President elect Trump 2016

(Built when Trump was President elect Trump)

The Cabinet Members And Officials Of A Trump Presidency

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

Part I of III - Sun, 20 to 24 November 2016

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

Part II of III - 25 November to 12 December 2016

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

Part III of III - 13 to 31 December 2016

Trumps Plans Within The First 100-days To First Year Of Office As President

1 January to 28 February March 2017



Trump adds two names to his team while in Florida


“President-elect Donald Trump is spending Black Friday in South Florida, mulling transition issues that include a new White House counsel, a new deputy national security adviser, a prospective Commerce secretary, a public battle over the secretary of State's job, and talks with an Indiana air conditioning company that is planning to move jobs to Mexico.


Officially, Trump filled two staff slots on Friday, naming veteran Washington, D.C., campaign finance attorney Don McGahn as White House counsel and Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland as deputy national security adviser.


In picking McGahn to be the presidential lawyer, Trump said in a statement that "Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law. He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.”


Citing Trump's pledge to crack down on government corruption, McGahn said in a statement put out by Trump's transition team that the president-elect "is a bold leader committed to draining the swamp in Washington and restoring economic prosperity and security."


One of McGahn's presumed duties: Helping Trump navigate possible conflicts between his duties as president and his business interests worldwide.


McFarland, a veteran national security analyst and Fox News commentator, will serve as deputy to National Security Adviser-designate Michael Flynn. "She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe," Trump said of McFarland.


An official during the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan administrations, McFarland has in more recent years echoed Trump's and Flynn's criticisms of President Obama's foreign policy, particularly when it comes to combating terrorism. McFarland also ran unsuccessfully in 2006 for the U.S. Senate. a seat then held by future secretary of State and Trump election rival Hillary Clinton.


"So proud & honored to have KT McFarland as part of our National Security team," Flynn himself tweeted.


In her statement, McFarland said that "nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it."


As for the Cabinet, Trump is expected to eventually nominate billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as secretary of Commerce, officials familiar with the transition said, a decision that reflects his campaign against existing free trade agreements. The officials would not be named because they were not authorized to speak on the record.


Ross has been an opponent of free trade deals he says have shipped jobs overseas, and the private investor also co-authored an infrastructure financing plan that Trump is studying. During the campaign, Ross told CNBC that he backed Trump because "middle class and lower middle class America has not really benefited by the last 10 to 15 years of economic activity and they're sick and tired of it and they want something different."


Critics describe Ross as the "king of bankruptcy," saying his strategy has been to buy, re-structure, and sell off companies, from fading steel mills and coal mines to failed banks.


The nominee for deputy secretary of Commerce is likely to be Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, a member of a prominent family of conservative donors.


Trump is expected to make two staffing decision on Friday, but no Cabinet picks, said transition spokesman Jason Miller, The president-elect is scheduled to resume interviews of prospective appointees on Monday, aides said. That includes a meeting with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has been mentioned for a homeland security post.


In other Trump Cabinet developments, former Republican primary rival Ben Carson and aides say he is considering an offer to join Trump's team. The New York businessman said earlier this week he was likely to offer Carson the post of housing and urban development.


The president-elect spent Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Fla. He is expected to return to New York sometime this weekend.


Trump and aides are also overseeing a internal debate over who should be his secretary of State.


One candidate, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is drawing opposition from prominent Trump surrogates like Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. They and others cite Romney's outspoken criticism of Trump during this year's Republican primary battle, such as labeling the New York businessman a "fraud" and a "phony."


Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway joined in the fray over the Thanksgiving holiday, tweeting: "Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state."


Another secretary of State candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, strongly backed Trump during the campaign, but his overseas business interests have made him a target of criticism. Trump is said to be considering other candidates for secretary of State. They include Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


While deciding who should head his diplomatic team, Trump has spent part of the holiday weekend taking calls from foreign leaders. The transition team put out a list Friday saying that in recent days Trump has spoken with the leaders of Greece, Hungary, Panama, Slovenia, and Sweden.


Trump himself has also stayed busy on social media over the holiday, saying in one missive that he is trying to prevent Carrier from moving jobs at an air conditioner manufacturing plan in Indiana to Mexico. "I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!"


Carrier responded via the company Twitter account, saying that it "has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together. Nothing to announce at this time."


