More Obama Climate Giveaways: $30 Million Grant to Jamaica

Montigo Bay, Jamaica.

Montigo Bay, Jamaica. By D Ramey Logan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Jamaica Gleaner reports that Jamaica has just received a $30 Million under the US Clean Energy Finance Facility, to pay for legal, consultancy and engineering costs for a new renewables project.

Jamaica Gets First Grant Under US Clean Energy Finance Facility

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the first grant through the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA), to help develop a 37 megawatt solar farm in Westmoreland.

CEFF-CCA will provide support to Rekamniar Capital Limited, the project developer, to partner with independent power producer Neoen on forming the Eight Rivers Energy Company, which will build the solar facility, according to a release from the US embassy in Kingston.

The purpose of the grant is to support selected legal, consulting and engineering costs in late stage project development, it said.

US President Barack Obama launched CEFF-CCA on April 9, 2015. The programme seeks to encourage private sector investment in clean-energy projects in the Caribbean and Central America.

Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20170101/jamaica-gets-first-grant-under-us-clean-energy-finance-facility

Does anyone think this $30 million grant to assist the Jamaican renewables legal process will deliver any value to the Jamaican people, other than a few well connected bureaucrats? But cancelling the grant will stir up diplomatic trouble for President Trump. Diplomatic trouble with Jamaica could impede joint efforts to stamp out drug smuggling into the USA.

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181 thoughts on “More Obama Climate Giveaways: $30 Million Grant to Jamaica

  1. Trump shouldn’t even care about that piddling amount of cash- just NOT give them any more. That $30 million will vanish into the ether and accomplish less than nothing beyond lining pockets.

    • Let Soros give $30M to Greenpiece and let Greenpiece give the money for the project.
      US taxpayers are off the hook and Soros gets to be the good guy.
      What’s not to like?

      • Since the money is earmarked as Legal Fund and engineering costs, some will go into engineering firm coffers for figuring out how to design and build the facility but most of it will go into lawyers pockets. Zero will go to the cost of building and maintaining any power production facilities so zero benefit to end users

    • Perhaps, but just look at what happens to a taxpayer citizen who makes a simple error on their tax returns. Watch how the government will rationalize a reason to make an example of the unfortunate citizen.

    • Re-purpose the loan to assist in building a coal plant to boost their energy infrastructure. Cheaper electricity will win him more good will than anything else.

  2. All Trump needs to do is get a law though congress making it a requirement of all aid being the complete and open disclosure of where every cent goes, and into whose pocket.

    Along with guidelines canceling any aid that gets diverted from its’ intended task and cancellation of future aid for a period if aid is misused.

    • “All Trump needs to do is get a law though congress making it a requirement of all aid being the complete and open disclosure of where every cent goes”

      Needed in the UK too. Also, the need to check where the funding of NGO lobbying groups comes from. If it’s the same place that will benefit then consider the lobbying invalid.

    • The article sez: “The purpose of the grant is to support selected legal, consulting and engineering costs in late stage project development”

      Lawyers and consultants can blow through $30 million without breaking a sweat.

    • “All Trump needs to do is get a law though congress making it a requirement of all aid being the complete and open disclosure of where every cent goes, and into whose pocket.”

      I’m betting there will be a lot of $10,000 toilet seats, hammers, etc.

      • Just because something sounds expensive, doesn’t mean it’s a rip off.
        The toilet seat that is often mentioned as an example of fraud, was designed to go into a submarine. It was stainless steel, water tight, came with clamps and had to withstand almost 100 lbs/in sq of pressure. It wasn’t a Wal-mart special.
        The coffee pot that is often mentioned was designed to go into a bomber. It had to be able to pressurize itself in order to make coffee, because the atmospheric pressure in the bomber was well below sea level.
        The hammer was an example of billing. In older contracts, instead of including the cost of negotiating a contract as a seperate line item, that cost was evenly divided amongst all the separate items listed in the contract.

        I’m not saying that there is no waste in military contracts. What I am saying is that you need to understand what you are criticizing if you want to reduce actual waste instead of just sounding like you are whining.

  3. As the maintenance won’t be paid for this will soon be a white elephant. Like tractors to Africa.

    So why not invest in R&D in Jamaica? They aren’t blessed with fossil fuels so why not try and find a reliable, renewable energy source?

    This could be spent setting up a wavepower test bed.

    It will still break down but the knowledge gained would be a saleable asset for Jamaica.
    No-one needs a few dusty solar panels and squeaky wind turbines.

      • Don’t worry to much about if waves are big enough or long enough to suffice, Since 2000 Jamaica has been visited by no less than 15 hurricanes with at least 3 being cat. 2 or greater and several being direct hits. Several years saw 3 hurricanes in a season. Those SOLAR Panels will become SOLAR Sails quickly enough and wave action will be inconsistent

    • exactly…last year Jamaica almost had to file bankruptcy..debt was ~150% of GDP

      They can’t afford this…or afford to maintain it

    • Why are US taxpayers giving them any money (I mean other than to line the aforementioned pockets)?

