Obama Invests $5 Million In Bullshit Energy

Tyler Durden's picture

Just when we thought we had seen the epic failure of every single possible "alternative energy" project by this administration, along comes the announcement that the USDA is investing $5 million in a "biogas anaerobic digester" that will use "cow manure to heat an ethanol plant and create 15 permanent jobs." Which for anyone confused, is roughly exactly what it sounds like. Perhaps if "Hope and Change" is a little passe now, a far more appropriate slogan for the 2012 Campaign will be "From Bullshit to Jobs, and Back Again."

From the Washington Examiner:

Western Plains Energy, LLC, a Kansas company, will use the money to "utilize waste energy resources from a local cattle feedlot to replace almost 90 percent of the fossil fuels currently used" at the plant.


"Projects such as this are a key part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above approach to American energy that is supporting the development and usage of renewable energy, revitalizing rural economies and creating an America built to last," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement touting this project as an example of the policies that cut dependence on foreign oil.


"Animal waste from a local feedlot will be the primary feedstock that Western Plains will use for the digester," USDA added. "Support for renewable energy projects such as these is an example of the many ways USDA is helping revitalize rural economies."


USDA expects the project to create 15 permanent jobs and 100 temporary construction jobs.

So how many shit shovelers does it take to run a "biogas anaerobic digester"? Apparently 15. At $333,333 a poop, pardon pop.

Sorry folks. We only wish this was a joke.

h/t Ralph

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kato's picture

sounds like a Homer Simpson scheme.

SilverDOG's picture




Sathington Willougby's picture

You know it takes two to lie.  One to lie and one to listen.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...and I am long horse shit.  Figures.

comrade pravda's picture

The investment should be in Ben Shit Energy.  There is no end to it.

Ben Shitter Bernanke: a tool who shits Benjamins to imply that the status quo works.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

I don't even mind the word “manure.” You know, it's, it's “nure,” which is good. and a “ma” in front of it. MA-NURE. When you consider the other choices, “manure” is actually pretty refreshing.

DeadFred's picture

  "How should we use this stuff? Energy? Mushrooms? Feed it to the sheeple?" It was a tough call but that's what leadership is about!

Beatscape's picture

Methane is over 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. The global warming from the cow flatulence (methane) will cancel out any positive effects from burning the cow shit. Zero sum game, my friends.

Xibalba's picture

Guaranteed this money is going to pad some ex-MFG client somewhere to keep quiet.  

Michael's picture

The current solar cycle is going to make a monkey out of the carbon credit environmentalist BO President. Did you see the sunspot number today? Have a nice time freezing to death in the coming years.


Richard Chesler's picture

Modify the digester to use what comes out of Obama's mouth and we'd really be in business.

Michael's picture

Did you mean, "The carbon tax environmentalist BO President"? Thank God his CCX scam failed too.

Troll Magnet's picture


Hey Tylers,
this should be on top of your front page for awhile.

For 15 days, Bitchez!

GetZeeGold's picture




We're going brown now.....clearly green was the wrong path.


We'll make a fortune off the crap tax credits.




RacerX's picture

Yep, Brown is the New Green.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Actually biogas works. Extremely cost-effective. Very low set-up costs. No danger. No smell. Less run-off into waters.

Only benefits all around, jokes aside.

On a net-net basis, it beats thorium hands down.



PY-129-20's picture

Absolutely right, ORI. It is quite common in Germany and is getting very popular among farmers. Seen one facility and was quite impressed. But this is Germany. We have sworn to live without nuclear energy and we have to come up with every possible idea.

See, we invested heavily in Solar technology when it wasn't produced cheaply in China. Now all these companies go bankrupt because they cannot compete with the Chinese anymore. A country like Germany with very few sunshine hours per day invested heavily into solar technology. But also Wind and Water. Using the elements to survive. Not bad at all. I am not a fan of nuclear energy myself, but I am not sure we can achieve that goal (to live without it).

At least, let us try. We've been inventive in the past. We'll find a solution.

Oh regional Indian's picture

It's the same here in India in many regards PY.

Even after seeing all the troubles of centralized mega power projects, the destruction of rivers by dams, the crazy situatiion with a thing like a grid and the great Tech-no-logical Indian mind....

Still, everyone is made to hunger for that power that flows from powerlines.

