Wednesday, May 7, 2014

AFRICOM POSTURE STATEMENT

AFRICOM POSTURE STATEMENT:

WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar 9, 2010 — In testimony before Congress March 9, 2010, the commander of U.S. Africa Command provided an overview of the strategic environment in Africa, explained U.S. AFRICOM's strategic approach, and showed how security cooperation efforts promote stability in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.

General William "Kip" Ward testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of an annual requirement for regional military commanders. He was scheduled to testify before the House Armed Services Committee on March 10.

Violent Extremism
Violent extremism by transnational terrorist organizations is a major source of regional instability. In the last year, al-Qaeda and terrorist groups in Africa appear to have strengthened their collaboration.

Al-Qaeda operatives are active in East Africa, while al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) operates across the trans-Sahara region of Northern and Western Africa. The leaders of Somalia-based Al-Shabaab have publicly aligned themselves with al-Qaeda, having issued public statements praising Osama Bin Ladin and linking Somalia to al-Qaeda's global operations.

Al-Shabaab also announced its support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) at the same time that AQAP activities increased in Yemen, separated from Somalia by the 20-mile wide Bab-el-Mandab Strait. Al-Shabaab continues to operate multiple terrorist training camps in Somalia with al-Qaeda participation.

Al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliates also target the United States and our European and African partners across North

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Africa and the Sahel. Terrorist activities, kidnapping, illicit trafficking of all types (humans, weapons, drugs), and the existence of under-governed spaces in the Sahel contribute to the region's vulnerability and make it susceptible to extremist influences.

Counter-terrorism Efforts in North Africa and the Sahel--Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-TRANS SAHARA (OEF-TS)

Special Operations Command, Africa (SOCAFRICA) conducts OEF-TS to counter the terrorism threat in North and West Africa. OEF-TS supports the DOS-led Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) by increasing our partners' capabilities to deny safe havens to terrorists, improving border security, promoting democratic governance, and reinforcing regional as well as bilateral military ties. OEF-TS activities are designed to defeat violent extremist organizations throughout the region.

U.S. Africa Command works closely with the DOS and U.S. embassies to ensure we provide the military support needed to meet the objectives of TSCTP, including the following major elements: information operations; train, advise and assist activities; intelligence capacity building; coalition development; military exercise programs; and development and establishment of a regional computer-based information network. All OEF-TS activities are closely coordinated with the State Department and our U.S. embassy country teams.

SOCAFRICA remained very active last year with OEF-TS. Military Information Support Teams assisted DOS public diplomacy efforts in countering extremist ideology in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Nigeria. OEF-TS created High Frequency-Radio Tactical Communications Interoperability between Algeria and Niger, and Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) trained new Counter-Terrorism (CT) light infantry companies in Mali. The MTTs also trained existing CT units in Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, and Senegal. OEF-TS Military Intelligence courses trained students from seven OEF-TS countries, and the Trans-Sahara Security Symposium civil-military course trained nearly 100 students
from four OEF-TS partner countries. Additionally, OEF-TS Civil-Military Support Elements have completed or are planning 79 humanitarian assistance projects.

In the last year, political conditions have allowed us to resume engagement with Mauritania, to include our efforts to build a CT company. Mauritanian security forces lack the capability to logistically sustain themselves during operations. Helping Mauritania develop a logistics capacity will provide Mauritanian security forces with the capability to push supplies and personnel to its forward-deployed CT companies, which operate hundreds of miles away in extremely austere territory. Through U.S. assistance, Mauritania will be able to sustain CT operations within
its borders and in partnership with other regional forces.

 Counter-terrorism Efforts in East Africa
In East Africa, U.S. Africa Command's CJTF-HOA conducts operations to counter violent extremists throughout the region to protect U.S. and coalition interests. In cooperation with other USG departments and agencies, CJTF-HOA focuses its operations on building regional security capacity to combat terrorism, deny safe havens, and reduce support to violent extremist organizations. It accomplishes these objectives through the use of Civil Affairs Teams, Seabee construction teams, military advisors, and by importing security courses of instruction.

U.S. Africa Command has focused the majority of its CT capacity building activities in East Africa on Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Uganda, which-aside from Somalia-are the countries directly threatened by terrorists. For example, in Kenya, the Command is assisting in establishing a Ranger Strike Force and a Special Boat Unit, which will become the country's primary CT and border security forces. SOCAFRICA completed training two companies of the Kenyan Ranger Strike Force, and our Special Operations Forces (SOF) maritime efforts have created a nascent Kenyan Special Boat Unit capability to enhance Kenyan maritime security. When completed, Kenya will have a
significantly improved capacity to counter the terrorist threat emanating from Somalia.
U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)
On 1 October 2009, the Secretary of the Army designated U.S. Army Africa as the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) to U.S. Africa Command. USARAF will be fully operational capable (FOC) as an ASCC in FY12, and has doubled in size during the last 15 months. USARAF is heavily involved in the professional development of African land forces, which remain the dominant military force in most African states. USARAF's goal is to help transform our partners' land forces into contributors to peace and stability, with the capabilities and capacities required to accomplish their missions in support of legitimate authority.