      Jamaicans look happy; they aren’t starving…and they have lots of ganja.

      Did they even ask for $30,000,000?

    • “No-one needs a few dusty solar panels and squeaky wind turbines.”

      Are you aware of the fact that one of the benefits of the new “green” economy is a huge number of rewarding and high paying jobs for solar panel squeegee boys (and girls) and wind mill oilers.

    • I gather that the $30M will not be building anything. So maintenance shouldn’t be a problem.

    • I’ve read about experiments trying to take advantage of the temperature differences between surface water and deep water. The most recent was near Hawaii.

  4. “I say, I say, I say; my wife has gone to the West Indies!”

    “Jamaica?”

    “No, she went of her own accord”

  5. ” …. will produce some of the lowest cost electricity ….. ”
    So why does it need a grant, then?

    But a guid new year tae aw wur readers and lang may yer lums reek. (In other words, keep burning the coal.)

  6. “Does anyone think this $30 million grant to assist the Jamaican renewables legal process will deliver any value to the Jamaican people, other than a few well connected bureaucrats?”

    BINGO! That’s exactly where that $30mil will go.

  7. It is worse than you think because the federal government will have to borrow that $30mil. I estimate that the money the federal government is borrowing today will end up costing the tax payers more than 12 times the amount borrowed to repay over the next 180 years. So to us tax payers it is in excess of $360mil.

    • We don’t even bother to borrow any more. The Fed just invents a trillion bucks a year. Who would lend us money?

      Americans will still pay, but through their dollars being worth less. A stealth tax.

      The federal government runs a deficit of a trillion a year on a four trillion dollar budget, which isn’t really a budget but a series of continuing resolutions and sequestrations. Taxes cover three trillion of the four trillion. Congress knows that taxpayers wouldn’t vote to fund the whole mess.

      • The inflation tax is a tax that congress never votes on or approves. It is really stealing value from anyone who holds US currancy and with intrest rates at rock botton it has been forcing money into the stock market and forcing up stock prices. It is my feeling that the founding fathers intended for the federal government to establish a stable monitary system and not what we have now.

      • One of Reagan’s tax changes was to index the tax rates. Prior to Reagan, individuals were being pushed into higher tax brackets just merely because their incomes were keeping up with inflation. The result was that tax revenue would go up every year.
        Needless to say, the Democrats, who try to pass themselves off as the protector of the little guy, fought this change tooth and nail.

  8. It could leverage money to encourage Jamaica to continue to use the long obsolete degrees Fahrenheit so the USA doesn’t become completely alone with their use.
    It’d be a lovely world if we all spoke the same language.

  9. The purpose of the grant is to support selected legal, consulting and engineering costs in late stage project development

    I wonder what sort of project will incur $30 M in what amounts to bureaucratic overhead. This grant has all the earmarks of standard Government Issue international pork project spending, set up to grease all the right wheels. But to what end? Actually, to no end at all. There is no overarching policy or diplomatic goals getting advanced here. Just $30 M getting spread around. Any bets on whether the project gets built and goes on line and stays online for (lets say) 60 months?

    In a larger sense, it appears to me that a country with a government/bureaucracy/society which supports investment, development and industry does not need such grants. If the country does not have the necessary factors for development, then that development simply will not happen. The money simply gets looted out by corrupt officials and their business and industry cronies.

    • They ought to spread some of that $30 million around to the U.S. veterans who can’t get timely health care, or spend it in Chicago to reduce the unbelievable murder of so many people there. It’s like a shooting gallery.

      And another poster above is correct in saying the $30 million is borrowed money, or at least half of it is, since it is estimated that the U.S. borrows *half* the money it spends every day (almost $3 billion borrowed daily).

      We need someone who knows how to run a business to be in charge. We are going to get that in 20 days! :) I wonder how much more money Obama can waste between now and then. :(

      I’m going to celebrate my Happy New Year on Jan. 20, 2017. Happy New Year to all!

      I think this next year of 2017 is going to be one for the ages. Don’t get discouraged by the constant negativity of the MSM. They are going to attack Trump from every direction for his entire eight years in Office, and Pence for eight years after that, so get used to it and just tune them out because they are only relevant to the sheep, and as Trump succeeds, there will be fewer sheep for the MSM to influence, as the sheep wake up from their Leftist delusions and join the real world.

      • I just hope he doesn’t get it in his mind to start handing out presidential pardons and sentence commutation to people like Charles Manson or Richard Davis.

      • Crime control is a state issue. Crime in Chicago won’t go down until the people who live there want it to go down. Until that happens, no amount of federal money will make a difference.

    • That is the irritating part. The $30M does not even go toward building or installing the panels. I worked on a project for the City of San Diego installing prefab toilets in local parks and we had to allot 40% of construction cost for ‘City project management’. The contractor only charged 15% for project management, overhead, AND profit. So the next time someone tells you the state is more efficient because they don’t make a profit, call them on it.
      Also, how long do you think a solar facility will last in hurricane alley?