Trump's involvement in talks with Carrier drew criticism from a Republican lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amish of Michigan. "Not the president (-elect)'s job," Amish tweeted. "We live in a constitutional republic, not an autocracy. Business-specific meddling shouldn't be normalized."”


Donald Trump Has Options for Undoing Obama’s Climate Legacy


November 25, 2016


“President-elect Donald J. Trump has vowed to dismantle many of the signature policies put in place by the Obama administration to fight the effects of climate change.


During the campaign, he threatened, among other things, to kill the Clean Power Plan, a set of rules to reduce emissions from power plants. He has also taken aim at new regulations to limit methane leaks from wells and pipelines. And members of his transition team have suggested that he may reduce or eliminate basic climate research at NASA or other agencies.


If he follows through, most of these moves will be opposed by environmental groups, by Democrats in Congress and perhaps even by some Republicans. But Mr. Trump will have several tools to begin nullifying the Obama climate agenda.


One of them is the little-known Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, a small outpost within the executive branch that has, since the Clinton administration, been the last stop for many regulations before they go into effect.


Lawyers in the office pore over thousands of pages of federal regulations daily and pride themselves on meticulously reviewing the fine print, even if that takes months or years.


Under the control of the new administration, the office could slow President Obama’s latest regulatory initiatives by repeatedly sending them back for additional work.


“It has been a brake on agency regulation throughout its lifetime,” said Jody Freeman, a professor at Harvard Law School and an expert on environmental regulation. “Some presidents have used it as more of a brake than others.”


Much remains to be learned about the president-elect’s environmental policy goals, and some of his views appear to have shifted.


Mr. Trump, who has claimed that global warming is a hoax, said this week in an interview with The New York Times that he now saw “some connectivity” between humans and climate change, and that he would “keep an open mind” about whether to pull out of the Paris climate accord, as he threatened to do during the campaign.


Yet at the same time, some key positions on his transition team are occupied by people with a long history of rejecting the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change.


Other than climate change, there are numerous environmental issues that he has never talked about and that he might be content to leave untouched. And once agency heads are in place, they may choose very different tactics from those discussed during Mr. Trump’s campaign or by his advisers. Two people considered to be in the running to head the Environmental Protection Agency — Jeffrey R. Holmstead, an energy lobbyist, and Robert E. Grady, a venture capitalist — also have experience in the complex machinations of the federal government.


“Every new administration comes in with an overestimation of what it can accomplish and how quickly it can accomplish it,” said Kevin Ewing, a partner at Bracewell, a Washington law firm.


If Mr. Trump does decide to withdraw from the Paris agreement, he will find it difficult: The accord went into force this month. He would also encounter tremendous obstacles were he to try to dismantle the E.P.A., another campaign threat.


But he may have an easier time abandoning other climate initiatives, including a United Nations-backed program to reduce the environmental impact of international air travel beginning in 2020. The United States has only informally committed to participate in the program, and the new administration could refuse to make that commitment legally binding.


One of the most powerful methods to hobble Mr. Obama’s domestic environmental initiatives would be to block financing for the E.P.A. and other agencies.


“Congress can always pass an appropriations rider that for one year prevents any funding for the implementation or enforcement of a particular regulation,” said Scott H. Segal, a partner and director of the policy resolution group at Bracewell. Riders can be passed year after year, effectively neutering a specific regulation, Mr. Segal said.


Such an approach can be “stealthier” than trying to undo the regulation itself, Professor Freeman said. “You don’t have to repeal these statutes,” she said. “You just have to make it impossible to implement them.”


Another opening for Mr. Trump lies in regulations that were proposed by the Obama administration but are still technically “in motion.” In theory, he could pull back or block these rules.


But a departing administration can also use a regulation’s “in motion” status to its own advantage. Last week, the Obama administration banned drilling in the Alaskan Arctic under the Interior Department’s proposed five-year plan regulating oil and gas leases. Republicans could kill the plan. But to do so would mean crafting a replacement, a process that could take two years or more.


Last week, the White House unveiled a sweeping plan to try to stiffen environmental regulations before Mr. Obama leaves office. Environmental groups can be expected to fight any efforts to undo them.


“Donald Trump can’t just snap his fingers and change climate policy,” said David Goldston, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We have ways to thwart him in Congress and the courts that we could employ.”