One of AFAFRICA's key programs is the Air Domain Safety and Security (ADSS) program, which is a long-term Air Force program of record with FY10 funding of $2.6 million. Funding is projected to grow to $3.1 million in Fiscal Year 2011.

AFAFRICA will expand ADSS significantly in 2010, by utilizing general purpose air forces and working together with USG departments and agencies and other partners to develop African capacity to provide regional air safety and security solutions to the civil and military air domains.

III. DESCRIPTION OF THE SEPTEMBER 11-12,2012, ATTACKS
The sequence of events in Benghazi on the night of September 11, 20 12, and the morning of September 12, 2012, have been widely described in media and other reports. There were effectively at least three different attacks against U.S. facilities in fewer than eight hours. Understanding the evolution and the sequence of attacks is important to provide the context in which Americans in Benghazi and Tripoli and U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., evaluated events as they unfolded
and fotrnulated operational and policy responses. Below are the key details about the three attacks.

1. Attack on the U.S. Temporary Mission Facility at Approximately 9:40p.m.
At approximately 9:40p.m. Benghazi time, on September 11, 2012, dozens of attackers easily gained access to the U.S. Temporary Mission Facility (hereinafter "the TMF," "the Mission facility," or "the Mission compound") by scaling and then opening the front vehicle gate.4

Over the course of the entire attack on the TMF, at least 60 different attackers entered the U.S. compound and can be seen on the surveillance video recovered from the Mission facility. 5 The
attackers moved unimpeded throughout the compound, entering and exiting
buildings at will.

After entering the Mission facility, the attackers used diesel fuel to set fire to the barracks/guard house of the Libyan 17tlt February Brigade militia, which served as a security force provided by the host nation for the Mission compound, and then proceeded towards the main buildings of the compound. 6 A Diplomatic Security (DS) agent working in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) of the Mission.


4 SSCI Transcript, Hearing on the Attacks in Benghazi, November 15,2012, p. 24.
5 James R. Clapper, Director ofNational Intelligence, Joint Statement for the Record, SSCI Hearing on the Attacks in Benghazi, November 15, 2012, p. 3.
6 Ibid.

facility immediately activated the Imminent Danger Notification System. 7 He also alerted the CIA personnel stationed at the nearby CIA Annex (hereinafter "the Annex"), the Libyan 17th February Brigade, the U.S. Embassy in Trifoli, and the Diplomatic Security Command Center (DSCC) in Washington, D.C.

There were five DS agents at the Mission compound that night. Two had traveled from Tripoli with U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens (who was staying at the Mission compound in Benghazi), and three others were assigned to the Mission facility. In addition to the five DS agents on duty, there were three armed members of the Libyan 17th February Brigade militia, three Libyan National Police officers, and five untrained members of a local security team contacted through a British company, Blue Mountain Group, who were guarding the Mission facility that night. In addition, six armed CIA security personnel (plus an interpreter) operating out of the nearby Annex were able to respond quickly after receiving word of the attack.

After the DS agent in the Tactical Operations Center at the Temporary Mission Facility alerted the Annex security team that TMF was under attack at 9:40 , the Chief of Base called the "who advised that he would immediately deploy a force to provide assistance," according to a September 19, 2012, cable that provided the joint CIA Station/Base report on the events surrounding the September 11-12 attacks.9

Two armored vehicles were prepared so the security team could respond from the Annex.  Approximately 20-25 minutes after the first call came into the Annex that the Temporary Mission Facility was under attack, a security team left the Annex for the Mission compound. In footage taken from the Annex's security cameras, the security team can be observed departing the CIA Annex at 10:03 p.m., Benghazi time.

During the period between approximately 9:40 p.m. and 10:03 p.m. Benghazi time, the Chief of Base and security team members attempted to secure assistance and heavy weapons (such as .50 caliber truck-mounted machine guns) from the 17th February Brigade and other militias that had been assisting the United States. 10 Then, the team drove to the Mission facility and made their way
7 NCTC and FBI, The 11-12 September Attacks on US Facilities in Benghazi, November 13, 2012, p. 3.