    • “I wonder what sort of project will incur $30 M in what amounts to bureaucratic overhead. “
      I still can’t see where the $30 M figure comes from. I couldn’t see it in the linked article. How do we know – $30 M?

      • Nick,

        Three grants, each of $10 M, “to pay for legal, consultancy and engineering costs for a new renewables project”.

      • Can’t say. I see that you asked earlier, below.
        Perhaps you should direct your query to the post author, Eric Worrall.
        Thanks.

      • “The purpose of the grant is to support selected legal, consulting and engineering costs in late stage project development, it said.”

        “The overall CEFF-CCA grant pool ceiling for USAID is US$10 million. Within this ceiling, there is no limit to the number of applications or awards. Responses will be reviewed on a rolling basis.”

        Nick the above are from the link that Eric Worrall. provided.

        Odd If it is a late stage project why the need for eng. and legal costs? Should not those be done first?

        Also by the wording people can make claims for grant moneys until March 31. WTF They don’t even know who is going to call dibs on the grant money.

        I thought that there were set procedures for issuing grants one of which the exact recipient is listed along with the exact sums required. Silly me…

        “The funding opportunity will remain open until March 31, 2017 or until funds have been completely allocated, whichever occurs first.”

        michael

      • “WTF They don’t even know who is going to call dibs on the grant money. “
        As I read it, that just says that the scheme overall is taking grant applications up till March 2017. And it’s for late stage project development. It’s not clear to me whether the $10M is the total funding for the scheme, or for each grant. But I still can’t see $30M anywhere. Was it just made up?

      • Nick Stokes January 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm

        Nick I can not find it ether. Maybe Eric will add a bit later.

        At a time when the country is so in debt I see no reason to fund projects in places like Jamaica. They have a huge tourist industry so they should be able to pay or finance their own infrastructure.

        michael

    • Rekamniar Capital Limited is a management consultancy company whose registered address is in London. Now this is clearly stated as money for legal, consulting, and engineering purposes. That leaves me thinking that few if any Jamaicans will get any of it. Building a power plant, if that ever happens, will require a whole lot more money, and then a few Jamaicans might be graciously granted labouring jobs.

      Neoen are French: http://www.neoen.fr/en/ They will presumably use the engineering share of the money on site evaluation and preliminary design.

      I’m not suggesting any wrong-doing on the part of any person or company; if you’re going to build a power plant, management, legal, and engineering work HAS to be done first, and it’s not cheap. I just note that the major beneficiaries are an English company and a French company.

      • Richard,

        Just curious if you or anyone else noticed that “Rekamniar” is “Rainmaker” spelled backwards. Rainmaker Capital, just thought it was funny.

  10. What I want to know is why President Obama is interfering in the affairs of a British Commonwealth country?

    Surely this is calculated to affect the outcome of elections in Jamaica? I think Jamaica should immediately place sanctions on the USA…P

    • Small potatoes.

      Remember when Obama interfered in the UK referendum for BREXIT by threatening that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” in any trade deal with the US if the country voted for BREXIT?

      • I think that was after he tried to influence the Israeli election (before selling them down the river)

      • Where’s the evidence that Putin tried to influence the US election and so what if he did?
        Obama’s showing himself for the whinny cry baby that everyone intelligent knew him to be, when he complains about others interfering in our elections after he has spent 8 years poking his nose into the elections of other countries.

      • PS: The so called interference amounted to nothing more than releasing embarrassing e-mails from Hillary and her pals. Had Hillary et. al. not spent the last 8 years finding new and inventive ways to bend the rules and outright ignore the law, there never would have been anything worth releasing.

  11. Obama is brilliant at picking the winners in the marketplace – and delivering vast quantities of other people’s money to them shortly before they go into liquidation.
    Here he is explaining the reasoning behind his decision to bet on Abengoa (currently verging on becoming the largest bankruptcy in Spanish history) and Abound Solar (a total catastrophe and now bankrupt). What a genius he turned out to be: (all sarc). At least he had himself filmed being an an utter imbecile, so that we can deliver the proof as a warning for future generations:

  12. The purpose of the grant is to support selected legal, consulting and engineering costs in late stage project development, it said.

    Especially the “selected legal and consulting”. lmao.

  13. It would not be so bad if it went into the pockets of the bureaucrats in Jamaica as that would then leak into the Jamaican economy and do some good on the ground. In actuality it will go to International lawyers and accountants who will filter it off into Swiss/Bermudan/Monaco bank accounts and it will never be seen again until it reappears as a new wing on Cherie Blair’s London Mansion or Amal Clooney’s Lake Garda Palagio.

  14. I really don’t think that cancelling the grant will “impede” any drug interdiction effort. The cops in Jamaica are absolutely corrupt, so working with them simply provides a back channel for information to the drug lords.

    Second issue, I doubt Jamaica has the infrastructure to distribute 37 meg from a single source, their grid is really a bunch 12 gauge extension cords.