The approach the Trump administration takes will depend in part on the status of specific rules and regulations.


Some environmental policies — like “guidance” issued by the White House earlier this year, instructing agencies to consider the effects of climate change when conducting environmental reviews — do not have the force of law that agency regulations do, and can be abolished with a pen stroke. Undoing a regulation is more complicated. Some of the E.P.A.’s new methane rules are completed, for example, but other rules, both at the E.P.A. and at the Interior Department, are not and can simply be abandoned.


If a rule is final, the options are different. The new administration cannot just rescind these regulations, but it can order agencies to revisit them. That reopens the rule-making process, however, including the opportunity for public comment. Any revisions or replacement regulations must have a basis in facts and a cost-benefit analysis, not politics or ideology.


There are other potential options for specific regulations. The Clean Power Plan, for instance, is completed but not yet in effect because of a judicial stay imposed while legal action against it plays out in a federal appeals court in Washington. If there is no ruling by Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, Mr. Trump’s Justice Department can ask the court to put the case in abeyance, effectively extending the stay indefinitely.


“In some respects, this is in the Department of Justice’s hands,” said Tom Lorenzen, a lawyer at Crowell & Moring who argued against the plan before the appeals court. “They will make a determination of how they want to proceed.”


Mr. Segal said the Republican Congress might also be able to overturn some recently completed regulations under a law that gives both houses up to 60 legislative days to reject them. That law, the Congressional Review Act, usually comes into play only when the party of the incoming president is different from the departing one’s and the same party controls both houses, as is the case now.


William K. Reilly, a Republican who was E.P.A. administrator under President George Bush, said Mr. Trump needed to be careful about whom he picked for the top jobs in each department.


He cited the Reagan administration’s experience with Anne Gorsuch, who incurred the wrath of politicians of both parties when, as administrator of the E.P.A., she cut the agency’s budget by more than 20 percent, gutting research and regulatory enforcement. She resigned under fire in 1983 in the midst of accusations that she had mismanaged a hazardous waste cleanup program.


“The administration got badly burned by discounting the sensitivities and public support for what the E.P.A. protects us from,” Mr. Reilly said. “It’s a public health agency above all.””

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Trump’s term limits promise faces its own limits on Capitol Hill


“Of all the promises made on the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to pass a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress might be the most daunting.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed the idea out of hand the day after Trump’s stunning victory, and a few days later, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) gave the proposal a tepid endorsement as he indicated it would be up to a House committee to consider Trump’s proposal.


The reticence of both Republican leaders on the issue is not surprising given their long tenures in Congress. McConnell has served in the Senate since 1985, and he is one of just five sitting senators to have served more than three decades. With almost 18 years under his belt on Capitol Hill, Ryan would essentially be booted out of office under almost every term-limit proposal that has been floated in the past 25 years.


Democrats generally oppose term limits, making it difficult to see a path toward the two-thirds supermajority required to pass a constitutional amendment that would get sent to the states for ratification.


What remains to be seen is whether Trump uses the presidential bully pulpit to continue pressuring Congress to adopt the idea, along with other ethics and lobbying reform proposals he unveiled last month in a campaign speech in Colorado.


“If I’m elected president I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. They’ve been talking about that for years,” Trump said at the time. “Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing must and will come to an end.”


The resurrection of term limits is all part of Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” agenda, aimed at cleaning up what he sees as a rigged system in Washington ruled by lawmakers with close bonds to K Street. But if the new president follows through with some of his proposals, and continues his fiery anti-establishment campaign rhetoric, he could end up alienating the very Republicans he needs to help pass his other ambitious proposals on taxes and border security.


Some Trump allies are more interested in satisfying the president-elect’s campaign pledge to limit House members to just three two-year terms and senators to two six-year terms.


“Once President-Elect Trump takes the oath of office, he must take action on this key promise to the American people,” Philip Blumel, president of U.S. Term Limits, a leader of the movement for several decades, said after the elections. “This is a sure way to help unify a divided nation.”


The term limits movement gained momentum in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as 23 states passed legislation trying to impose a limit on how long members of Congress could serve. But the Supreme Court struck down those laws in a ruling making clear that the only limits to congressional service were spelled out in the Constitution, which would have to be amended to pursue change.