8 Ibid.
9 E-mail from "Fw: Subject: Eyes Only- Tripoli Station and Benghazi Base Report on Events of 11-12 September," containing CIA TRIPOLI 27900, September 19,2012, p. 2.
1° Classified Report of the Department of State Accountability Review Board (ARB), December 18,2012, p. 27.

onto the Mission compound in the face of enemy fire, arriving in the vicinity of the compound at approximately 10: 10 p.m. Benghazi time. 11 Meanwhile, a DS agent secured Ambassador Stevens and State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith in the "safe area" of the main
building of the Mission facility (Building C). The attackers used diesel fuel to set the main building ablaze and thick smoke rapidly filled the entire structure.

According to testimony of the Director of the NCTC, the DS agent began leading the Ambassador and Mr. Smith toward the emergency escape window to escape the smoke. 14 Nearing unconsciousness himself, the agent opened the emergency escape window and crawled out. He then realized he had become separated from the Ambassador and Sean Smith in the smoke, so he reentered and searched the building multiple times. 15

The DS agent, suffering from severe smoke inhalation, climbed a ladder to the roof where he radioed the other DS agents for assistance and attempted unsuccessfully to ventilate the building by breaking a skylight. 16 Other DS agents went to retrieve their M-4 carbine assault rifles from Building B when the attack began. When they attempted to return to the main building (Building C) to help protect the Ambassador, they encountered armed attackers and decided to return to Building B to take cover rather than open fire.

They eventually regrouped, made their way to a nearby armored vehicle, and then drove over to assist the agent on the roof of Building C searching for the 11 NCTC and FBI, The 11-12 September Attacks on US Facilities in Benghazi, November 13,2012, p. 4; E-mail from CIA Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) staff to Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence (HPSCI), et al., "Background Points used on 1 Nov," November 2, 2012, p. 1.


12 SSCI Memorandum for the Record, "Staff Briefing and Secure Video Teleconference (SVTC) with CIA Benghazi Survivors," June 27, 2013.
13 According to informal notes obtained from the CIA, the security team left for the Annex without the formal approval of the Chief of Base, see attachments to e-mail from CIA staff to CIA staff-
.-, September 23, 2012. However, a Memorandum for the Record prepared by the Deputy Chief of Base specifically states that the Chief" authorized the move" and the Chief told the Committee: "We launched [Quick Reaction Force] as soon as possible down to the State [Department] compound."
Memorandum for the Record, "Events of 11-12 SEP 2012 at Benghazi Base, Libya," September 19,2012, p. 1; and SSCI Transcript, Member and Staff Interview of former Chief of Base, December 20, 2012, p. 3.

14 SSCI Transcript, Hearing on the Attacks in Benghazi, November 15,2012, pp. 27-29.
15 NCTC and FBI, the 11-12 September Attacks on US Facilities in Benghazi, November 13,2012, p. 4.
 16 Unclassified Report of the ARB, December 18,2012, p. 22.

Ambassador and Mr. Smith. After numerous attempts, they found Mr. Smith, who was deceased. 17 The DS agents did not fire a single shot that night during the attack on the Temporary Mission Facility, according to testimony before the Committee. 18

Outside the compound, the security team asked 17th February Brigade members to "provide cover" for them to advance to the gate of the Temporary Mission Facility with gun trucks. The 1 th February Brigade members refused, saying they preferred to negotiate with the attackers instead. Eventually, the security team initiated their plan of assault on the Mission compound. Some members of the 17th February Brigade "jump[ed] into the vehicle" and "a few 17 Feb members follow[ed] behind on foot to support the team/' according to the informal CIA notes provided to the Cornmittee.19
When the security team from the Annex arrived on the grounds of the Mission facility, "the officers exchanged fire with the attackers."20 The CIA team carried         After pushing joined in the search for the Ambassador.

At approximately 11: 10 p.m. Benghazi time, an unarmed, unmanned DoD Predator surveillance aircraft, which had been diverted approximately one hour earlier by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from another intelligence collection mission in eastern Libya, arrived over the Mission compound and soon after 17 Charlene Lamb, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Programs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, Statement for the Record, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR), Hearing on the Security Failures of Benghazi, October 10, 4012, p. 6.


18 SSCI Transcript, Hearing on Security Issues at Benghazi and Threats to U.S. Intelligence and Diplomatic Personnel and Facilities Worldwide Since the Attacks, December 4; 2012, p. 67. However, on page 47 of its classified report, the ARB concluded: "While none of the five DS agents discharged their weapons, the Board concluded that this was a sound tactical decision, given the overwhelming degree to which they were outgunned and outnumbered: A decision to discharge their weapons may well have resulted in more American deaths that night, without saving lives. The multiple trips that DS agents and Annex security team members made into a burning, smoke-filled building showed readiness to risk life and limb to save "
19 See attachments to e-mail from CIA staff to CIA staff September 23, 2012.
2° CIA TRIPOL-I 27900, September 19,2012, p. 3.
21 SSCI Transcript, Benghazi Follow Up with Staff, May 22, 2013, p. 72.


