HDC Response Following Partial Summary Judgment

Below is the written response from Dr. Norma Kreilein (pictured), head of the Healthy Dubois County, Inc. group following the partial summary judgment in favor of the City of Jasper in HDC’s on-going legal battle with the city over the legality of the lease of the former Jasper Power Plant.  This response is being posted in its entirety with no editing on the part of NNDC.


Dr_Norma_KreileinSeveral investors recently petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate the bioenergy industry regarding the following issues:

“1. The “clean energy” fallacy and related regulatory risks The bioenergy industry has been representing biomass power as a “clean” and “carbon neutral” energy source, even though its day-to-day operations emit greater quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) and, often, conventional air pollutants per megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated compared to coal and natural gas. These claims are sometimes outright misleading, or are otherwise based on speculation and assumptions.
2. Better bioenergy industry disclosure is needed to protect investor interests Without better disclosure of the risk factors facing a given company, many investors reading companies’ disclosure statements will lack a complete picture of the regulatory, operational, and financial risks associated with investment in bioenergy. Our review of disclosures is inspired and informed by the Commission’s 2010 Climate Guidance, which clarified the obligations of companies to accurately and completely report on financial implications of carbon emissions and regulatory developments related to climate change. “ (www.pfpi.net)

One target is Southern Company, which employed Jay Catasein as a Vice President from 1998-2000 before spinning off the eventually bankrupt and criminally-fined Mirant Corporation.

The research was done by Mary Booth, PhD, Partnership for Policy Integrity. Fifteen investors and groups–with assets totaling more than $100 billion–signed, including the following:

-Laura Berry, Executive Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (New York, NY)

-Sally Ann Brickner, OSF, Justice, Peace, and Ecology Coordinator, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (Fond du Lac, WI)

-Patricia A. Daly, OP/Executive Director, Tristate Coalition for Responsible Investment (Montclair, NJ)

-Steven Heim, Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC (Boston, MA)

-Adam Kanzer, Domini Funds (New York, NY)

-Nora Nash, OSF, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia (Aston, PA)

-Joy Peterson, PBVM, Promoter of Peace and Justice, Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters (Sinsinawa, WI)

-Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Capital Management (Boston, MA)

Note that investment firms and religious orders label as misleading marketing still preached by Catasein and the City of Jasper.

Matthew 25:40

Norma Kreilein MD FAAP

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