The term-limits movement, which drew more support from conservatives than liberals, started its growth during an era when Democrats had a powerful hold on the congressional majorities — controlling the House from 1955 to 1995, while holding the Senate for all but six of those 40 years.


But when Republicans retook the congressional majority in the 1994 midterms, a new era of competition took hold. The Senate majority has flipped four times in the past 16 years, and the House majority has changed hands twice in the past decade.


That took much of the wind out of the sails for term limits.


“We have term limits now — they’re called elections,” McConnell said the day after the election. He said there would be no consideration of the proposal in the Senate.


Of the 100 senators, 64 have served in their seats less than 10 years, marking a generational transformation that has happened just twice in the past 100 years, first after World War II and then in the years after the Watergate scandal.


A decade ago, 17 senators had served more than 25 years in the chamber; today, just nine have served at least a quarter century.


And even though incumbents still win more than 90 percent of their reelection races, almost no one is completely safe in this turbulent political era. McConnell has faced two difficult elections in his most recent campaigns, 2008 and 2014, and outgoing Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) stood down a very difficult challenge in 2010 and would have faced another this year had he not opted for retirement.


Even Republicans in the most conservative states no longer feel entirely safe, because their party’s deepest conservative activists have regularly supported primary challengers to those seemingly entrenched lawmakers. Earlier this year, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a 30-year veteran, spent more than $10 million to defeat a primary challenge from the right.


The House has had a similar turnover. More than 240 of the 435 current members of Congress have only served since January 2009, when President Obama first took the oath of office.


Embarking on his 10th House term in January, Ryan has a more complicated view of term limits. “I’ve always supported term limits,” he said during last week’s weekly news conference. “I’ve long been a fan of term limits. I don’t know where other members stand, but I’ve always been in favor of that.”


Ryan repeated this view over the years, including during a town hall in 2012 when he was the Republican vice-presidential nominee. “I’ve always believed that this should be something that you serve [temporarily], not for an entire lifetime,” he said.


But he also explained that states benefit when they have lawmakers with real clout, and that the only way to enact term limits was through a constitutional amendment defining lengths of service for all lawmakers.


The speaker said last week that the issue would be up to the House Judiciary Committee to handle, declining to specify whether such legislation would ever get a vote in the full House.


Trump could decide to try to shame lawmakers into at least voting on a proposal. He was the least popular person to ever win a major party’s presidential nomination, but the public disgust with Congress is epic, giving it an approval rating that has hovered in the low teens for six years now.


“We’re going to put on term limits, which a lot of people aren’t happy about, but we’re putting on term limits,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired a few days after the election.


However, it is unclear how potent this issue is. Of all the Senate campaigns in 2016, just one candidate regularly touted support for term limits: Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), who used the issue against Sen. John McCain (R), a 30-year veteran of the chamber.


McCain, 80, won his sixth term in the Senate by more than 12 percentage points.”


This will not be easy and up to a committee of senior politicians.


“These Charts Show That Trump Is Bringing the 1990s Back to Markets


Donald Trump's election as U.S. president is driving global markets to levels not seen in nearly two decades — but in completely different directions. And the "polarization'" of emerging and developed markets is all part of "Trump reflation,'' argues Divya Devesh, a foreign-exchange strategist at Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore.


.,,,,,,,,, Malaysia's ringgit plunged on Tuesday to be less than 1 percent from the 4.48 per dollar it reached in September of last year, the weakest level since the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. ........................................


It's all feeling a lot like the last time the Clintons were having to step away from power —  oil is again struggling to climb from multi-year lows as OPEC seeks to corral crude producers inside and outside the organization to curb supply, the yen is again (for now) the best-performing G-10 currency for the year.


............ All four major U.S. equity benchmarks — the S&P 500 Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite Index and the Russell 2000 Index — climbed together to record peaks this week. The surge, which was helped by rallies in commodities, has taken place simultaneously for the first time since 1999.”