    • I make Jamaica my case study for energy solutions in an isolated island. Their system should be about 700 MW, and they do distribute this fairly well (for developing country standards). The problem with the 37 MW solar plant will be its intermittency. But since the country has a large set of liquid petroleum fueled generators, having some solar power in industrial scale with USA paying bribes and covering some costs, then it’s not a bad idea as far as Jamaicans are concerned. The USA tax payer is getting screwed. The better alternative would be to do the engineering to install an LNG de gasification plant and a 400 MW combined cycle gas turbine power generation plant.

  15. ‘we’ recently seem to be painting a picture of Obama as little more than a petulant child.

    Please tell me this is not true – surely not the president/leader of such a large economy, group of people and military might. Please say its not so.
    Why not make every taxi driver in New York swig an entire bottle of Jim Beam before they start work each day – much safer.

    • Unhappily it seems to be so. I was going to describe his current behaviour as infantile but petulant is a much better descriptor.

  16. “Does anyone think this $30 million grant to assist the Jamaican renewables legal process will deliver any value to the Jamaican people, other than a few well connected bureaucrats? But cancelling the grant will stir up diplomatic trouble for President Trump. Diplomatic trouble with Jamaica could impede joint efforts to stamp out drug smuggling into the USA.”

    The 30 million will not help the Jamaican people in any way, and your question makes clear that you know that as well as most readers of this site. The money will go to help some of the Democrat’s cronies — but I don’t know exactly which ones.

    The biggest problem is that the American political/economic system since WW2 is essentially corporatism (some call it crony-capitalism). The government spending is now completely out of control and the evil of inflation is getting worse all the time.

    The USA has no business or right to be giving money away to other countries or to NGOs as that money is taken by force from the America people via taxes. We need to stop all give-a-way programs at all levels.

    As a side note; I am a little bitter that my uncle receives such poor care as a crippled Vietnam veteran while the government tosses money around to other countries. First take care of your own.

    • “… and the evil of inflation is getting worse all the time.” My better half talked to her broker/financial advisor a couple of days ago. His office is now estimating the actual inflation at approximately 7% per annum where the government is claiming only 1.7% as of December 15th of last year. I can guarantee that they (i.e., the government) don’t shop at the same food store we do.

  17. Obama is not only sending $30 million to Jamaica, he is sending even more to Asian cities:

    http://www.wnd.com/2016/12/millions-more-for-global-climate-change-in-obamas-final-months/?cat_orig=politics

    Obama sneaking in [One] final global-warming spending orgy

    “The Obama administration is attempting to slip in another pricey climate-change initiative before Donald Trump takes office, potentially costing U.S. taxpayers another $90 million if it survives its unveiling – in Asia – next month. . .”

    “USAID Resilient Cities Asia, as the initiative is known, would add yet another layer to the many dozens of U.S.-funded climate-related programs already under way in nearly 50 nations.

    The new initiative will complement existing efforts in urban areas across Asia, according to a draft Statement of Work, or SOW, which WND discovered through routine database research.

    The program’s particular angle is to provide assistance and services to secondary, rather than primary, Asian cities. Secondary cities typically cannot afford to prepare for and recover from catastrophic events purportedly caused by climate change, the agency says.”

    end excerpts

    No problem. The U.S. has plenty of money to throw around.

  18. Never mind you are well shot of him, think of the damage he could have done if he or his democrats were still in. Only 19 days to go.
    He was known to me as the windbag of Washington how very apt.

    • “Never mind you are well shot of him, think of the damage he could have done if he or his democrats were still in.”

      I think about that just about every day. The U.S. got very lucky by rejecting Hillary Clinton. She would have been a continuation of Barack Obama.

      Hillary would have been an English-speaking “Angela Merkel” who would turn the U.S. into the EU with insane immigration policies and attacks on the freedom of speech. We have been spared that thanks to this election.

  19. From the article:

    “Once completed, the Eight Rivers facility will generate some of the lowest cost electricity on the island, the release said.”

    Yes yes, once completed solar is low cost. Fancy that, the fuel is free and the entire cost is capital. So apart from the capital and land expended, its ch aped than Da Coal.

    $1m per MW just in pre project engineering? A property USC coal plant wouldn’t need $750m in studies – in fact, the engineering and BFS for a project in familiar with in the general area is about $40m. It will produce 20x the power, and run around the clock (this thing will average 7MW if ever built, but require the cabling for 37MW. 5x the infrastructure support cost.

    • “… once completed solar is low cost.” Really? In Hurricane Alley? I guess occasional ‘full replacement’ need not be included in ‘annual maintenance costs.’

  20. legal, consultancy and engineering costs

    What do you bet there are no competitive bids, no defined outputs and a very loose schedule.

    This is most likely simply money stolen from the taxpayers and directed to cronies.

  21. As any good CEO knows, on the first day on the job you nail down the cash. These are the types of things that won’t happen under Trump. Spending the money before Trump gets in is a lame move that will not work either, Trump the master negotiator will easily get that money back, he probably already tweeted that he’s withholding 60 million in some other Jamaican aid until they give back the 30 million.

