How Insurance Broker A.J Gallagher Cleans Up on Clean Coal Subsidies: Reuters

By | December 5, 2018

  • December 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    Agent says:
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    Sounds like a plan to me. Clean coal shows great promise and we have a lot of coal.

  • December 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    craig cornell says:
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    This is just awesome. An insurance brokerage firm making eye-popping profits because of government subsidies. That’s you and me and all the other taxpayers giving Gallagher those outrageous “profits” folks, thanks to our math-challenged friends in Washington.

  • December 5, 2018 at 4:27 pm
    Retired Agent says:
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    Wow what a scam this article details. The irony is that a few days ago you ran an article about the Kentucky State Employee Pension Plan’s troubles. I bet the pension plan never thought of the potential windfall profit from this subsidy, but instead were duped by KKR. Right now TVA is looking to close the Paradise power plant and throw miners out of work since the miners are expendable. I am a capitalist, but sometimes things like this are just wrong.

    • December 5, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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      But is this capitalism? I’m sure the Gallagher folks will say it is… but c’mon. The theories of capitalism fall apart here because the venture only works because of government money. Most would say this is some sort of Frankenstein version of socialism or more how business is run in modern Russia.

  • December 6, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Ron says:
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    Which party held the majority in both houses of Congress and the White House when this was passed and signed into law?

    • December 6, 2018 at 11:07 am
      Agent says:
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      Which party sought to shut the Coal Industry down completely for 8 long years and wasted all that money on Solar Panels, using Algae for energy and Wind Turbines which could only provide 5 or less per cent of the energy needs of the country?

      • December 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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        The coal industry should be shut down and replaced with cleaner sources of energy which provide safer, better paying jobs.

      • December 7, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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        Which Agent just skirted Ron’s question? Don’t try and deflect, Agent. We all know what you’re trying to do and you aren’t very good at it.

        • December 7, 2018 at 5:38 pm
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          It’s really fun to see the arrogance of people who are truly ignorant about how the media have lied about Climate Change, making it out to be a big Scary Monster.

          The math, the actual facts, the science you all say you believe in point to it being a manageable problem.

          But that won’t stop you from making fools out of your own ignorance. Hell, even the NY Times said the National Climate Assessment projected a worst case scenario of a 10% lower GDP 60 years from now.

          Think about that: our GDP will grow over the next 60 years to about 60 trillion instead of 65 trillion if we do nothing about greenhouse gasses. OH MY GOD! said the headlines. DIRE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES! (And that is the WORST case scenario.) In most other scenarios? Yawn.

          Keep it up, Scaredy Cats! You make me laugh out loud.

          • December 10, 2018 at 8:30 am
            Ron says:
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            And this is relevant to the conversation how?

          • December 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm
            Jerry says:
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            As usual, denial and claims of “Fake news” because anything that disagrees with your opinion you claim is fake. You constantly reference “facts” with no actual articles or documentation to back it up. Any of the dozen links I or anyone else might post, you’ll claim are fake because they’re from google, jeeves, yahoo, or any other search engine because by your belief they’re ALL biased. Craig, have you ever even considered that maybe the world isn’t biased, it’s just you? Have you ever even considered the possibility that Fox News may be lying to you? What if you’ve been wrong this whole time? Are is your denial so locked into your personality that it’s beyond the realm of possibility?

  • December 10, 2018 at 1:28 pm
    craig cornell says:
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    It was not relevant. Until someone brought up shutting down the coal industry. Which would be you. (Unless your point was just to kill jobs and had nothing to do with Climate Change. As if.)

    • December 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm
      Ron says:
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      It’s still not relevant because I did not say ANYTHING about climate change or killing jobs.

      I believe we should have a goal of expanding energy sources that do not poison our planet and keeps our citizens in jobs that are dangerous to them in the short and long term. I really don’t have a strong opinion on climate change, other than knowing it is occurring and has been occurring since the birth of our planet.

      • December 10, 2018 at 2:39 pm
        craig cornell says:
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        Fair enough. But your opinion that the industry should be shut down is totalitarian and ignorant of the fact that coal production is exploding in China, India and elsewhere around the world because it is cheap. Stopping coal production in the US only punishes people in the US and solves nothing. And so your proposal inherently requires poor people to pay more for energy when we shut down coal by government force. And coal mining is far safer in the US than ever before; maybe we should ask the coal miners about your proposal to have government subsidies from taxpayers in order to pay former coal miners to make solar wafers instead.

        • December 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm
          Ron says:
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          I am, by no means, proposing an immediate shutdown of coal. As cleaner, safer alternate technologies emerge and more companies enter, they will become more economical. See natural gas. As we show the rest of the world that energy can be created in a cleaner, safer and less expensive manner than coal, they will begin to transition as well.

          If we would train these poor people who do not live in coal country to work in the new industries, there will be more jobs for them.

          • December 10, 2018 at 4:13 pm
            craig cornell says:
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            Who is “we” that is going to do this training? The Chinese? You act as if money grows on trees, as if coal miners are waiting for good people like you to spend other people’s money chasing rainbows. I have news for you: coal miners don’t hate themselves for being coal miners. They are proud of it.

          • December 11, 2018 at 11:14 am
            Ron says:
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            How about we repeal the tax cut for the wealthy and reallocate those funds to training. That would provide a greater return on our investment.
            Gang members and the mafia are also proud of their jobs. That does not mean there are better and safer jobs that could be doing that provide more income.
            We need to start thinking beyond 2 feet in front of our faces. We need to plan for the future, not live in the past.

          • December 11, 2018 at 11:15 am
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            Correction: “…there are NOT better and safer jobs…”

  • December 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm
    craig cornell says:
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    Poor Jerry. Ad hominem attacks that reveal his complete ignorance of the topic. Let me know when you want to discuss facts around Climate Change, Jerry. That would be fun for me, but probably not for you.

    • December 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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      I don’t understand, you responded to nothing that I said. You don’t want to discuss facts, you want to yell your opinion from the mountain top while ignoring anything that contradicts your beliefs. You don’t want discussion, you want fascism Craig, and no one on this forum is fooled by the biased nightmare that is your opinion.

      • December 11, 2018 at 3:43 pm
        craig cornell says:
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        Still looking for a comment from Jerry about Climate Change that is based on fact and not opinion. Still looking. (Keep on trying to ban me. It is your only hope!)

    • December 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm
      Captain Planet says:
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      Jerry may be thinking something along this lines of, oh I don’t know, this?

      NOVEMBER 9, 2018 AT 5:33 PM
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      I simply enjoy being insulted by people who have no ideas or insight to offer . . .



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