To contact the author of this story: Narae Kim in Hong Kong at


To contact the editor responsible for this story: Garfield Clinton Reynolds at, Tracy Alloway


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From my sister Kathy about the ACA - November 27, 2016


So glad that Trump got elected.  You probably are too.  Uncle Coke seems to be the only one in the family who voted the other way.  It’s beyond me how anyone could think that Hillary would have been the better choice.  I know neither of them was a Ronald Reagan but if you had to choose between them I believe that Trump was the better choice.  I am looking forward to seeing what he is going to put together for insurance.  Because the premiums went up so much for the coming year we won’t be able to have it now.  Instead I am enrolling into a Christian coop that qualifies under the Obama Care stipulations.  It will be fine unless I have anything come up that was pre existing.  They won’t cover that until your third year in the program.  But after that it is covered at 100%.  Only a $500 deductible per person for the whole year.  Anything that is not pre existing is covered 100% the very first year after your deductible.  So it’s a pretty good plan and am so happy I found it.  It’s only going to cost me $300 a month for Carl and I. My two boys and ones wife is covered under the Oregon Health care program because their low income.


The ACA on its way out, markets acting like it is 1999 and foreign policy about to change, coupled with immigration laws enforced, while a Bill will be drafted by the congress, spearheaded by Trump's Administration.


Inter State insurance commerce allowed will change a lot.


I'm hoping for a Guest Workers Program, Visa tracking, wall/fence and doors for migration of animals and Regional Training Facilities along the boarder in side Mexico.


Cancelation of detain and release policies and get rid of illegal alien criminals.


November 28, 2016


The Shell Oil Pipe Line that has had so much debate over the years once President elect rump becomes President will be approved.

Thirty five thousand plus high paying jobs will be welcomed by those with trades like welding, heavy equipment operators, commercial drivers of dump trucks, and as well, sand and gravel companies, oil tube manufacturers and oil industry personnel.


Folks are still worried about destruction to the echo system or water tables, all legitimate concerns if the pipe doesn’t have four layers of steal re in forcemeat, with two out side separate compartments, say six inches apart in side every section of pipe, all painted as constructed in the yard, tube after tube, all compartments welded together, 40’ feet at a time on sight.


Pipes go under ground at least ten feet to prevent terrorist acts and route the pipe so it doesn’t interfere with sensitive areas, and when the pipes do, in case them in cement.


Dirty Shell oil could be mediated to a degree by determining its best use, whether it is diesel, plastics, pavement, dirt roads (mostly liquor these days), enclosed trough solar thermal system or used for ship fuels.


In all that we do, we are the Stewarts of our own environment, so mediating pollutant concerns or echo system/water table miss haps is only prudent.


“Industrial applications of all types of Solar thermal energy (STE) may not be as cost affective as thought. At any case, the Ivanpah solar tower electric power plant is totally uneconomical, despite costing $2.2 billion to build. Google is a major shareholder, so at least they could afford to foot the bills for their high-priced bird-burner. Google would much rather use taxpayer dollars to burn birds alive than foot the costs themselves. Being good businessmen and women they sought and got a $1.6 billion dollar taxpayer funded loan, presumably because no bank on the planet would touch the project. And if the banks wouldn’t touch it, why should you and I? But that’s not enough for these greedy green pluted bloatocrats. Now, they are applying for a $539 million dollar GIFT of your and my taxpayer money in order to repay the money that you and I already lent them … we should give them the money to repay ourselves?”


President Trump I hope doesn’t do what President Obama, did, throwing 500 million away on one solar panel manufacturer in the U. S. who closed because it couldn’t compete against China. I read the Energy Department thought it was a licensed bank, bank rolling several failed multi million dollar bone dongles. The EPA should not be in the business of trying to manipulate the market in favor of renewable of fossil fuel energy.


A national solar panel and heating lease program that creates revenue to save on electricity and heating costs, while creating enough cash to pay a lease or purchase payment for solar and heating equipment sounds great.


Tax credits are another great incentive to invest in renewable energy technologies’.


If you do the math, the Ivanpah solar tower electric power plant is totally uneconomical,  costing $2.2 billion to build and now its owners are applying for a $539 million dollar GIFT of our taxpayer money in order to repay the money that you and I already lent them … we should give them the money to repay ourselves?”


Of course not. It’s these kinds of decisions if approved, that Trump was talking about when he refereed to in component people in our federal government, in capable of making decisions’ based on economics and, not some green ideology that says spend first, then will we see if it works.


The same mentality that Democrats used in passing the ACA, “Obama Care, we must pass the Bill first to see what’s in it.”


