfur and that too will be investigated by IKEA.  I told him not to be surprised if IKEA’s CO2 savings are only half of what Bloom promised and that half a ton of solid waste with sulfur is generated at the Emeryville store.

He assured me that IKEA takes sustainability seriously and they will keep a very close eye on what is actually achieved by the Bloom system at their Emeryville site.  I thanked him for the call and thanked him for IKEA actually wanting to be sustainable and green.  If only the myriad other major corporations that have Bloom Coffins had the same honest ecological interest as IKEA, the BLOOMDOGGLE might have ended years ago.  Alas Al Gore in on the board at Apple, and Kleiner Perkins pulls many strings at Google and EBay.   These gangrene companies are just happy to take handouts from ratepayers and taxpayers to lower their energy bills without any desire to lower their CO2 footprint or deal with the proper handling of potentially hazardous solid waste with sulfur.

The BLOOMDOGGLE in California is massive.  From the spreadsheet the CPUC sent me a couple days ago on Tesla and the SGIP, I extracted how much Bloom Energy has grabbed of the SGIP.  They requested $575,673,133 of SGIP money.  They stand to receive $404,046,545 from the SGIP all of which (every last cent) comes directly from ratepayers. 

Bloom and their friends in government and American industry have greenwashed galore like Gore.  Luckily IKEA stands out as a shining green star in the wasteland of the BLOOMDOGGLE. IKEA stands for It's Kleen Energy Afterall.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tesla Applied For $143.6 million of SGIP Money In California

March 26 2015 - I have now confirmed that Tesla did apply for $143,603,293 under the SGIP.  

This makes them the fourth largest applicant under the SGIP after Bloom Energy, Fuel Cell Energy and General Electric.  Bloom Energy made applications of $575,673,155.  FCEL made applications of $256,735,172.  GE Made applications for $174,604,512.  BP Solar applied for $120.4 million.  

March 25 2015 evening -  More breaking news Scott Murtishaw of the CPUC contacted me and now says that Tesla applied for $143.6 million in total under the SGIP.  The sorting in the spreadsheet by the name Tesla was not done correctly.  The CPUC will tell me tomorrow exactly how much was paid to Tesla, how much was cancelled, and how much will be paid.  The original data in the sort of the spreadsheet was incorrect.  I am still falling off my seat that Tesla applied for $143.6 million.  

Remember this is the fund that Bloom Energy also plundered with their false claims of green, reliable, and affordable power.

I had a hunch that Elon Musk was tapping into the SGIP.  

Of course Elon has some explaining to do on his Giga extraction of funds under the SGIP that was intended to support Self Generation of electricity.  SGIP = Self Generation Incentive Program.

This makes Range Anxiety a minor problem.  This is simply deranged government at work to support the COMPLEX.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Green Leveen Vs. Gangrene Namesakes

This blog will prove 3 out 4 people with the same sounding last name are thermodynamically challenged if not thick as bricks.

You all know me as Leveen The Green Machine, the lover of thermodynamics and defender of the second law until the universe is no more.  I have discovered three “operatives” who go by a same sounding last name.  They are Alan Levin, Jaimie Levin, and Marc Levine.  I will now dissect their incompetence in thermodynamics as they are all willing participants in the now famous BLOOMDOGGLE.  All are civil servants or elected officials.  All take or took a paycheck from we the people.

Starting with Alan Levin who is the Director of Economic Development for Delaware.  He sits on Governor Markell’s cabinet and he executed documents bringing the Bloom Energy BLOOMDOGGLE to Delaware.  This gives him a title of Grand Wizard of Bloomdoggling as the Delaware deal is probably the most corrupt deal Al Gore’s company concocted.  Natural Gas from shale in Pennsylvania is deemed “renewable”.  The price paid for power to Bloom exceeds PV or wind power by 42% and exceeds the price of grid power by 300%.  The Bloom Coffins use more natural gas than is permitted.  And there are many tons a year of unpermitted solid waste with sulfur that is probably hazardous created in the protected coastal zone of Delaware.  Markell and Levin as well as O’Mara who resigned his post as the head of the Delaware EPA need to be brought to justice.  O’Mara is out of office the other two (Markell and Levin) need to be removed from office.

Next is Jaimie Levin, an urban planner turned busboy.  This thermodynamic neophyte concocted the $87 million AC Transit  BLOOMDOGGLE in Oakland California for 12 hydrogen fuel cell buses that hardly go anywhere and enriched Bloom Energy.   I have blogged how almost 90% of the precious energy in biogas is wasted to make Al Gore and his cronies a buck.  Actually millions of bucks.  Jaimie no longer works at AC Transit he now is trying to spread the BLOOMDOGGLE to dozens of other transit agencies around the country with his “work” at CTE the Center for Transportation and the Environment.  I think CTE stands for Continuing The Entropy.