By the way, bio gas is excellent cooking gas.

Distributed everything is clearly the way to go, let's see, eh?


Jedi Longsabre's picture

If it is such a great idea, then why does it need $5 million of our tax dollars? I smell B....oh never mind.

Benjamin Glutton's picture

oh sure...let's whine about 5 million.


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Reagan took office 112 days later on January 20th, 1981. The debt on that date could be estimated as $907,701,000,000 plus 112 x $246,997,260.27, or $935,364,693,151.

Bill Clinton was the first president to slow the rate of the accrual of debt after the current out-of-control spending began with the Borrow and Spend Republicans in 1981.

The final amount of the senior Bush debt was $4,174,218,594,232.91 (according to http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np), and Clinton became president on January 20th, 1993. Bill Clinton saw $1,553,558,144,071.73 added to the national debt during the eight years of his presidency.

However, from the start of fiscal year 1994 (7 months after Clinton became president), until the start of fiscal year 2002 (7 months after Bush took office), the amount of money paid toward interest on the existing Federal debt was $2,767,282,794,374.59 (http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm).

Therefore, no amount of the national debt is attributable to Bill Clinton - his policies of higher taxes and reduced spending actually simultaneously reduced the debt and brought about the strongest economy since World War II, despite the fiscal disaster left in the wake of Reagan and the first Bush.

The debt was at $5,727,776,738,304.64 on January 19th, 2001, the last business day before George W. Bush took the office of president. The debt was at $10,628,881,485,510.23 on January 16th, 2009, the last business day before Barack H. Obama became president.

During his administration, George W. Bush
increased the national debt by $4,901,104,747,205.59
and personally approved of the creation of 46% of the entire national debt,
in only 8 years.

Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative", and through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch. Once Bush's policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy.

This means that all of the money spent to restore the economy, until it is restored, is also attributable to George W. Bush.

Further, with our interest payments on the current debt at almost half a trillion dollars per year, that amount will be attributed to Borrow-And-Spend Republicanism as well.

That means that Ronald Wilson Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, and George Walker Bush's borrow-and-spend Republican administrations oversaw, approved, or caused to be spent, almost all of the national debt, except for as much as $935,364,693,151.00.

The current calculation on the site is based on the U.S. Treasury's published Total Public Debt Outstanding as of Friday, April 06, 2012, when the debt was $15,618,640,279,582.90. On Tuesday, September 04, 2007, the debt was $8,995,145,905,720.62.

This means that with the current national debt around $15,634,720,284,792.50, we're adding $3,951,965,616.86 per day, or $45,740.34 per second.

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TheAntiBen's picture

No amount of debt is attributable to Bill Clinton?  Seriously?  You must mean except for the $1.395975 Trillion of debt he added to the US from 1993 to the end of his fiscal budget in 2001?  (source: http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16)

More_sellers_than_buyers's picture

People like you are the problem! Throw blame everywhere instead of fixing the problem step by step.  Why whine about 5 million? Ever try to go out and make five million in cash? It aint so easy jackass!

Mitzibitzi's picture

I agree. It's one thing setting up some time-limited tax incentives to cajole a private company to set up projects like this but entirely another to actually pay for it out of the public pocket. Even if 5 mil is pretty much chump change these days, particularly for an energy project.

On the plus side, and I ain't sticking up for the Kenyan here... it is an example of the general kind of thing that should have been started 10 or more years ago, if governments were actually rational about energy policy and not merely tools of big oil.

No-one who's ever done a bit of research into alternative sources of energy thinks there's a single replacement for oil anywhere on the near horizon, of course, but there are a whole bunch of ways to replace some of it, which buys us time while we think up ways to replace the rest. Trouble is, we should have started in on that years ago and thrown money at it while the paper still had some perceived value.

GeezerGeek's picture

Your post is itself deserving of a Federal grant, based on the amount of BS it contains. It's not so much what you said but what you left unsaid.

To address but one small paragraph, you wrote "Bill Clinton was the first president to slow the rate of the accrual of debt after the current out-of-control spending began with the Borrow and Spend Republicans in 1981. "

Read the Constitution and understand how the government works. Spending does not originate with the president - or at least not pre-2009. Spending originates in Congress. In 1981, the year Reagan took office, the Republicans controlled the Senate but the House, under Tip O'Neill, was solidly Democratic. Reagan wanted to reduce taxes and spending, if I recall correctly. Tip agreed, taxes were cut, but spending continued to rise, and not just on military rebuilding after the Carter fiasco. In other words, Tip refused to carry through on his promise.