President elect Trump has exclaimed he will put a stop to wasteful spending on foolish adventures our federal government has no business being involved in unless your willing to bring into existence the Federal Renewable Reserve Depository, its primary mission to create wealth through investing in and partnering with corporations and U. S. Citizens county and perish wide, through out America utilizing municipal bonds when ever a new power plant, mass transit system, urban or rural housing and or Planned Community District is created.


The following is meant as a tutorial and is covered in more detail at the web site hosting the report.


Energy Quest Encyclopedias, “Energy Efficient Devices and Products,” a book I wrote years ago would have, if it had ever been given support, revolutionaries marketing renewable energy technologies and associated federal tax credits, county and perish, town and city and farm installations regulations for wind mills, solar panels and solar heating products to include industry type power plants.


The Ivanpah solar tower electric power plant is addressed at the close of this report on

Solar thermal energy (STE)


Solar thermal energy (STE) is a form of energy and a technology for harnessing solar energy to generate thermal energy or electrical energy for use in industry, and in the residential and commercial sectors. I once thought the Ivanpah solar tower electric power plant might be a good beginning in introducing Solar Fossil Fueled Power Generation.

Low-temperature solar heating and cooling systems


HVAC, Solar air heat, Passive solar building design, Thermal mass, Trombe wall, Solar chimney, Solar air conditioning, and Seasonal thermal energy storage.


Systems for utilizing low-temperature solar thermal energy include means for heat collection; usually heat storage, either short-term or interseasonal; and distribution within a structure or a district heating network. In some cases more than one of these functions is inherent to a single feature of the system (e.g. some kinds of solar collectors also store heat). Some systems are passive, others are active (requiring other external energy to function)” (Ref. [2]).


Ref. 2 - Norton, Brian (2013). Harnessing Solar Heat. Springer. ISBN 978-94-007-7275-5.


Low-temperature collectors - Solar thermal collector


Glazed solar collectors are designed primarily for space heating. They recirculate building air through a solar air panel where the air is heated and then directed back into the building. These solar space heating systems require at least two penetrations into the building and only perform when the air in the solar collector is warmer than the building room temperature. Most glazed collectors are used in the residential sector.

Heat storage in low-temperature solar thermal systems.


Seasonal thermal energy storage


Interseasonal storage. Solar heat (or heat from other sources) can be effectively stored between opposing seasons aquifers, underground geological strata, large specially constructed pits, and large tanks that are insulated and covered with earth.

Short-term storage. Thermal mass materials store solar energy during the day and release this energy during cooler periods. Common thermal mass materials include stone, concrete, and water. The proportion and placement of thermal mass should consider several factors such as climate, daylighting, and shading conditions. When properly incorporated, thermal mass can passively maintain comfortable temperatures while reducing energy consumption.


Solar-driven cooling - Solar air conditioning


Worldwide, by 2011 there were about 750 cooling systems with solar-driven heat pumps, and annual market growth was 40 to 70% over the prior seven years


Solar heat-driven ventilation


A solar chimney (or thermal chimney) is a passive solar ventilation system composed of a hollow thermal mass connecting the interior and exterior of a building. As the chimney warms, the air inside is heated causing an updraft that pulls air through the building. These systems have been in use since Roman times and remain common in the Middle East.


Process heat


Main articles: Solar pond, Salt evaporation pond, and Solar furnace


Solar process heating systems are designed to provide large quantities of hot water or space heating for nonresidential buildings” (Ref. [12]).


Ref. 12 - "Solar Process Heat". 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
Medium-temperature collectors - solar water heating


These collectors could be used to produce approximately 50% and more of the hot water needed for residential and commercial use in the United States” (Ref. [17]).


Ref. 17 - Denholm, P. (March 2007). "The Technical Potential of Solar Water Heating to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States" (PDF). National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Retrieved 2007-12-28.


In the United States, a typical system costs $4000–$6000 retail ($1400 to $2200 wholesale for the materials) and 30% of the system qualifies for a federal tax credit + additional state credit exists in about half of the states.


Solar drying


Solar thermal energy can be useful for drying wood for construction and wood fuels such as wood chips for combustion. Solar is also used for food products such as fruits, grains, and fish.


Solar cookers use sunlight for cooking, drying and pasteurization. Solar cooking offsets fuel costs, reduces demand for fuel or firewood, and improves air quality by reducing or removing a source of smoke.