Last is California Assemblyman Marc Levine who pretends to represent us in Sacramento.  He actually is a latecomer to the BLOOMDOGGLE as his predecessor Jared Huffman did the heavy lifting for Bloom in Sacramento with the disgraced SGIP program.  Levine’s big mistake is that he is owned by John Scully an operative in the shale oil business.  Scully and his wife gave the freshman Assemblyman over $100,000 to buy him.  Scully pumped and dumped a stock called Quicksilver Resources.  Quicksilver Resources declared bankruptcy this week and I have asked Assemblyman Levine to return the contributions to the Scully family.

So now we know three out of four with a last name that sounds like mine are either thermodynamic fools or worse are part of the Complex.  I tell you all being the only Green Leveen is pretty tough when the likes of Al Gore, John Doerr, and Colin Powell are busily extracting billions for BLOOMDOGGLES.

A couple days ago a freelance journalist named Katie Fahrenbacher wrote an article in Fortune about attending a presentation made by the CEO of Bloom Energy.  She wondered about their IPO and why the CEO was so cagey.

Katie has been told by me that the CEO sidestepped as he knows we are onto his thermodynamic fraud.  Katie was told that the BLOOMDOGGLE is coast to coast and includes investors in New Zealand, Alberta, and Europe.  Scully is a minor player in energy scams with Quickbucksilver.  Gore, Doerr, Powell, and Sridhar are the real greenwashers and big players.  You all should note that Gore, Doerr, Powell, and Sridhar have major roles at Kleiner Perkins that claimed this week that Ellen Poa did not have the “personality” to be a senior partner in the firm.  Well maybe Ellen Poa has morals and scruples!   I don’t think Ellen will wind up at AC Transit, be an Assembly Person in Sacramento, or be the Director of Economic Development of a corrupt state.  Maybe she will be the first to get tens of millions from Kleiner Perkins.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pi and Wife In Counseling

This cartoon is brilliant

Friday, March 13, 2015

Is It Over For Tesla in California?

This is a pretty interesting link on Tesla reorganizing its sales force.

Of particular interest is the following paragraph.

“The sales operations have faced challenges in key markets. Sales in California, historically Tesla’s strongest market, fell 27 percent last year to 6,110 cars, according to data from the California New Car Dealers Association. And Tesla recently cut staff in China, where research from JL Warren Capital LLC shows that just 2,500 Model S sedans were registered last year.”

Wow a 27% drop in sales volume in California between 2013 and 2014.   The plug in space is getting crowded and BMW will continue to take customers away from Tesla.

In China the big problem is folks don’t have garages in their homes to recharge the cars.  Tesla is basically a non-starter in most of China and has to do the battery swap idea will have more capital tied up in spare battery packs.   I think Elongate will focus on the grid storage business and will never deliver the People’s Tesla.  He should raise the price of the Model S and the Model X and remain a niche player in the auto industry.  Nice car but a crappy business. 

I do believe the laws of thermodynamics dictate a further drop in Tesla’s share price.  The only good think about Tesla stock soaring and the press thinking Elongate was the next Edison is that this kept Al Gore out of the press for a while.   Al Gore was talking his nonsense at SXSW in Austin, Texas this week.  South By South West is an interactive festival. 

No doubt Big Al did not fly Southwest Airlines to get to Austin even though the airline has 9 flights a day from Reagan National in DC to Austin.  Yes Al Makes his money in DC through his connections and the last thing he wants are any connecting flights.  He just wants to go nonstop in his Lear jet bringing all the cash he creamed from the department of entropy and fools who still believe him.   Elongate had better start selling some Teslas or he too could end up back in coach on a $69 Southwest flight between Oakland and Reno to visit the remains of his giggle factory.  I wonder if Bono told Elonfate to give it up.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Selma and Sand Hill Road

It was 50 years ago today that Bloody Sunday happened in Selma Alabama.   My wife asked me the question on why have attitudes not really changed in fifty years whereas cars, computers, televisions, cameras, telephones have improved so much?  The simple answer to her question is that the greed and fear of people are as they were when we were all living in caves.   The complex answer to her question is as follows:

While we all think we live in a country of equal opportunity and where “they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character”, we simply do not live in that utopia.   The complex answer actually has to with the Complex.  Yes, the Military Industrial Congressional Complex.

