Harry Reid Is Back At It… Helps Chinese Solar Firm Represented By His Son

In December 2010 it was revealed that top democrats, including Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), helped a Chinese firm get stimulus cash for a wind farm. Top Democratic fundraisers with links to the White House were behind a proposed wind farm in Texas that stood to get $450 million in stimulus money, even though a Chinese company would operate the farm and its turbines would be built in China. The farm’s backers also had close ties with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his campaign received thousands of dollars in donations from the wind farm’s backers.


Three weeks before Election Day, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., center, arrives for the dedication of a wind farm in Henderson, Nev., on Oct. 12, 2010. With him are, second from left, Kai Huang, deputy mayor of Shenyang, China; Jinxiang Lu, second from right, chairman and CEO of A-Power Energy Generation Systems, a Chinese company, and Tom Conway, right, international vice president of the United Steelworkers union. Reid’s support, and the plan to create jobs in Nevada, helped blunt congressional criticism that stimulus money was going to the Chinese company, which also plans a large wind farm in West Texas. The company is hoping to receive money through the U.S. Energy Department. (MSNBC)

Well, Harry Reid is back at it.
This time he’s helping out a Chinese solar firm that is represented by his son.
Las Vegas Review-Journal reported:

Say this about U.S. Sen. Harry Reid: He really believes in renewable energy.

Reid has beat up NV Energy pretty good in recent years. In the closing days of the George W. Bush administration, Reid blocked plans to build coal-fired power plants in Nevada. He said in April on the “Nevada Newsmakers” show, “I don’t think NV Energy has done enough to allow renewable energy to thrive.”

But that same month, NV Energy reported it had exceeded its state-imposed green-energy requirement of 15 percent by purchasing 16.7 percent of its power from renewable sources. And that was in spite of the Public Utilities Commission rejecting a handful of renewable contracts in July 2011, saying the company hadn’t justified the purchases were necessary to meet its quota.

Now Reid is pushing for a Chinese company he played a key role in recruiting to Nevada, ENN Mojave Energy LLC. The company plans a billion-dollar solar energy manufacturing and generating plant near Laughlin, but an ambitious development schedule is being threatened by a lack of green power customers.

Steve Tetreault quoted Reid in Tuesday’s Review-Journal saying the project “would start tomorrow if NV Energy would purchase the power,” but the company “has not been willing to work on this and that’s such a shame.”

Reid added: “NV Energy is a regulated monopoly. They control 95 percent of all the electricity that is produced in Nevada and they should go along with this.”

They’re not, at least not yet.

And there are some legitimate reasons: Power costs are passed directly to consumers, and green energy currently costs more than power generated by coal-fired or natural-gas burning plants. State law mandates NV Energy buy power as cheaply as possible, except when it’s required to buy more-expensive green energy to meet state-mandated quotas. But the more green energy you buy, the higher bills climb.

NV Energy has already met its quota, and the PUC has already turned the company down when it proposed contracts that would have exceeded quotas. And when the company does buy power – which it plans to do next in 2014 – it does so by analyzing competitive bids.

Reid says those weak excuses. He said in that April interview that if “NV Energy wanted to do more with renewable energy, they could.”

There’s another factor, however, one more personal to Reid: His son, Rory Reid, is one of the attorneys for the ENN Mojave Energy project. A Reid spokeswoman said the senator did not suggest Reid’s firm – Lionel, Sawyer & Collins – to ENN, nor has the elder Reid spoken to this son about the deal.

But he’s a Democrat so don’t expect the media to say much about this obvious scandal.

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  • Granny

    Why are CHINESE companies being allowed to develop energy resources in the United States of America – and given federal dollars to do so – when AMERICAN energy companies are being put out of business by over-regulation?

    And since when is this action by Dirty Harry not conflict of interest?

  • southernsue

    we have to clean house and senate of these horrible, anti-American commies, called democrats.

    they have no loyalty to our country.

    if you live in the blue states as i do, you will understand that these people don’t care about our great country, they are not taught any loyalty, except to the unions.

  • xiphos

    For generations, far too many of our elected officials have been corrupted by power (greed). If they were imprisoned for their action and then paroled for good behavior(?), it wouldn’t take long before they returned to their power grabbing schemes.
    Rope, tree, politician ………. assembly required.

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  • Observer

    These SOB’s are robbing us blind. They’re blatantly corrupt, and absolutely shameless about it. And they’d never get away with half the stuff they do if we had a media that wasn’t acting as the PR arm of the Democratic party.

  • Finncrisp

    NV got what they wished for. They had the choice between a flawed Tea Party candidate and this toad. They picked the toad. Who’s sorry now?

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  • P. Aaron

    The same Harry Reid who wanted to burn Chinese made US Olympic uniforms?

  • StrangernFiction

    This is beneath the dignity of his office. /s

  • Earthmover

    No matter the issue, Democrats always seem to do whatever could be the most
    idiotic. Why the people cannot see is bewildering.

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  • BarbaraS

    We’ve all known Harry Reid is a crook and liar for a long time with his land deals, etc.. This is just another in a long list of crimes against us. Evidently Nevada doesn’t care. They keep sending this POS to Washington to batten down on the rest of us.

  • BarbaraS

    #9

    Nothing is beneath the dignity of a democrat intent on acquiring cash under the table at our expense.

  • Rachelle

    More crime than scandal. He belongs in prison…then there’s that pederasty thing everyone keeps hearing about.

  • snap boy

    Supposedly Solyndra et al went bankrupt because they couldn’t compete with low labor costs in China. Either minimum wages will not apply to US-based employees of A-Power to level the playing field or the company will receive dishonestly devised subsidies from taxpayers/rate payers. Harry Reid is dirty.