  22. Idiotic move by Obama. I expected nothing more than idiocy from this administration.
    Corrupt Jamaican government will take this.

  23. Rekamniar Capital One dirctor, Jamaican lady ANgella Rainford Heath,

    http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/business/Cocktails-with—Angella-Rainford-Heath_14702957

    http://www.bizdb.co.uk/company/rekamniar-capital-limited-07675004/

    Also, a Frecnch eco-energy company is involved, probably they’ll do whatever construction may be forthcoming. I notice the $30million is for legal, consulting and engineering costs

    I make no comment.

    Fortunately, this will probably be the last grant through the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA)

    • I see his actions over the last 4 years as a campaign to put himself in a position of global influence, now impeded by the progressives losing the POTUS influence to immediately cement his rise to a UN career. He will no doubt keep trying to a establish world government which he and Gore can get positions of bureaucratic command.

    • Obama can’t be head of the UN since he was head of one of the five permanent members of the Security Council (The U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China). No doubt, he would love to have the job. He already sees himself as leader of the world.

      As a consolation prize, Obama should go and run for president of Iran. I mean, who has done more for Iran, than Obama? He said in the past that the Islamic call to prayer was the most beautiful sound on Earth, and he could get his fill there.

  24. Ann Banisher said:

    Also, how long do you think a solar facility will last in hurricane alley?

    Oh dear, I had not even thought of that. So I took a look.
    Westmoreland Parish is on the south side of the western tip of the island. The parish is split roughly evenly between two very distinct geography types.
    The first is a very flat plain in the center of the parish, called Georges Plain. The sat. view clearly shows that every available plot of land has already been given over to agriculture. There is even a sugar mill there.
    The other geography type comprising the parish is steep/mountainous. If you have ever traveled the region, you know that when things go steep, things really get vertical. The scenery is spectacular, of course. But if you mess with the forest in any way, you get huge soil erosion, then damaging landslides, and of course, more erosion. All this erosion reaches the ocean and causes silting which suffocates the coral reefs.
    Jamaica’s reefs are not in particularly good shape as it is, and the primary stressor for them is, indeed, sedimentation from shoreside activities.
    In summary:
    If they put the facility in the farming area, they disenfranchise the farmers and disrupt the economy and destroy peoples livelihoods.
    If they put it anywhere else, they rip up their countryside, and dump another huge load of sedimentation on the reefs.
    All very Green and Sustainable.
    (Now I sit back and wait for a project defender to say “But it is OK, we are really not going to build it, you know. Too dangerous.”)

  25. Once again, the money is being wasted on the supply side of the grid when it could be used more beneficially at the user end, on the roofs of the land owners’ houses and municipal buildings. No infrastructure improvement necessary because demand peaks are supplied from the consumer side of the grid. I still can’t comprehend the insanity of misapplying solar and wind as extra grid load when it should be used for reducing the load and the need for upgrading.

    If the self-acclaimed philanthropists would take on projects to help the masses supply supplemental electricity for themselves and increase the standard of life, we could use the tax money to strengthen the grids against the next Carrington event.

  26. Maybe this will put the “US Clean Energy Finance Facility” on team Trump’s radar, if it isn’t there, already.

    A Happy and Prosperous New Year to everyone.

  27. Mods, did this post?
    United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
    Our Core Values
    PASSION FOR MISSION
    We come to work to foster sustainable development and advance human dignity globally.
    EXCELLENCE
    We strive for efficiency, effectiveness, and meaningful results across our work.
    INTEGRITY
    We are honest and transparent, accountable for our efforts, and maintain a consistently high moral standard.
    RESPECT
    We demonstrate respect for one another, our partners, and the people we serve in communities around the world.
    EMPOWERMENT
    We elevate all voices striving for global economic, environmental, and social progress.
    INCLUSION
    We value our differences and draw strength from diversity.
    COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
    We seek to improve ourselves and our work continually through reflection and evaluation.

    The above is from the USAID website. Notice anything missing from this? If not, herein is a prime example/lesson of the difference between government and business. NO, not profit or stock value increases. Even a non-profit organization generally tries to show/prove a – – RETURN ON INVESTMENT! Nowhere in the above is there even a hint of any need or requirement (much less aspiration) to justify their existence via a positive return, SOME BENEFIT, ANY BENEFIT on OUR (US tax payer) investments! (Including their wages) No goals! No objectives! It’s ALL about THEM! We, we, we, we, Etc. Absolutely NO desire or prerequisite, to even look much less find any ROI on the millions/billions of tax payer money being handed out. They justify their existence and what they do by how GOOD they “feel” at the end of the day.
    If I had written a similar Core Values statement into any of the dozens of business plans I wrote over the years, I would never have been called for a meeting by any venture capitalist.
    First thing President Trump should is, require EVERY department and sub-dept, of sub-dept, of sub-dept to rewrite their mission statement to include what tangible, measureable ROI, what benefit do they provide to the American people first, (then the world) and how are they going to prove/show it.
    RMH

  28. Once president Trump finally gets to start work scooping up all the turds left for him by Obama, questions will rightly be asked about the extraordinary delay of a whole quarter of a year in which an incumbent voted from office gets to continue in power and indulge in spiteful political sabotage against the elected president. This will have to change. If even the Brits, where politics advances at a glacial pace, can have the elected prime minister in office the morning after the election, then surely the USA can do the same. Anything else opposes democracy.