The Complex is far more entrenched in owning and running America in 2015 than it was in 1965.   The disparity in wages between the CEO and the workers is far greater in 2015 than it was in 1965.   President Eisenhower warned in 1961 of the Complex.  Martin Luther King Jr. had dreams in 1963 and marched in 1965.  The Complex had more than dreams; they had the power and used it to get even more power.

The Complex actually is no longer lily white as it was in 1965; instead, it is now a global Complex of all shades.  And, its basic operation remains the same: the sinister control of elected officials, unelected officials, and civil servants to extract as much wealth as they can from the rest of mankind.   The complex has gone beyond the color of the skin and as long as the content of your character is sinister you are welcomed into the Complex.   Colin Powell, Condi Rice, and Vinod Khosla all have non-white skins.  Yet, they are members of the Complex, together with Halliburton, Walmart, Al Gore, John Doerr, Jamie Diamon, Dick Cheney, and the Clintons.  Eisenhower would never have thought Algeria and the Saudis would fund a former president’s foundation to the tune of millions.  But this is what has happened.  The global Complex at work.  The Clintons at work.

Martin Luther King Jr. is far above this all.  He is still a beacon of hope and Selma is the bridge to hope.  What is needed is that the people simply don’t take nonsense anymore.  The people in Ferguson were wrong to accuse just one officer for premeditated murder, but were 100% right to demand justice and an honest police force and municipal court system.   Attorney General Holder was eloquent and brilliant, and I applaud him and his department.   Unfortunately, his boss is beholden to the Complex and is part of the Complex.  

Both Doerr and Khosla have hosted to the president to dinners, to bend his ears and to raise money for him and his party.  Doerr and Khosla have extracted hundreds of millions of dollars of our money with fake green science, gangrene, technology and fake green promises.  Doerr and Khosla are no different than the cops in Selma Alabama 50 years ago or the police force and municipal court in Ferguson today.  They have this arrogant attitude that they are always correct, know better than all, have power, and are entitled to extract fortunes for fraudulent gangrene junk.  

I intend to ask the next US AG to investigate the DOJ of Delaware and the entire State Government in Delaware on the BLOOMDOGGLE.  The BLOOMDOGGLE is a daily bank robbery of over $100,000 each and every day in Delaware from the poor ratepayers of DELMARVA Power.  The BLOOMDOGGLE is orchestrated by Al Gore, Colin Powell, and John Doerr.   They promised clean, reliable, and affordable power.  Instead, they delivered dirty, unreliable, and exorbitantly expensive power.   They screwed the poor ratepayers of DELMARVA Power.  The police force and municipal court in Ferguson promised to obey the constitution.  The sad reality is that they delivered corrupt government.

If Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, he would be saddened to see the State of our Union.  Racist cops still use dogs on people of color, and the multicolored Complex have leashes and collars around the necks of our government officials, from the First State all the way to the Yellowhammer State.  Interesting that Alabama is the Yellowhammer state and Sulfur is yellow.  My hope is that people of all color really focus on the content of the character of those who lead us and whom we elect.  If Hillary Clinton is nominated for her party to be their candidate for president, I would say she does not deserve the job based on the content of her character.  I do believe that Martin Luther King Junior looked down on Eric Holder two days ago and was proud of  Holder’s eloquent and frank speech, that exonerated the one officer doing his job, and yet indicted the entire Ferguson police force and municipal court for systematically depriving  people of their civil rights.

There is no fundamental difference between the State Government of Delaware and its DOJ and the police force and municipal court in Ferguson.  They all methodically deprive common folks of their civil rights.  Stephen Hawking said “we are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star but, we can understand the Universe.  That makes us “something special.”   Folks, we are special; we want social, economic, and environmental justice for all the monkeys on this minor planet.   We understand the Universe and the Complex. 

The simple answer may be that it was far easier to understand how to make microelectronic chips or to make cars, computers, TVs, and phones better than it is to stop human greed and fear.  The complex answer is that Complex does not want a society based upon the contents of one’s character unless of course one shares the same sinister desire to subjugate people.   If we rid ourselves of the Complex, the answer again will be simple: that we are all special and we understand the Universe.   Stephen Hawking also said “entropy increases in time as we measure time in the direction entropy increases.”  I would rephrase this that “The Complex increases in time as we measure time in the direction that the Complex increases.”   Let’s call a total time out on who is running the show.  It is We The People!!!