  • Robodog7

    Yet another example of “Crony Socialism” by a corrupt politician. Harry should be tar & feathered then put on trial for his many crimes.

  • befuddled

    Stop Reid’s Reign of Terror on the economy. He is as bat sh!t crazy as Pelosi and the rest of those wacko Democrats. Even worse, he is more crooked than a pretzel. California and Pelosi deserve each other. Arizona and Reid deserve each other. The rest of the country doesn’t. Crazy is not a fiscal policy. It’s a mental illness.

    At least Romney wants to create jobs for Americans. Reid and Obama want to create more jobs and opportunities for their Chinese bosses.

  • bg

    ++

    OT..

    August 6, 2012

    Pulling at the Thread: The Ever-Changing Narrative of Barack Obama

    [Though I have not seen them, I can guarantee you that
    nothing on Romney’s tax returns caused anyone’s death.

    The left clamors for candidates to be an open book. They look upon
    Romney’s wealth as a electoral weak-spot on which to focus, because
    in Obama’s America, “success” is a dirty word. Romney has released
    the tax returns required. He has assured us he has paid his taxes,
    but not more than that which is required. He also donates almost as
    much money to charities as he pays in taxes, but that is not discussed.
    Instead, we are left with an asinine discussion and baseless, hearsay
    accusations by a backroom-dealing senator. If the left ever wants to
    gets serious about getting to know the truth behind candidates, then
    they should start by playing catch-up and begin vetting the incumbent,
    which they should have done 4 years ago. When this sketchy, radical,
    race-baiting, mudslinging embodiment of dirty Chicago politics finally
    comes clean, then we can have a discussion about the ins and outs
    of Romney’s taxes. Until that day, however, those in glass houses
    should not throw stones.]

    ==

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  • cal rifkin

    I still can’t fathom why anyone would vote for the guy. What were the Nevada voters thinking? Even Angle would’ve been better.

  • MN Jim

    Ditto to #14 Rachelle. Why isn’t Reid in jail?

  • owl

    As #12 said, we have all known little harry was a crook. The Scoopers have sat on all his dirt piles for a long time.

    These crooks do not take all the money themselves but spread it around to the family to hide. Look at Conners, Pelosi and ole Maxine. But this major larson story can only go so far because Scoopers put these to bed a long time ago.

    We need to go on offense and counter the MAJOR Dem/Pooper Campaign that is coming. I really do believe this is major that has a full script of players practicing their lines. They will have documents, memos and witnesses.

    We need Sen Mitch McConnell to take to the Senate floor and discuss the charges brought to him by a longtime law enforcement officer. NOT where Obama was born but an alleged FORGERY. Law enforcement investigated and this was brought to him.

    We must take this directly to Obama. NO birther issue. Remember they got Libby on supposed lying, not on leaking.

  • owl

    They may go silent for a month or so, but it is coming. Even swarmy harry would not put his neck out that far. Fight.

  • bg

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    re: Rory

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    Local Area Unemployment Statistics

    Nevada 11.6%(p) in Jun 2012

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  • Mick

    Harry Reid IS a wind farm. From both ends.

  • Geoff

    1. Subsidies are guilty until proven innocent and, so far, energy subsidies are among the worst.
    2. There is something bizarre about subsidizing jobs in China for a product that Chinese companies ship all over the world, but use almost none of at home. The Chinese are very fond of coal but not of solar.
    3. It’s worse than fishy when your son has financial ties to companies whose fortunes turn on your vote in the Senate and on your ability to coerce others’ votes.
    4. Harry Reid is not in jail because prison officials hope the inmates have some chance at rehabilitation; his presence would corrupt them even more.

  • bg

    ++

    August 6, 2012

    Understanding How Harry Reid Is Fine With Telling Bald Faced Lies
    About Romney’s Taxes: It’s Not About What’s True; It’s About Who’s
    On Offense

    “One of the things you’ll learn in dealing with the professional Left is that
    they have absolutely no ethics whatsoever when it comes to dealing with
    conservatives. They’re perfectly content to smear us, lie about us, or silence
    us in any way that they can get away with. It’s very much an “end justifies
    the means” mentality. Most conservatives who are used to dealing with the
    Left, understand this on an instinctive level. However, they still sometimes
    miss the big picture.

    …To liberals, it isn’t about truth or the facts, it’s about who’s on offense. If
    you understand that, you start to understand how the game of politics is
    really played at the highest levels.”
    John Hawkins, Jan 18, 2011]

    ==

  • l.barney

    How can this guy be re-elected to anything? Hanging with Chinese gov’t people will get you burned Harry!

  • coolidgerules

    Well, who the hell do you think is going to have unfettered access to coal, NG, and oil that we aren’t drilling? Who do we owe the most money to? Who has 900 million people that live on $3 a day and need to keep “in-line”? Think that our energy reserves would be a nice repayment for the trillions we owe them? Just a theory.

  • valerie

    Harry Reid is sleazy, and it reflects badly on BO – says Richard Cohen, of the Washington Post.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/harry-reids-gutter-politics/2012/08/06/b3546bfe-dfcf-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_blog.html

    yes, that’s a B.F.D.

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  • Patty
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  • Tom Robertson

    I heard Harry is going to kill some ranchers so that his son can get the commision on the little ugly Chinese Solar deal.

  • Poi Ball

    Wonder who got the commission on this sale?

    “While the acreage had an appraised value between $28 and $36 million, the sale price was negotiated down to $4.5 million.Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/harry-reids-nevada-family-values-14436/#yRoaPw0tF0CdMDh0.99