    • That’s easier to do in a parliamentary system, where the opposition has a shadow government already in place.

      But we already moved the transition of power forward from March to January following November elections.

  29. If you peel back the layers you might find this is just another bankster bailout in disguise. Just read an article from Obamas trip to Jamaica in 2015, Jamaica is deep in debt and in horrible financial shape and the banksters have concerns about Jamaica defaulting, but in the meantime they can gouge them on debt payments because China and Venezuala financially support Jamaica. Venezuala used to make huge support payments to Jamaica, on the order of a couple percent of Jamaican GDP, but Venezuala has its own problems and isn’t doing so good right now, I’d be surprised if they can supply a few rolls of toilet paper. Maybe Venezuala cut off support. Maybe 30 million is to keep Jamaica from defaulting on Obama’s watch. Who is really going to care if another Obama solar project goes belly up.

    • Good point, Nick. And now, other sites are linking to WUWT and including the $30 M.

      Beyond this, I don’t think anyone will ever know the full cost. I got the following from the USAID web site:
      In addition to grant support, CEFF-CCA participation has the potential to open doors to additional OPIC and USTDA support, including OPIC loans and guarantees, political risk insurance, and investment fund support. USTDA offers project development support beyond grants.

      USAID does explain how Jamaica, or any other place in “the Americas” becomes eligible. (Dodgy @2:54 raised this issue.)

    • Good question. Can someone provide a source? Was the original article on the Jamaca Gleaner later edited?

  30. Over the next 2 years or so, Obama and wife will fly to all the places mentioned above. All costs will be paid by others (un-traceable – back to US taxes). He will give a short talk [about nothing] and she will have a flattering photo op. Total costs will be about $500,000 — half of that to be deposited in a legal entity with tax-avoidance character and controlled by ex-POTUS.
    At the end of this 2 year period the Obamas will be the richest community organizers the world has ever seen.

    • The Clintons have shown the Obamas the way forward. Soon there will be an Obama Crime Family Foundation, which could run for decades. Even if Michelle never runs for office, she might, which would be reason enough for foreign donors to shower wealth upon the family, in the form of $300K per speech. Then there are their daughters.

      • It remains to be seen just how the Democrats respond to an out-of-power Obama.

        $300,000 per speech is swell, but look at how they dealt with a powerless Jimmy Carter.

      • Obama will imitate the Clintons, not the Carters. Clinton Crime Family Foundation donors gave in expectation of a second Clinton presidency. Whether Michelle ever runs, which she probably won’t, being even less appealing as a candidate than Hillary, but the Obamas can hold out that expectation to potential donors. And both Obamas can serve on compensated boards of directors with potential for backsheesh.

  31. When Saddam Hussein was pushed out of Kuwait he set fire to their oil wells on his way home.
    Vindictive.
    When Australia’s Julia Gillard knew she was sure to lose the next election she with the greens committed taxpayers to billions of dollars in spending in order to seriously diminish the economy for the incoming government.
    Barack Obama is using the same infantile tactic.

    • Sadly you are correct on the Obama tactic, and the end of infantile tactic is yet to be seen as far as I can tell. This will continue because the complicit media will fail to report on comment on the tactic.

  32. Have the Obama’s set up their ‘family charitable foundation’ yet, in Clinton-esque fashion?
    Let the money laundering begin…..

      • Thanks Chimp!

        Interesting that it is in only BO’s name…. and doesn’t include or recognize his wife. I know he’s a petulant narcissist but you would think, with all of his mewling and puking about ‘inclusiveness’ and ’embracing diversity’, he would have included the wife.

        Perhaps this leaves room for creation of other obama ‘foundations’ that can be used to launder donations from contributors that wish to remain anonymous and shielded from the public scrutiny?

      • He didn’t include Michelle in the foundation, because he knows the underhanded illegal stuff they are going to do could taint her for a future presidential run.

  33. This is essentially theft adding to USA tax payer debt . Once people find out how much of their money the Obama administration has directed to the UN and global warming hustlers they will have every right to demand a refund and charge those looting the USA treasury .
    The good thing is they were so arrogant in thinking they were going to win they are now in full panic mode to
    spend other peoples money as they head for the exits . Audit spending since the election result to find the
    source of the biggest rats .
    Obama is angry because any the global warming scam just got blown out of the water . No Clinton Foundation look a like , no money funneled through the UN or Green Bank . Just rubber chicken dinner circuit and books .
    What a legacy .

  34. Investing in a project in Jamaica that will be designed, built, and operated by British and French companies? We can’t find international projects with US companies involved?