 

Sept. 14, 2012, at 02:39, second tick says we know AQ (al Qaeda) participated in the attack

White House Benghazi Emails Released May 15 2013
 by: Jeffrey Dunetz on May 16, 2013
The Benghazi Inbox
 
Who is this second tick, that knew Al Qaeda participated in the Benghazi attack.

 
 
 
 

National Clandestine Service
Oh Look!  On Sept. 14, 2012, at 02:39, second tick says we know AQ (al Qaeda) participated in the attack. 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Monday, April 14, 2014

Chinese energy giant ENN Group, Senate Majority Leader Reid tip of the iceberg. American Oil and Land Sold to China. Wake up. Our county is being sold out right under our feet.

China grabs oil interests in USA
The first major intrusion of China in the U.S. oil and natural gas market can be traced to the Obama administration decision in October 2009 to allow state-owned Chinese energy giant China Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, to purchase a multi-million dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields.
By allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. oil and natural gas production, the Obama administration reversed a policy of the Bush administration that in 2005 blocked China on grounds of national security concerns from a $18.4-billion dollar deal in which China planned to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.
China’s two, giant, state-owned oil companies acquiring oil and natural gas interests in the USA are CNOOC, 100-percent owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and Sinopec Group, the largest shareholder of Sinopac Corporation, an investment company owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, incorporated in China in 1998, largely to acquire and operate oil and natural gas interests worldwide.
On March 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal compiled a state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the United States since 2010.
  • Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal.
  • Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.
  • Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5-billion deal.
On March 6, 2012, in a separate story, the Wall Street Journal described that China’s strategy implemented since 2010 by Fu Chengyu, who has served as chairman of both CNOOC and Sinopec, involved the following components: “Seek minority states, play a passive role, and, in a nod to U.S. regulators, keep Chinese personnel at arm’s length from advanced U.S. technology.”
Harry Reid and Chinese solar investments in Nevada
On April 3, 3012, Bloomberg reported Chinese billionaire Wang Yusuo, one of China’s richest citizens and the founder of Chinese energy giant ENN Group, had teamed up with Senate Majority Leader Reid to win incentives including land 113 miles southeast of Las Vegas that ENN sought to buy for $4.5 million, less than one-eighth of the land’s $38.6 million assessed value.
Bloomberg reported ENN intended to create solar energy farms on the Nevada land, despite the nearly 50 percent plunge in solar panel prices globally in the previous 15 months that led to the bankruptcy of solar equipment maker Solyndra LLC, which had received approximately $535 million in U.S. government loan guarantees.
Bloomberg further documented ENN had contributed $40,650 individually and through its political action committee to Sen. Reid over the previous three election cycles.
Subsequently, on Sept. 4, 2012, Breitbart.com reported lawyer Rory Reid, the son of Sen. Reid, had been appointed the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, fronting the bid by the Chinese company to build a $5-billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughton, Nevada.
A Reuters report published on Aug. 31, 2012, documented that Reid was recruited by ENN during a 2011 trip he took to China with nine other U.S. senators, supposedly to invite Chinese investment in the United States.
The Senate group accompanying Reid on his 2011 trip to China included six other Democrats and three Republicans: Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/reid-smelling-anything-but-rosy-in-ranch-fight/#PE5U6dehAjROe8K2.99
China grabs oil interests in USA
The first major intrusion of China in the U.S. oil and natural gas market can be traced to the Obama administration decision in October 2009 to allow state-owned Chinese energy giant China Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, to purchase a multi-million dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields.
By allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. oil and natural gas production, the Obama administration reversed a policy of the Bush administration that in 2005 blocked China on grounds of national security concerns from a $18.4-billion dollar deal in which China planned to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.
China’s two, giant, state-owned oil companies acquiring oil and natural gas interests in the USA are CNOOC, 100-percent owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and Sinopec Group, the largest shareholder of Sinopac Corporation, an investment company owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, incorporated in China in 1998, largely to acquire and operate oil and natural gas interests worldwide.
On March 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal compiled a state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the United States since 2010.
  • Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal.
  • Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.
  • Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5-billion deal.
On March 6, 2012, in a separate story, the Wall Street Journal described that China’s strategy implemented since 2010 by Fu Chengyu, who has served as chairman of both CNOOC and Sinopec, involved the following components: “Seek minority states, play a passive role, and, in a nod to U.S. regulators, keep Chinese personnel at arm’s length from advanced U.S. technology.”
Harry Reid and Chinese solar investments in Nevada
On April 3, 3012, Bloomberg reported Chinese billionaire Wang Yusuo, one of China’s richest citizens and the founder of Chinese energy giant ENN Group, had teamed up with Senate Majority Leader Reid to win incentives including land 113 miles southeast of Las Vegas that ENN sought to buy for $4.5 million, less than one-eighth of the land’s $38.6 million assessed value.
Bloomberg reported ENN intended to create solar energy farms on the Nevada land, despite the nearly 50 percent plunge in solar panel prices globally in the previous 15 months that led to the bankruptcy of solar equipment maker Solyndra LLC, which had received approximately $535 million in U.S. government loan guarantees.
Bloomberg further documented ENN had contributed $40,650 individually and through its political action committee to Sen. Reid over the previous three election cycles.
Subsequently, on Sept. 4, 2012, Breitbart.com reported lawyer Rory Reid, the son of Sen. Reid, had been appointed the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, fronting the bid by the Chinese company to build a $5-billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughton, Nevada.
A Reuters report published on Aug. 31, 2012, documented that Reid was recruited by ENN during a 2011 trip he took to China with nine other U.S. senators, supposedly to invite Chinese investment in the United States.
The Senate group accompanying Reid on his 2011 trip to China included six other Democrats and three Republicans: Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/reid-smelling-anything-but-rosy-in-ranch-fight/#PE5U6dehAjROe8K2.99
China grabs oil interests in USA
Jerome R. Corsi - WND

