Flashback to 2012 Truth No One in Obama/Clinton Administration Will Talk About – Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Big Utility – ( Unreleased Documents Showing More Collusion by deep state?)
WASHINGTON — Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it “the president’s utility.” And it was not just because it delivers power to Barack Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. Exelon’s top executives were early and frequent supporters of Mr. Obama as he rose from the Illinois State Senate to the White House. John W. Rogers Jr., a friend of the president’s and one of his top fund-raisers, is an Exelon board member. David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s longtime political strategist, once worked as an Exelon consultant, and Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor and Mr. Obama’s former chief of staff, helped create the company through a corporate merger in 2000 while working as an investment banker.
With energy an increasingly pivotal issue for the Obama White House, a review of Exelon’s relationship with the administration shows how familiarity has helped foster access at the upper reaches of government and how, in some cases, the outcome has been favorable for Exelon. White House records show that Exelon executives were able to secure an unusually large number of meetings with top administration officials at key moments in the consideration of environmental regulations that have been drafted in a way that hurt Exelon’s competitors, but curb the high cost of compliance for Exelon and its industry allies.
In addition, Exelon, which provides power to more than 6.6 million customers in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia, was chosen as one of only six electric utilities nationwide for the maximum $200 million stimulus grant from the Energy Department. And when the Treasury Department granted loans for renewable energy projects, Exelon landed a commitment for up to $646 million allowing it, on extremely generous financial terms, to finance one of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar projects. Exelon’s seemingly easy access to top administration officials has hardly gone unnoticed among competitors.
“I would like to get some treatment in Washington like that,” said Ken Anderson, general manager at Tri-State G&T, a Colorado-based power supplier that has been at odds with Exelon over environmental regulations. “But Exelon seems to get deference that I can’t get.”
White House officials and top executives at Exelon, which operates the nation’s largest fleet of nuclear power plants, say the relationship does not reflect favoritism, but rather a shared vision of moving the nation toward a cleaner energy future.
Exelon’s employees have contributed at least $395,000 to Mr. Obama’s federal campaigns.
By far the strongest link is with Mr. Rogers, the Exelon board member and family friend. A college classmate of Michelle Obama’s brother, he was co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s inauguration committee and still occasionally plays basketball with Mr. Obama. He is one of Mr. Obama’s biggest campaign donation bundlers, having raised more than $500,000, and has co-hosted several fund-raisers, including one in March that featured a performance by the Grammy-winning musician John Legend. (A spokesman for Mr. Rogers said he had not contacted Mr. Obama or any administration officials on Exelon’s behalf.)
Another Obama bundler is William A. Von Hoene Jr., who oversees Exelon’s legal and lobbying team out of Chicago, despite Mr. Obama’s rule against accepting contributions from lobbyists. Mr. Von Hoene is not a registered lobbyist, although records show he attended a White House meeting to push Exelon’s cause. Exelon executives and its political action committee have also donated to Mitt Romney, and the committee has given more to House Republicans than Democrats over the last two years.
But the relationship with the Obama administration was so strong that Exelon boasted about it after the election.
Exelon Corporation is an American Fortune 100 energy company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It generates revenues of approximately $33.5 billion and employs approximately 34,000 people. the largest operator of nuclear power plants in the United States. It was created in October 2000 by the merger of PECO Energy Company of Philadelphia and Unicom Corp of Chicago, which owned Commonwealth Edison. Exelon operates regulated utilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. In October 2009, Exelon had full or majority ownership of 23 nuclear reactors in 14 nuclear power plants.
Exelon owns and operates a portfolio of fossil fuel and other sources generating more than 12,400 megawatts (MW) of power. Sources include natural gas, hydroelectric, wind, solar, landfill gas and oil.
Exelon owns or has interest in three solar power facilities which generate 260 MW of energy.
Exelon owns or operates two landfill gas power plants. (Nuclear Waste?)
Exelon has 47 wind projects in ten states, totaling nearly 1,500 megawatts (MW).
Exelon PowerLabs, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Generation, provides quality laboratory services to Exelon and its subsidiaries, as well as other organizations across multiple industries. Exelon PowerLabs operates at four locations nationwide.
Constellation, an Exelon Company, provides energy sales in deregulated markets
Since divesting from coal, the company is better positioned than many of its competitors to benefit from carbon pricing under a cap and trade plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. “Former Exelon CEO John Rowe is a vociferous and longtime advocate of climate change legislation. Exelon also disclosed multiple contributions to political nonprofit organizations, the largest of which was $290,000 given to the American Energy Alliance — a 501©(4) nonprofit with ties to the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle.
What’s a fine when your making billions, does it really excuse the crime?
In 2005, Exelon was required to pay a $602,000 fine for exceeding the permitted sulfur dioxide emission limit from April to October 2004 at its Cromby Generating Station in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Exelon and Illinois state officials waited for four years until 2006 before disclosing that Exelon’s Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant 60 miles southwest of Chicago, had spilled millions of gallons of water containing tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, multiple times over a decade. Exelon officials eventually apologized (How many got cancer?)
In 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced its plan for a $65,000 fine against Exelon for permitting its contracted security guards that were guarding its Peach Bottom Nuclear Generating Station, a two-reactor nuclear plant located in Delta, Pennsylvania, to sleep on the job.
If a major accident happened at one of the nuclear plants in the U.S., residents nearby should read the rules. The states are on their own, and the next Fukushima, Chernobyl could by in your state. There is no remedy for a broken nuclear plant, so why are they still being built? For the underground cities? Follow the money in nuclear power and you’ll find that none has gone back into the communities that support it. Where is the money going? Trump going to disclose underground labs and truth of a working government and different types of et’s? Hillary was supposed to win. Has Trump even been told of all the wonders of the underworld beneath the White House? The truth is there for all to see, if they take the time to look. Trump moved to alternative media for truth he isn’t getting from those who are supposed to be serving him and the American people. Starting from scratch, one by one those who conspire against him and are keeping secrets are being exposed by their own lies.
A wrong turn of a valve at one of the country’s nuclear weapons laboratories unleashed an explosion that easily could have killed two workers. The near catastrophe in August 2011 at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque lifted the roof of the building, separated a wall in two places and bent an exterior door 30 feet away. One worker was knocked to the floor; another narrowly missed getting hit with flying debris as a fire erupted. As the Department of Energy investigated over the next three years, the same lab — one of 10 nuclear weapons-related sites that contain radioactive materials in addition to the usual hazards found in industrial settings — had two more serious accidents, both blamed on insufficient safety protocols.
But when the time came for regulators to take action against the company in charge of the lab, officials decided against a financial penalty. They waived a $412,500 fine they had initially proposed, saying Sandia Corp., a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin (LMT), had made “significant and positive steps … to
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