Fast forward to 1995, when the Republicans took control of Congress. Newt Gingrich, then the Speaker, started talking about balancing the budget. I remember any number of instances where Clinton was caught on camera saying "We can't balance the budget in seven years", or "We can't balance the budget in nine years." Consummate politician that he was, he triangulated himself into a hero for balancing the budget although he fought it vociferously.

I won't even begin trying to defend either Bush, as both were fiscal disasters. Bush 1 did, of course, have to deal with a totally Democratic Congress. Bush 2 kept bringing people like Ted Kennedy in to help craft domestic policies, but the Republican Congress had been in DC long enough to go soft on the Contract With America principles and they were tossed aside in the 2006 elections. One should observe that the Pelosi-Reid duo took control of Congress in 2007 and within a year we were on the brink of disaster.

Who controls Congress used to be more important than who was president. Obama doesn't seem to care about listening to Congress, so perhaps it now is only important who is president.


tamboo's picture

ruggero santilli invented a method for safely neutralising nuclear waste,
and also a process for waste free nuclear fusion. not surprisingly he received numerous
threats and was forced to abandon his research.





tabasco71's picture

Its worse than that... once US gets as addicted to manure as it is to oil, it'll start breeding more cows and perpetuating the problem... not just zero sum... tail spin.

monoloco's picture

The cows are going to shit either way.

Max Hunter's picture

I don't even mind the word “manure.”

And right about this time is when she mentioned she had a boyfriend?

RafterManFMJ's picture

So China and India are ramping up to build Thorium reactors, and we are building Cow Shit Reactors? Really? I'm starting to think I'm trapped in some personal version of The Truman Show. This administration is so bizarre it cannot be real.  Think I'll go warm up my coffee by taking a shit in it.  Wonder if I can get a loan?

Sal34's picture

Yeah you really do sometimes just have to sit back and laugh at some (most) of humanity these days,

GeezerGeek's picture

You won't be laughing when GM comes out with a version of the Volt powered by sh*t. At least cowshit doesn't spontaneously ignite, at least not that I've ever heard of. The thing I wonder is if Obama will force suburban towns to alter the zoning to allow raising cows on one's property. I guess that would be ok with him as long as the cow owner didn't try giving raw milk to his neighbors. That would bring in the FDA swat team.

Are you kidding's picture

It's not bizarre if you remember WHY they're doing what they do...to steal taxpayer money...to get rich. Then it's simple to understand.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Yeah, there seems to be an oversupply of that in Washington DC, and very little demand. Perhaps a bailout is in order?

Conrad Murray's picture

Mix with straw, add spores, wait, harvest. Turn that frown upside down! (may induce uncontrollable laughing)

Barry Mcokiner's picture

Actually horse shit pays 2 to 1 over bull shit. For those keeping odds.

Van Halen's picture

Hysterical! Best comment of the day award!

mophead's picture

I hear that Kari Norgaard thought of the idea. She will be present to cut the ribbon on the first day of work.

SilverFish's picture

They hired her for her immense set of choppers.

The Disappointed's picture


You can't tell silicone implants when you see them?

The Other Dave in SF

Gavrikon's picture

just keep those chompers AWAY from my DICK!!!!

black calx's picture

ahahaha! that avatar is pure gold.

solgundy's picture

cut the shit...all these jokes is just more racism from ZH

Colombian Gringo's picture

Yeah 'Green' is the new ugly and so to be against Green is to racist....or sexist,.,, or is it anti gay???

sessinpo's picture

Sathington Willougby                           2329991

You know it takes two to lie.  One to lie and one to listen.



Not true. People lie to themselves everyday. Let me give you an example: "I am Bernanke and I am God."

Quite frankly you could insert many names in that line beside Bernanke. Just about every politician, movie star, music star, athelete, etc.

It's called hubris and often involves narcism.


Au_Ag_CuPbCu's picture

Sounds like udder bullshit!!!


Were these 15 permanent jobs including in the March jobs report? 

GeezerGeek's picture

Seasonal adjustments and the birth/death model made it +90015.