The first major intrusion of China in the U.S. oil and natural gas market can be traced to the Obama administration decision in October 2009 to allow state-owned Chinese energy giant China Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, to purchase a multi-million dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields.

By allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. oil and natural gas production, the Obama administration reversed a policy of the Bush administration that in 2005 blocked China on grounds of national security concerns from a $18.4-billion dollar deal in which China planned to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.

China’s two, giant, state-owned oil companies acquiring oil and natural gas interests in the USA are CNOOC, 100-percent owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and Sinopec Group, the largest shareholder of Sinopac Corporation, an investment company owned by the government of the People’s Republic of China, incorporated in China in 1998, largely to acquire and operate oil and natural gas interests worldwide.

On March 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal compiled a state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the United States since 2010.
 
"Cnooc and Nexen said in separate statements late Monday that they had completed the $15.1 billion acquisition after approvals from Canadian, U.K. and U.S. regulators, giving the third-largest Chinese oil and natural-gas company by output control over significant oilsand and shale-gas operations in Canada and crude-oil deposits beneath the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.  Hours before that, state-owned oil giant China Petrochemical Corp., or Sinopec Group, agreed to buy a 50% stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s CHK -1.10% Chesapeake Energy Corp.   Mississippi Lime venture for $1.02 billion. In 2010 and 2011, Cnooc bought into Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy's oil-rich shale fields in south Texas, as well as fields in Colorado and Wyoming. WSJ  Feb. 26, 2013."

•Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

"Sinopec buys shale interest from Devon for US$2.2b Sinopec Group, China's largest oil refiner, announced Tuesday one of its subsidiary has agreed to buy from Oklahoma-headquartered Devon Energy Corporation one-third of its interest in five new venture plays in the United States with a consideration of 2.2 billion U.S. dollars.
The Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration & Production Corporation (SIPC), one of the Chinese refiner giant's subsidiary, will acquire one-third of Devon's interest in Niobrara, Mississippian, Utica Ohio, Utica Michigan and Tuscaloosa, according to an agreement between the two companies.

Prior to this transaction, Devon had assembled 1.2 million net acres in the company's previously announced positions in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Niobrara, Mississippian, Ohio Utica Shale and the Michigan Basin.

The SIPC and Devon have recently added acreage in the Ohio Utica Shale, increasing their joint position in the play to 235,000 net acres. SIPC will reimburse Devon for drilling costs incurred prior to closing and acreage acquisition costs incurred subsequent to the effective date of the agreement.

SIPC will make a 900 million-U.S.-dollar cash payment upon closing and 1.6 billion U,S. dollars paid in the form of a drilling carry. The drilling carry will fund 70 percent of Devon's capital requirements, which results in SIPC paying 80 percent of the overall development costs during the carry period.  Based on the current work plan, Devon expects the entire 1.6 billion-U.S.-dollar carry to be realized by the end of 2014.  Through 2012, SIPC and Devon expect to drill about 125 gross wells in the five plays, according to the agreement.  china.org.cn Jan 4, 2012." 

•Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.

•Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.

•Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5-billion deal.

•Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5-billion deal with Devon Energy.

•Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.

•Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27-billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5-billion deal.

