s skippy the bush kangaroo: taxpayers are stimulating bp

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Monday, August 30, 2010

taxpayers are stimulating bp

via government stimulus funds.

the federal government is giving a joint venture involving oil giant bp millions of dollars in stimulus money to build a power plant on farmland near the tiny kern county town of tupman, even as the company faces heavy government pressure and a criminal probe into the gulf of mexico oil spill.

bp is benefiting from a $308 million federal grant over several years for the cutting-edge power plant on cotton and alfalfa fields seven miles from the western edge of bakersfield. more than half of the money, $175 million, is coming from stimulus funds. the rest is coming from another federal program.

the stimulus portion alone ranks as the second biggest award in california to a corporation and among the largest in the country benefiting private interests, according to data reported to the government by stimulus recipients.

the u.s. department of energy announced the grant last year to hydrogen energy california, a joint partnership of bp and the multinational mining firm rio tinto**, and has paid out $13.6 million so far. the money continues to flow even as the obama administration bills bp for the massive costs of the oil spill. - california watch

**which has been banned by norway for environmental concerns.

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