  35. I am a solar design build expert. I could easily do the entire design and build for $91,147,000

    So $30,000,000 for legal and “late stage design” is beyond ridiculous

    Pure graft money to enhance the Mulatto Legacy

  36. I think the free $30 million is a bit late for them to put together a bobsled team before the 70’s “Coming Ice Age”.

  37. I’ve just read http://www.pv-tech.org/news/jamaican-government-selects-eight-rivers-to-build-33.1mw-solar-plant and now I’m puzzled. “The construction of the PV plant at Paradise Park is set to begin in July”, that’s July 2016. “EREC has designs to start operating what will be Jamaica’s largest solar energy plant within a year” of May 2016. By now, construction was supposed to have been underway for at least 5 months. Late phase? I’ll say!

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/business/20160511/our-selects-eight-rivers-renewable-project also says 33.1 MW and quotes Angella Rainford of Rekamniar as saying “I hope to have this project operational within a year” of May 2016.

    Neither article suggested that the project was underfinanced.

    https://blog.iiicorp.com/2016/08/12/eight-rivers-energy-fine-tuning-ppa-for-50mw-solar-plant-before-issuing-rfp-for-epc-and-locking-in-financing/ left me even MORE puzzled. That article says the “gross capacity” is 49.5 MW. Notably, it *also* says (and this was just a little over 4 months ago) that the cost of the project was “USD 50m” and that the partner companies were even then “locking in the debt component of its project finance”.

    Somehow between May and August “operational within a year” had turned into “The construction period is projected to last nine to 10 months, but the developer is budgeting a year conservatively, Rainford said, noting the project is expected to be online by the end of 2018.” (which is two years from now).

    The more I read about this the less I know!

    One thing does seem to be becoming clear. The European companies that formed Eight Rivers will OWN the plant; the agreement they have with the Jamaica is not an agreement to build a plant for Jamaica but an agreement to supply electricity. Whatever funding the US provides (and at a total cost of USD 50 million, they shouldn’t need anything even close to USD 30 million), it will be awarded to *European* companies to produce an asset for said *European* companies.

    I never in my life thought I would ever say anything like this. Arrgh.
    This is what neocolonialism looks like.
    The 3rd-world country gets dearer and intermittent electricity.
    The US gets influence, and the EU gets money.
    Aren’t liberals supposed to be AGAINST neocolonialism?

      • With respects, Nick, you seem focused on the “$30M”. (Yes, it would be good to nail the actual figure down.) But if it was $30M or $10M or a dime, it’s a dime to much … and wasted to boot.
        (Kind’a like donating to a “charity” that uses 50+% of the donations on “administrative cost”.)

      • A couple of hours ago I wrote about this issue — after searching for 1/2 hour to find some numbers. That was a waste of time.
        I made the mistake of writing that note here using WordPress. Upon clicking on “Post Comment” my brilliant composition disappeared into the luminiferous aether.
        Nevertheless,
        Happy New Year.

      • No I didn’t, which is why I made it clear that I doubt that figure.
        Let me say it even more plainly: the ONLY link I can find between CEFF-CCA, Jamaica, and thirty million is this article and various clones of it.

        https://www.ustda.gov/program/regions/latin-america-and-caribbean says that the US is helping
        to pay for LED street lighting in Jamaica. The official press release about the solar project is currently at
        https://jm.usembassy.gov/category/environment/
        and says nothing whatever about how much money is involved.

        I have no idea where the $30 million figure came from, and after searching around, I do not believe that that much money has actually been allocated for this project under CEFF-CCA. In fact I found this at
        http://www.ceff-cca.org/about.html
        “CEFF-CCA intends to provide $10 million in grant funds to address an urgent need to enhance energy security and lower energy costs in both regions, as more reliable and less costly energy is a critical factor for both regions’ economic prosperity and competitiveness.” That is, in June 2016, the TOTAL for ALL energy projects in both the Caribbean and Central American was ten million. Not thirty million in Jamaica.
        That site goes on to say that “CEFF-CCA grants will provide targeted assistance to help promising but undercapitalized renewable energy and energy efficiency projects address core technical, business/financing strategy, structuring and modeling, and other feasibility questions in order to enable them to reach financial close.” So the entire CEFF-CCA thing is set up to provide undercapitalized (which this project was not supposed to be) projects in the planning phase (which this project was not supposed to be in any more), not construction or operation. CEFF-CCA are doing the kind of thing they said they would do.

        Now it does seem from the articles I cited earlier that the project MAY be slipping, so it MAY be in trouble, and if the time planning was wrong, the money planning might be wrong, and it MIGHT be the case that the budget has blown out quite a bit, which would be the reverse of surprising, so Eight Rivers MIGHT want thirty million. More time searching that I can really justify has failed to turn up any evidence that they have asked for it or are getting it. Since CEFF-CCA had planned on $10 million for several countries, even if CEFF-CCA’s budget had been tripled I don’t think one project in Jamaica would get all of it.

      • Yes, I’m not sure where the $30M comes from…and I’m not sure if the $10M-ish cap is annual or a one-time bankroll.

        But I have a model that says it will be $30M.