On March 6, 2012, in a separate story, the Wall Street Journal described that China’s strategy implemented since 2010 by Fu Chengyu, who has served as chairman of both CNOOC and Sinopec, involved the following components: “Seek minority states, play a passive role, and, in a nod to U.S. regulators, keep Chinese personnel at arm’s length from advanced U.S. technology.”

Harry Reid and Chinese solar investments in Nevada
On April 3, 3012, Bloomberg reported Chinese billionaire Wang Yusuo, one of China’s richest citizens and the founder of Chinese energy giant ENN Group, had teamed up with Senate Majority Leader Reid to win incentives including land 113 miles southeast of Las Vegas that ENN sought to buy for $4.5 million, less than one-eighth of the land’s $38.6 million assessed value.

Bloomberg reported ENN intended to create solar energy farms on the Nevada land, despite the nearly 50 percent plunge in solar panel prices globally in the previous 15 months that led to the bankruptcy of solar equipment maker Solyndra LLC, which had received approximately $535 million in U.S. government loan guarantees.

Bloomberg further documented ENN had contributed $40,650 individually and through its political action committee to Sen. Reid over the previous three election cycles.

Subsequently, on Sept. 4, 2012, Breitbart.com reported lawyer Rory Reid, the son of Sen. Reid, had been appointed the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, fronting the bid by the Chinese company to build a $5-billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughton, Nevada.

A Reuters report published on Aug. 31, 2012, documented that Reid was recruited by ENN during a 2011 trip he took to China with nine other U.S. senators, supposedly to invite Chinese investment in the United States.

The Senate group accompanying Reid on his 2011 trip to China included six other Democrats and three Republicans: Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/reid-smelling-anything-but-rosy-in-ranch-fight
Do your own research.  Find out for yourself, who is selling out America! 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Duke Energy and ENN are already thru EcoPartnership conducting field trials of voltaic solar panels in North Carolina

Duke Energy helped form a public private
EcoPartnership between Duke Energy, ENN Group and the cities of Charlotte and Langfang.

The signing ceremony took place on May 10th,
2011 at the U.S. State Department.

The EcoPartnership program is an effort
by the U.S. Department of State and the
Chinese National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC) to formally link U.S.
and Chinese stakeholders in a productive
exchange of knowledge and best practices in
the fields of clean energy and sustainability.
The EcoPartnership program was established as
part of the Ten Year Framework on Energy and
Environmental Cooperation, a set of agreements
through U.S. and China’s Strategic and
Economic Dialogue convened in Washington and Beijing every year.
The program’s goal is to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices between the two countries to stimulate innovation and develop solutions to a variety of pressing energy and environmental challenges.  As one of only a dozen such partnerships, Duke Energy’s EcoPartnership
is designed to help both public and private stakeholders leverage the experience and technical expertise of all parties to advance.

EcoPartnership Projects
Solar Power Development
Duke Energy and ENN are already conducting field trials of the ENN photovoltaic panels in North Carolina against a range of other types of panels to better understand how panel types, such as thin film, are affected by regional differences.  Going forward the companies would like to use these testing results to improve solar panel efficiency through a joint effort.
Community Energy Storage
Duke Energy and ENN will use ENN’s build out of the EcoCity to test community
and home energy storage. The companies can then compare and contrast the trial
results against Duke Energy’s field testing at the McAlpine substation to fine tune
critical functions like peak shaving for renewable power sources.
Smart Grid Technology and Management
Duke Energy and ENN will use their respective test sites at McAlpine and the
EcoCity to further understand the benefits and best practices associated with
various smart grid technologies. Everything from smart meters to communication
nodes will be closely monitored and analyzed to find the right mix of technology
and management techniques.

US signs a ten year partnership with communist china

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
Secretary Clinton Supports Expansion of U.S.-China
EcoPartnerships Program
May 11, 2011
 
On May 10, 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Xie

Zhenhua delivered keynote remarks at a U.S.-China EcoPartnerships signing ceremony at the Department of State. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and

International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo
Lewis also participated in the ceremony.

The United States and China signed the Framework for EcoPartnerships Under the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment in

Beijing in December 2008. The EcoPartnership Framework is aimed at developing new models of mutually beneficial voluntary arrangements between a range of

state, local, and private sector organizations, to promote energy security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability in both countries. Six EcoPartnerships

were established in 2008 with projects aimed at protecting the environment, developing new clean energy technologies, and sharing innovative techniques to make

both nations more energy efficient.

At the second U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing in May 2010, the United States and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Implementation of the Framework for EcoPartnerships. This Implementation Plan establishes key policies and procedures of the EcoPartnerships program, including the management framework, selection standards and procedures for new EcoPartnerships. 
 
Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (Beijing, China), Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (Beijing, China), and Institute of Applied Ecology (Shenyang, China).