Distillation - Solar still


Solar stills can be used to make drinking water in areas where clean water is not common. Solar distillation is necessary in these situations to provide people with purified water. Solar energy heats up the water in the still. The water then evaporates and condenses on the bottom of the covering glass” (Ref. [19]).


Ref. 19 - "Solar Thermal Energy" (PDF). Retrieved Oct 8, 2009.


Inside an enclosed trough system


The enclosed trough architecture encapsulates the solar thermal system within a greenhouse-like glasshouse. The glasshouse creates a protected environment to withstand the elements that can negatively impact reliability and efficiency of the solar thermal system” (Ref. [31]).


Ref. 31 - Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, "Energy & Resources Predictions 2012", 2 November 2011


Lightweight curved solar-reflecting mirrors are suspended within the glasshouse structure. A single-axis tracking system positions the mirrors to track the sun and focus its light onto a network of stationary steel pipes, also suspended from the glasshouse structure” (Ref. [32]).


Ref. 32 - Helman, Christopher, "Oil from the sun", "Forbes", April 25, 2011

Steam is generated directly, using oil field-quality water, as water flows from the inlet throughout the length of the pipes, without heat exchangers or intermediate working fluids.


The steam produced is then fed directly to the field’s existing steam distribution network, where the steam is continuously injected deep into the oil reservoir. Sheltering the mirrors from the wind allows them to achieve higher temperature rates and prevents dust from building up as a result from exposure to humidity” (Ref. [31]”.


Ref. 31 - Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, "Energy & Resources Predictions 2012", 2 November 2011


All references revisited November, 28 2016


GlassPoint Solar, the company that created the Enclosed Trough design, states its technology can produce heat for EOR for about $5 per million British thermal units in sunny regions, compared to between $10 and $12 for other conventional solar thermal technologies” (Ref. [33]).


Ref. 33 - Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, "Energy & Resources Predictions 2012", 2 November 2011


Deloitte energy report looks at key themes ahead

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 00:42


Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited has launched of its third energy predictions report, Energy & Resources Predictions 2012.


The report provides insight into the key themes likely to impact the energy and resources sector in 2012, including volatility in commodity prices, breakthroughs in nanotechnology, new technologies in oil recovery, the future of oil field services and the rising importance of water footprint for energy companies, which the report claims will be one of the key themes throughout 2012.


High-temperature collectors


Where temperatures below about 95 °C are sufficient, as for space heating, flat-plate collectors of the nonconcentrating type are generally used. Because of the relatively high heat losses through the glazing, flat plate collectors will not reach temperatures much above 200 °C even when the heat transfer fluid is stagnant. Such temperatures are too low for efficient conversion to electricity.


The efficiency of heat engines increases with the temperature of the heat source. To achieve this in solar thermal energy plants, solar radiation is concentrated by mirrors or lenses to obtain higher temperatures – a technique called Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). The practical effect of high efficiencies is to reduce the plant's collector size and total land use per unit power generated, reducing the environmental impacts of a power plant as well as its expense.


As the temperature increases, different forms of conversion become practical. Up to 600 °C, steam turbines, standard technology, have an efficiency up to 41%. Above 600 °C, gas turbines can be more efficient. Higher temperatures are problematic because different materials and techniques are needed. One proposal for very high temperatures is to use liquid fluoride salts operating between 700 °C to 800 °C, using multi-stage turbine systems to achieve 50% or more thermal efficiencies” (Ref. [25]).


Ref. 25 - "ORNL's liquid fluoride proposal." (PDF). Retrieved 2013-08-20.


The higher operating temperatures permit the plant to use higher-temperature dry heat exchangers for its thermal exhaust, reducing the plant's water use – critical in the deserts where large solar plants are practical. High temperatures also make heat storage more efficient, because more watt-hours are stored per unit of fluid.


Commercial concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) plants were first developed in the 1980s. The world’s largest solar thermal power plants are now the 370 MW Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, commissioned in 2014, and the 354 MW SEGS CSP installation, both located in the Mojave Desert of California, where several other solar projects have been realized as well. With the exception of the Shams solar power station, built in 2013 near Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, all other 100 MW or larger CSP plants are either located in the United States or in Spain.