Let’s pause for a moment and remember Selma.  Then, let’s end all BLOOMDOGGLES and crimes against humanity and nature, all the way from Selma to Sand Hill Road.  Sand Hill Road is the Selma of 2015.

No Growth In EV Sales In The US

Tons of hoopla in the press about how EVs are taking to roads, but sadly the facts do not bear this out.  For the first two months of 2015 sales of cars with and electrical plug to charge them are down very slightly from the first two months of 2014. 12,660 vehicles were sold in 2015 versus 12,740 in 2014.

Only BMW and Ford had sales gains, while the others including Tesla are suffering death by a thousand cuts in current flow.   The CEO at Tesla had to put out a statement that his giggle factory near Reno is still progressing on schedule even though the electrician union that will help build the factory reported only 20% of the expected electrician jobs had materialized.  Perhaps Harry Reid but never Right who helped steer the project to Nevada can find out if Elon Musk is hiring non-union electricians and construction workers?

Meanwhile Dr. Moniz is reporting that gasoline consumption in the ignited states has increase 5.2% in the first two months of 2015 over the same period a year ago.

Dr. Moniz will be three for three in increasing CO2 emissions in the USA.  He entered office in 2013 and CO2 emissions increased in his first year heading the department of entropy, there was an increase in 2014, and there will be an increase in 2015.  Dr. Moniz loves baseball and he should know three strikes you are out.   I wonder if he has his own mail server in his basement or he has a email address?  

Dr. Moniz posted that he is working with John Kerry will to keep us safe and assure the world the Iranians will make electrons from their yellow cake.   Bloom Energy makes electrons together with yellow cake from natural gas.  Their yellow cake is the solid waste with sulfur that they finally admitted to generating from pipeline natural gas.   I am honing in on the quantity of solid waste with sulfur that Bloom produces but never permitted in Delaware and this quantity is estimated to 100,000 pounds a year at the Red Lion site in the protected coastal zone.

Talking of the BLOOMDOOGLE, I have challenged one Jaimie Levin who once headed the AC Transit fuel cell bus program to a public debate.  I found out this week that Mr. Levin has left AC Transit after wasting $87.6 million on the AC Transit BLOOMDOGGLE.  Like Collin O’Mara the cabinet secretary in Deal Away that issued Bloom the permit for the Red Lion site, Jaimie Levin now has a job in a greener pasture.   Levin now works at CTE - The Center for Transportation and the Environment.  I doubt Mr. Levin will take me on in a debate as he studied Urban Planning and I studied thermodynamics and know quite a bit more about the Hope or Hype of Hydrogen.

If EV sales are dismal the much hyped fuel cell car sales will be far worse.   I am hoping Apple does the iTransporter and sells us chauffeured miles.  Hudson sold a Commodore car.  Commodore sold the first personal computer.  Maybe the iTransporter will be the Apple Commodore?  I hope it is not the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Tale Of Two Transportation Authorities

It is March 2013 and the politicians are handing out money for green nonsense like the money is candy.  There are two Transportation Agencies located in the San Franscisco Bay Area.  AC Transit the bunch of fools and crooks I have written about several times, and VTA the Valley Transportation Agency.

In March 2013 AC Transit commissioned the Bloom Coffins for their Hydrogen BLOOMDOGGLE with great fanfare.

On March 29, 2013 Michael T Burns the General manager of the Valley Transporation Authority (VTA) kills the Bloom project that  three members of Congress tried to force upon the VTA.  These three Congressional fools from the Military Industrial Congressional Complex who were doing the work for Al Gore, John Doerr, and Colin Powell were Lofgren, Eshoo, and Honda.  All three are Democrats who believe that the Bloom Coffins are green.

CNN has reported on the Tale of Two Dresses.  Actually it is one dress that some see as Gold and White while others see as Black and Blue.   The three congresspersons and the entire staff of AC Transit see gangrene as green.  Not because they are color blind it is because they are owned by the Military Industrial Congressional Complex and Al Gore and his cronies pull their strings.

The color changing dress is actually quite brilliant while the Bloom Coffin is simply a gangrene greenwashed scam.  Here is the CNN piece on the color changing dress.

If you really want to cry about politicians and MICC operatives bending over backwards to help Bloom execute their greenwashed lies look at this video Bloom is proud to use when recruiting engineers.  Senator Feinstein and Mayor Bloomberg have great roles in the launching of the BLOOMDOGGLE.   The CEO of Bloom reminds me of a snake charmer.  He makes a gangrene sulfur filled poisonous cobra pretend to be a Smooth Green Snake that is harmless.