When former State Senator Tarryl Clark joined the BlueGreen Alliance in March, 2011, she joined a corrupt organization. She didn’t just join as a junior member. She joined as National Co-Chair of Jobs21:
Tarryl Clark joined the BlueGreen Alliance as National Co-Chair of Jobs21! Prior to her work on Jobs21!, Tarryl was elected to the Assistant Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate after an unprecedented 11 months as a state senator representing conservative-leaning central Minnesota.
Sen. Clark now finds herself squarely in the middle of a major debacle:
In addition to the environmental groups like the NRDC and the Sierra Club, unions like SEIU have also joined an umbrella organization (the BlueGreen Alliance) to lobby for federal funding for “green” projects. Collectively, these groups have been involved in hundreds of lawsuits with the federal government over stopping fossil energy projects. Key political appointees at the DOI are former employees of the NRDC and other environmental groups.
Like the Department of Energy, DOI did not adequately vet the financ, ial health of several of these favored companies. The failures of Solyndra and Beacon Power are well known, and reports indicate that at least two other companies (Nevada Geothermal and First Solar) may go bankrupt in the near future. But as ABC News reported, a pattern has emerged whereby green energy firms receive taxpayer dollars and then file for bankruptcy—“but not before the firms doled out six-figure bonuses and payouts to top executives.”
It’s logical to ask Sen. Clark whether she lobbied for President Obama to not approve the permits to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Here’s the bigger problem for Clark:
The new “fast-tracking” process created by Secretary Salazar for renewable energy projects creates a two-tiered system for approving projects on federal lands—with politically favored, and often connected, renewable energy plans receiving less rigorous review than traditional energy projects. Environmental and regulatory reviews can take as long as 14–16 years for oil and gas leases, but many of these favored projects were pushed through in less than a year and awarded on a no-bid basis. DOI also cut short the public comment period for at least one project (BrightSource), despite significant local opposition.
As the National Co-Chair of Jobs21!, she must’ve been delighted to hear that Interior Secretary Salazar was fast-tracking green jobs initiatives, often without DOI doing their due diligence.
Another question that Clark should answer is whether she pushed for the Solyndra loans. If she did, her political career is over.
The Democrats’ worship of the environment has put Tarryl Clark’s political career in a difficult position both with swing voters and with unions. Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline hurts her with unions. Pushing for the fast-tracking of Solyndra-styled loans won’t play well with swing voters who see President Obama’s green jobs programs as a waste of the taxpayers’ money.
That’s a can’t win situation.