Case Western Reserve University and the China National Off-shore Oil Corp New Energy Investment Co, Ltd. will work together to study, test and implement energy and environmental solutions.


The City of Charlotte and Duke Energy will form an EcoPartnership with the City of Langfang, Hebei Province, and ENN/Xin’ao Group to exchange policy best
practices (e.g., renewable portfolio standards), carry out joint demonstration projects (e.g., residential building efficiency demonstrations), and conduct trials for
innovative clean energy technologies (e.g., exploring more effective ways to deploy smart meters).

 
The six new EcoPartnerships signed at the May 10th ceremony were:
Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) with the China National Off-shore Oil Corp – New Energy Investment Co, Ltd. (Beijing, China);
Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC) and the city of Charlotte, NC, with ENN Solar Energy Group (Langfang, China) and the city of City of Langfang (China);
The State of Utah with Qinghai Province (China);
Center for Climate Strategies (Washington, DC) with Global Environmental Institute (Beijing, China);
United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (Austin, TX) with China Business Council for Sustainable Development (Beijing, China);
Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) with the Chinese.


Lynn Astle Cosmas Inc and Clinton
Cosmas, Inc., a Licensee of the Center for the Production of Nanome-ter Sized Metals, Alloys, Metal Oxides and Mixed Metal Oxide Powders.
 Amazingly, the company is only 16 months old, without any track record of success, yet it received a multi-million-dollar, taxpayerfunded jackpot. Many critics asked why. In a July article, the Las Vegas Review-Journal offered this answer:  Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Gov. Brian Sandoval were among the political leaders who lauded the company when it announced it would start making solar panels in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. Reid in
particular has pushed for solar energy research and development in Nevada, drawing parallels between the value of Nevada sunshine and Saudi Arabian oil.


Of course, Amonix was not the only Nevada-based green energy project to lurch into financial ruin. Nevada Geothermal, a renewable energy company that secured a $98-million federal loan guarantee, acknowledged in an SEC filing this summer that “material uncertainties exist which cast significant doubt upon the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

Similar to his dealings with Amonix, Sen. Reid was largely instrumental in securing government support for Nevada Geothermal. In fact, according to the New York Times, Reid “pressured the Department of Interior to move more quickly on applications to build clean energy projects on federally owned land and urged other member of Congress to expand federal tax incentives to help build geothermal plants, benefits that Nevada Geothermal has taken advantage of.”


And now, it seems Sen. Reid’s political status has influenced not only the green-energy agendas in his state but the financial interests
of Nevada’s largest law firm — where it just so happens his son is employed.


The Nevada senator recently initiated an online discussion, purportedly to address his annual energy summit, as an effort to persuade NV Energy, the state’s largest utility company, to ink a deal as ENN’s first customer. In the July 30 forum, Reid asserted that construction on the project “would start tomorrow if NV Energy would purchase the power.” The power company controls “95 percent
of all of the electricity that is produced in Nevada and they should go along with this,” he added.

In addition to Reid’s and his son’s questionable affairs with the ENN project, the Nevada senator has had other dubious political dealings within the clean-energy sector. American solar firm Amonix, for example, recently slipped into financial disarray after receiving $6 million in federal tax credits and a $15.6-million grant in 2007 for research and development.

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Harry Reid's son is the chief representative for a Chinese firm ENN which plans to accelerate development of solar power in the U.S.

 ENN steps into U.S. solar power with Duke Energy partnership

 
ENN vice chairman, Dr. Gan Zhongxue (left) shakes hands with Keith Trent, president of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses as they exchange copies of the joint development agreement signed at ENN’s Elephant Hotel today

October 23
LANGFANG, CHINA -- American energy provider Duke Energy and China’s largest clean energy
developer ENN are teaming up to build large-scale solar power plants in the United States.
Under an agreement signed here today, ENN and Duke Energy are beginning a partnership that could see the construction of vast solar farms and locally distributed generation solar projects, which produce electricity near where the energy is used.


“ENN and Duke Energy have very complementary strengths,” said Wang Yusuo, chairman of ENN. “We are both dedicated to the development and use of low-carbon, clean energy sources to combat the climate crisis facing all humanity.”

“This agreement shows China is on the front lines of the clean energy, conservation and emission reduction business. China has a long-history of importing technologies but we are reversing that trend,” said Mr. Wang.  Today’s signing flows from an agreement announced on Sept. 23 at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting where the companies pledged to work together to push the development of low-carbon and clean energy technologies.


(If you want solar panel farms all across the US then keep supporting the Democrats.)
 “When we announced our intent to collaborate last month, I said that we must move at ‘China speed’ to combat global warming,” said Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers. “Duke Energy’s partnership with ENN will not only accelerate the development of solar power in the U.S., but help achieve economies of scale and drive the cost of renewable energy down.”

