UPDATE 8/19/14>>>>http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15592/playing-politics-only-da-rick-perry-called-on-to-resign-after-a-dwi-was-the-one-investigating-him?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook Gov Perry was being CPRIT investigated by the Office of Integrity where he withheld funding because the lead of that dept would not resign because of her DWI…but it turns out other DA’s (Republicans) had DUI’s and were not asked to resign. Read more about CPRIT below..
UDATE 12/7/2013>>>>http://progresstexas.org/blog/breaking-former-cprit-executive-indicted-grand-jury ….
CPRIT (video here)
How ironic that funds at the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) only needed to be thrown at an Urban Drilling Health Impact Study to be legit in my book. Instead they got in trouble for phony or absent of accreditation paperwork and then funneled funds to GOP back slapping buddies.
From The Texas Insider …Roberts who is Cobbs (CPRIT ) replacement, and I quote…
I decided to update this blog when I read this comment from
Norman Baxter · Top Commenter
Begin TEF report…
In 2012, Texas business incentative money (to the tune of 4.25 million dollars) supported the oil and gas industry in the name of dirty energy jobs.
THIS YEAR, Gov. Rick Perry announced on April 2 2013, that “Borusan Mannesmann Pipe will expand its manufacturing operations to the U.S. with a steel pipe plant in Baytown, creating 250 jobs and $148 million in capital investment. The state is providing $1.6 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this project…..
The Baytown facility will produce casings used to secure oil wells and tubing to extract gas and oil from the ground, adding 300,000 tons of manufacturing capacity…..
“This investment will establish Borusan as a local manufacturer in the U.S. market,” Borusan Chairman A. Ahmet Kocabıyık said. “This investment is the beginning of a new era, not only for economic relations between the U.S. and Turkey,….
Regarding TEF funds, Gov Perry said “Texas continues to be a leader in energy production, supplying not just the oil and gas that fuel our cars, homes and businesses, but also the products and workforce necessary to support domestic drilling in the U.S.,”
I boldfaced the companies supporting good old dirty dinosaur fuels from this Legislative Report …. also note that at least three more companies support the plastics industry which thrives on low cost natural gas, but alas plastics manufacturing is a zero sum game to the environment and our health. I love my electronics, but value my health more.
• 3M Company • ADP Inc. • The Advisory Board Company • Apple Inc. • Centene Corp. • CGI Technologies • CH2M Hill • Coll Materials Exchange • Continental Automotive Systems • Dow Chemical Co. • eBay Inc. • Ferris Manufacturing Corp. • FlexSteel Pipeline Technologies
• GE Transportation • Golden Living (GGNSC Holdings) • HID Global Corp. • idX Corp. • James Skinner Baking Co. • Kuraray Americas • Layne Christensen Co. • Office Depot Inc. • Pactiv LLC • TD Ameritrade • TEKsystems Global Services • VCE Company • Visa Inc.
Back in Jan 2012, the state invested $650,000 of TEF monies in Flexsteel Pipeline Technologies Inc. (FlexSteel), to create 130 new jobs in exchange for a promise to invest $94.8 million in capital expenditures in a new manufacturing facility in Baytown TX.
Last August, $2.3 million TEF was spent to “….continue to grow from its current workforce of 285 to more than 500 employees by 2015,” CH2M HILL Vice President and Houston Area Manager Michael E. Lucchesi, P.E., said. “As one of the worldwide hubs for the global energy market, investment in our Houston operations will allow us to meet staffing demands created by capital project investment and growth by our clients in the energy, petrochemicals and chemicals market sectors.”
Then in December $1.3 million from the TEF fund for Layne Christensen Co. to move its headquarters to the Woodlands, for 210 jobs and $6.7 million in capital investment. “Layne is a water management, construction and drilling company that serves government agencies, investor-owned water utilities, heavy civil construction contractors, oil and gas companies and agribusiness.“
To be fair, the report shows that in the past they gave these two renewables a shot at some of these funds but it didn’t work out….
• SunPower Corporation, which received a $1,000,000 disbursement in 2010 and established a corporate operations center in Texas shortly thereafter, opted to terminate its TEF agreement in February 2012 and return the full grant disbursement plus interest, totaling $1,035,698.
• Green Star Products terminated its TEF agreement in March 2012, returning the full grant disbursement plus interest, totaling $184,451.
We need to contact our governors office demand more tax TEF dollars be invested on sustainable, energy jobs because it is too costly to our planet and our health to stay on our present course of investing in dirty fossil fuels.
UPDATE…woot Perry got wind!!!
Press Release of 04/04/2014 09:55 PM CDT
“Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market. TAMU is working with the Texas Tech University National Wind Resource Center, a national leader in the wind energy industry, as well as the University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics and Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, TAMU-Corpus Christi Conrad Blucher Institute and University of Texas at Brownsville School of Business and Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences.“