Secret Colorado Energy Lab Spawns Million Dollar Government Employee

Photo Credit: Watch DogThe federal government’s dream of a renewable energy empire hinges on a scrubby outpost here, where scientists and executives doggedly explore a new frontier.

If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted.

It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars.

And the public pays those decision-makers well: NREL’s top executive, Dr. Dan Arvizu, makes close to a million dollars per year. His two top lieutenants rake in more than half a million each and nine others make more than $350,000 a year.

But what is really going on there? Energy expert Amy Oliver Cooke drove out to the site, which looks something like Nevada’s Area 51 with its remote location and forbidding concrete buildings. NREL had started a construction project and Cooke wanted to see for herself. She didn’t get far: a man in an SUV seemingly appeared out of nowhere, stopped her car, and told her to leave.

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  • Obama proves more and more that he is a confirmed thief. People should ask how his personal wealth went from practically zero $ to multi millions in just four years on a $400 K per year salary. Doesn’t anyone care any more?

    • Dempseycoleman

      Not any Republican as far as I can see

  • Capt.America

    Parasites in High Places.

  • Dempseycoleman

    And where the Crap is the House Republican oversite I guess MIA
    I just wish I could see how History views the Republican Party after all this if America survives

  • Carol-Christian Soldier

    did an illustration of two taxpayers-on w/ a donkey on his back the other w/ an elephant on his back –it is on my blog side roll–for all to see how I feel–

    no difference in the two parties anymore–
    Carol-CS