      • The numbers or accurate reporting are completely irrelevant. In these days of post truth and a reliance on false news nothing is true but everything is possible. You just pick the tale that rhymes with your political beliefs and give it legs.

    • Richard –
      You seem to have provided the only rational comments to this post. Thanks for your efforts. You saved me a lot of time. My take on this USAID project is that they provided something like a line of credit, available until March 2017, to a British company and a French company to pay for certain aspects of the project. Looks like the actual money is probably way under $10M.

      • Well, it seems I didn’t “follow the money” far enough. The USAID site about CEFF- CCA has a section entilted “ About the Implementer “ which says:

        “ECODIT LLC is an international development firm working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world…..ECODIT has two permanent offices: one in Washington, D.C. and one in Beirut, Lebanon.”

        See: http://www.ceff-cca.org/about.html

        According to a website listing government contracts .USAID has contract with Ecodit LLC, to do the work for the CEFF-CCA. The total contract is for $11.9 million.

        Part of the contract description says:

        “Assistance will be provided through grants that allow project developers to carry out legal, technical, engineering and other studies they need to be able to bring their project to bankable status.”

        See: https://govtribe.com/contract/award/aidoaai1300016-aidoaato1600001

        So it appears that the money (however much it is) will not leave the U.S, but go to a Washington, D.C. area consulting firm. I tried to find something about how much the Jamaican project was for, but was unsuccessful.

  38. Now in Canada our Prime Minister who is forcing a carbon tax on Canada is on holiday in some warm climate and his location is a secret. So a carbon tax for the peons its okay for him to leave a carbon trail to some secret location. maybe Cuba as he was an admirer of Fidel. Ottawa being some what cold this time of year I guess global warming cannot happen fast enough for him.

  39. It is to laugh.

    By some accounts the Bill+Hillary+Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Bon Ki Moon and a not so small contingent of “UN Peace Keeper Troops” from Nepal who carry the Cholera virus caused the sickening of 800,000 and death of 9,000 Haitians.

    Guess Big O wants to “up the ante” for his world conquest after he leaves the USA.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/16/ban-ki-moon-speaks-out-after-desperate-haitians-loot-un-aid-truc/

    http://www.ijdh.org/2016/12/topics/health/u-n-finally-apologizes-for-cholera-in-haiti-but-omits-one-point/

    Typical of Bon being a half-breed Korean-Japanese he gave a “half-apology” according to Phillip Alston, U.N. Human Rights Special Rapporteur.

    “But he stopped short of apologizing for the fact that the bacteria was brought to the island by Nepalese peacekeepers and flowed out of toilets from their base in to a local water supply.

    For that reason, Philip Alston, the U.N.’s human rights special rapporteur, told The Guardian that Ban Ki-moon had made a ‘half-apology’.” — ijdh.org

    With free cash like this floating around, Al Gore is sure to be found!

    It is to laugh.

  40. The good thing is that Obama is gone soon. The Republicans control Congress and Trump will be able to do what he needs to do with a little compromise here and there.

    The world will change just like it did when Thatcher and Reagan rose to power. Eventually, communism fell, monetary policy moved to the modern age and has never looked back since. The next steps are to get rid of left-wing populism and politically-correct emotional and shame-based programs.

    When the ordinary people begin to realize how this “works better in the real-world”, the tide will turn finally. Green power just needs to have the financials exposed. Twice the cost really. People know what twice the cost means. Especially when it only lasts 25% as long.

    • Obama and his rubber stamp congresses have saddled the US with ten trillion more in debt, doubling the national debt in ten years, even with indebtedness already ballooned by war and bank bail out under Bush, who had to deal with the 2008 financial crisis created by Clinton, Rubin, Dodd, Frank and in part GOP members of congress in 1998. Repeal of Glass-Steagal (prohibiting investment banks from lending for mortgages) was the GOP contribution, but that on its own wouldn’t have mattered much without the subprime slime insisted upon by Democrats.

      It will be hard to grow enough to finance such crushing debt, which is why “economists” like Krugman want inflation. The only alternative is default, whatever that would look like for the world’s reserve currency. Most other countries are in almost as bad to worse condition, so that there is a race to debase currencies.

  41. I think there is a cap of 5% of construction costs or $1M. I think the $30M came from some bad math or a mixup between $ and MW.

  42. Hmmm….Clicked on Kingston weather at the top of the Jamaica-Gleaner article.

    84oF (28oC)

    Feels like 90oF (32oC)

    Wind Chill: 84oF

  43. Why does the USA have to stick it’s beak, or cash in this case, in other countries affairs .
    Take a look at the ghettos in Chicago , Detroit etc etc . Obama doubles the national debt and
    then sends $billions into never never land to be completely wasted when it could of helped at home .
    If your basically bankrupt you don’t pay other peoples credit cards with what’s left of your credit .

  44. It is a contest after all to see who can give away the most taxpayer money. Besides, you never know when you might want to ask a favor in return later for a Presidential Library or foundation or beach resort house etc etc etc.

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