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The Rockefellers and the Renewable Special Interest Swamp

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Among the special interests of the Rockefellers are major investments in renewables and those investments are dependent on government edicts and cronyism.

We’ve been documenting for years how the Rockefellers and other gentry class special interests are manipulating government. They do so through their foundation investments in politics. It is a scam of major proportions that is yet to be exposed. Bits and pieces keep coming out, though. We do some of it here but others are involved as well. Among them is the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute, which just put out a report entitled The Rockefeller Way: The Family’s Covert ‘Climate Change’ Plan. A reader sent it along. While we take no position here on climate change other than to say natural gas is the obvious solution to reducing carbon emissions, it is quite revealing.

The background story is nothing new to us, of course. Just use our search button above to see how much we’ve written on that subject. What is new is the revelation of some of the special interest investments made by the Rockefellers. Those investments are a window into the world of renewables special interests and the swamp (to use a popular word these days) they’ve become.


Shady Oaks Wind Farm, a Mainstream Renewable Power project in Illinois

What got my attention in the report was this tidbit:

Not surprisingly, the Rockefellers are heavily invested in renewable energy. In July 2016, RBF provided $10 million to Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a company that expands renewable energy in Africa. “Of the fund’s $816 million under management, about $97.5 million have gone to so-called “Impact Investments” including its stake in Mainstream as well as positions in vehicles like the New Energy Capital Infrastructure Credit Fund.”

I decided to check it out and quickly found the company website and a news release about the African investment. I also found this 2009 news release about wind projects the company was planning in Illinois. It briefly mentions a 200 MW Boone County project that was then “at earlier development stages.” More Googling later I found another news story from September of this year indicating the following:

A plan to bring wind farms to Boone County has been shelved indefinitely, according to the renewable energy company behind the project.

In a letter sent to residents who agreed to lease farmland for wind turbines, Chicago-based Mainstream Renewable Power says a more-restrictive county ordinance approved last year makes it too difficult to move forward with the six-year project.

Spurred by the concerns of some residents, the Boone County Board in November approved a change in the ordinance, which now requires wind turbines to be located at least 2,640 feet – or 5.5 times the height of the turbine tower – from a property line. Previously, the setback was 1,000 feet from a residence.

The County Board vote came after years of debate about whether wind farms should become a permanent part of the county landscape. Supporters said wind farms would boost the county economy, while expanding its tax base and creating renewable energy. Detractors said turbines would hurt property values, be noisy and be harmful to nearby residents’ health…

Resident David Cleverdon pushed for the more-restrictive ordinance because he fears the potential negative effects of large wind turbines dotting the rural landscape. He said he’s pleased with the company’s decision to walk away from the project.

“It’s a positive for the county and a positive for people in north Boone County, and a responsible thing for (Mainstream Renewable Power) to do,” he said. “I appreciate they realize this is not a good place to construct a wind farm. It’s unfortunate it took this long to convince them.”

“Wind turbines are effective. They’re green energy; it’s renewable energy,” Randall said. “They’re all over the country. Here, they determined they were going to be a problem. At this point, it just appears it’s a done deal.”

Christopher Dorman, the company’s development project manager, did not return calls seeking comment.

This is the real story with renewables. Believers in renewable energy too often don’t want them in their backyards. As I’ve related here before, I know what it’s like to stand before 200 people angry about a wind project. I’ve been there. How well I remember the academic from the Columbia University staff who motored up to Delaware County, New York to launch into one frantic tirade after another about the evils of “industrial” wind towers in his second-home neighborhood. Yes, that Columbia, the one funded by the Rockefellers to attack oil and gas and promote renewables.

The truth is that renewables projects, however good they might be, invariably run into buzzsaws of opposition. The hearings consist of one true believer after another marching to the front of the room to proclaim they’re absolutely committed to clean energy but not this project. Instead, we are led to believe this one would be worse than a plague of locusts consuming everything in their path.

It happens over and over, which puts the lie to Tony Ingraffea’s contention New York can easily go 100% renewable energy. This is why New York State has already given wind projects special protection from over-the-top local laws like Boone County’s that would unnecessarily restrict such development. Home rule is thrown to the wind you see, when it comes to government-picked winners.


Renewables projects in which folks such as the Rockefellers are invested (and it’s hard not to imagine the family itself isn’t invested in the same things as it foundations) demand that sort of cronyism and favoritism. Albany is as much of a swamp as Washington. Indeed, it’s filthier, as we shown here many times. Renewables only compete in places such as New York where they’re handed subsidies, edicts to use them and special protections from regulation. That’s why the Rockefellers spend so much money advocating for these and against oil and gas. “Home rule for you but not for me” is the companion program for “your backyard and not mine” and “natural gas for me but windmills for you.” It’s also why Tony Ingraffea said this recently:

“New York has ample resources to do a complete transition to renewable energy in our lifetimes,” he said. “And it just takes a little bit more political will.”

There are many words to describe what Tony suggests. “Bullying” comes to mind. So does “tyranny.” No doubt the Rockefellers were pleased, as they like throwing their weight around and Tony just cleared the way forward. It’s just a matter of “political will,” he says – make them do it, if the carrots aren’t enough. This is how the swamp works; once you’ve stepped in it, you have to keep moving or you’ll sink into the mud and the suction will trap you. The Rockefellers love mud and pay for a lot of it. They’re determined not to let what happened in Boone County, Illinois, happen in New York. They’ve got investments to protect, after all, and one of them is Mainstream Renewable Power.

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One thought on “The Rockefellers and the Renewable Special Interest Swamp

  1. Nice to see some of the harsh realities of technology and people break through to bite these pigs with their heads in the public-money trough!

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