Duke’s large share of the U.S. energy market and ENN’s world leading solar panels and system integration technologies are what brought the two companies together so quickly.
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“The partnership with Duke enhances ENN’s overseas expansion and the commercialization of our
technologies. It’s a great opportunity for ENN to prove and promote its clean energy solutions in U.S. market,” said Mr. Wang.  Dr. Gan, vice chairman of ENN Board of Directors, on behalf of ENN Solar Energy, along Keith Trent, president and group executive of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, and Wouter van Kempen, president of Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), signed the agreement at ENN’s Golden Elephant Hotel located in the Langfang Economic and Technological Development Zone.


DEGS owns and operates more than 630 megawatts (MW) of wind power projects in the U.S. and plans to add another 350 MW by the end of 2010.  ENN Solar Energy is an international company that produces world-leading silicon thin film solar modules. It has also created an innovative system of integrated solar power stations. It operates China's first silicon thin-film photovoltaic module production line. ENN Solar Energy’s PV modules are 5.7 m², among the largest in the world.
The production line’s capacity of the super-sized modules has reached 70 MW, which the company plans to expand to 500MW over the next two years. ENN Solar Energy’s PV modules have achieved eight percent conversion efficiency with further technological advances aiming to increase the conversion rate to 12 percent.

More information about ENN is available on the internet at: http://www.enn.cn/en/index/index.html.
 

China-Based ENN Group to Build Solar Power Projects in U.S.-MOU signed Sept. 23, 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting

ENN Group’s Wang Yusuo at Clinton
Global Initiative 2009
by Elliott Ng, posted in Companies
At the Clinton Global Initiative, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and ENN Group announced a partnership to
 
collaborate on clean energy development. At this point, the deal appears to be an agreement to share
 
information and a statement of intent to partner in various areas
 
 
Duke Energy and China-Based ENN Group to Build Solar Power Projects in U.S.
October 23, 2009

LANGFANG, CHINA --China-based ENN Group and Duke Energy will jointly develop commercial solar power projects in the U.S. Under an agreement signed today, ENN and Duke Energy will concentrate on two types of solar photovoltaic designs: large “utility-scale” solar farms and commercial distributed generation solar projects. Distributed generation systems produce electricity close to where the energy is used, rather than at large, central power plants.

This joint development agreement builds upon a memorandum of understanding announced Sept. 23 at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting at which time the companies
pledged to work together to accelerate the development of low-carbon and clean energy technologies.

“China is investing heavily in clean energy and we can make greater progress in the U.S. by joining forces and working together,” said Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers. “Duke Energy and ENN seek to not only accelerate the development of solar power in the U.S., but help achieve economies of scale and drive down the cost of renewable energy.”

“ENN and Duke Energy have very complementary strengths,” said ENN Chairman Wang Yusuo. “We are both dedicated to the development and use of low-carbon, clean energy
sources to combat the climate change crisis facing all humanity.”

Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, will team with ENN to develop, own and operate the solar projects.

The joint development agreement will expand DEGS’ existing investments in renewable energy – including wind and biopower – and commercial transmission. DEGS owns and
operates more than 630 megawatts (MW) of wind power projects in the U.S. and plans to add another 350 MW by the end of 2010. In the biopower market, DEGS is developing
wood-waste-to-electricity power plants in the U.S through ADAGE, the company it formed in 2008 with French-based AREVA.

Keith Trent, president and group executive of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, and Wouter van Kempen, president of DEGS, joined ENN Chairman Wang Yusuo and Vice

Chairman and Chief Scientist Gan Zhongxue in Langfang for the signing of the agreement.

About ENN:

ENN is committed to clean energy for China and the world. Since its founding 20 years ago, ENN has grown into an integrated group of companies that delivers clean energy to
 tens of millions of customers and provides overall clean energy solutions to city governments and heavy industry. ENN has more than 100 subsidiaries in over 80 cities across China and around the world, and employs more than 24,000 people.

ENN Solar Energy is an international company that produces world-leading silicon thin film solar modules. It has also created an innovative system of integrated solar power stations.

Additional information about ENN is available on the Internet at: http://www.enn.cn/en/index/index.html (http://www.enn.cn/en/index/index.html) .

About Duke Energy Generation Services:

Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS), part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative renewable energy solutions, including wind, solar

and biopower projects. DEGS builds, owns and operates electric generation for large energy consumers, municipalities, utilities and industrial facilities. DEGS is also working to
build commercial transmission capacity to help the U.S. meet its energy needs of the future.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company

is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com (http://www.duke-energy.com) .