The principal advantage of CSP is the ability to efficiently add thermal storage, allowing the dispatching of electricity over up to a 24-hour period. Since peak electricity demand typically occurs at about 5 pm, many CSP power plants use 3 to 5 hours of thermal storage” (Ref.[26]).


Ref. 26. - What is peak demand? - Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL)


With current technology, storage of heat is much cheaper and more efficient than storage of electricity. In this way, the CSP plant can produce electricity day and night. If the CSP site has predictable solar radiation, then the CSP plant becomes a reliable power plant. Reliability can further be improved by installing a back-up combustion system. The back-up system can use most of the CSP plant, which decreases the cost of the back-up system.


CSP facilities utilize high electrical conductivity materials, such as copper, in field power cables, grounding networks, and motors for tracking and pumping fluids, as well as in the main generator and high voltage transformers. (See: Copper in concentrating solar thermal power facilities.)


With reliability, unused desert, no pollution, and no fuel costs, the obstacles for large deployment for CSP are cost, aesthetics, land use and similar factors for the necessary connecting high tension lines. Although only a small percentage of the desert is necessary to meet global electricity demand, still a large area must be covered with mirrors or lenses to obtain a significant amount of energy. An important way to decrease cost is the use of a simple design.


When considering land use impacts associated with the exploration and extraction through to transportation and conversion of fossil fuels, which are used for most of our electrical power, utility-scale solar power compares as one of the most land-efficient energy resources available:” (Ref. [27]).


The federal government has dedicated nearly 2,000 times more acreage to oil and gas leases than to solar development. In 2010 the Bureau of Land Management approved nine large-scale solar projects, with a total generating capacity of 3,682 megawatts, representing approximately 40,000 acres. In contrast, in 2010, the Bureau of Land Management processed more than 5,200 applications gas and oil leases, and issued 1,308 leases, for a total of 3.2 million acres. Currently, 38.2 million acres of onshore public lands and an additional 36.9 million acres of offshore exploration in the Gulf of Mexico are under lease for oil and gas development, exploration and production” (Ref. [27]).


Ref. 27 - Joe Desmond (September 24, 2012). "Sorry, Critics - Solar Is Not a Rip-Off". Renewable energy World.


All references revisited November, 28 2016


Solar Fossil Fueled Fantasies - Willis Eschenbach / June 15, 2015

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach.


“Sometimes when I’m reading about renewable technologies, I just break out laughing at the madness that the war on carbon has wrought. Consider the Ivanpah solar tower electric power plant. It covers five square miles in Southern California with mirrors which are all focusing the sun on a central tower. The concentrated sunlight boils water that is used to run a steam turbine to generate electricity.


Sounds like at a minimum it would be ecologically neutral … but unfortunately, the Law of Unintended Consequences never sleeps, and the Ivanpah tower has turned out to be a death trap for birds, killing hundreds and hundreds every year:


“After several studies, the conclusion for why birds are drawn to the searing beams of the solar field goes like this: Insects are attracted to the bright light of the reflecting mirrors, much as moths are lured to a porch light. Small birds — insect eaters such as finches, swallows and warblers — go after the bugs. In turn, predators such as hawks and falcons pursue the smaller birds.


But once the birds enter the focal field of the mirrors, called the “solar flux,” injury or death can occur in a few seconds. The reflected light from the mirrors is 800 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Either the birds are incinerated in flight; their feathers are singed, causing them to fall to their deaths; or they are too injured to fly and are killed on the ground by predators, according to a report by the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory.”


David Danelski, Solar: Ivanpah Solar Described as Deadly Trap for Wildlife,” Riverside-Press Enterprise, April 8, 2014.


“But of course, that’s not what made me laugh. That’s a tragedy which unfortunately will be mostly ignored by those good-hearted environmentally conscious folks suffering from chronic carbophobia.


The next oddity about Ivanpah is that despite being powered by light, it is light-years away from being economically viable. Like the old sailors say, “The wind is free … but everything else costs money”.


But being totally uneconomical doesn’t matter, because despite costing $2.2 billion to build, Google is a major shareholder, so at least they could afford to foot the bills for their high-priced bird-burner …


… get real. Google would much rather use taxpayer dollars to burn birds alive than foot the costs themselves. Being good businessmen and women they sought and got a $1.6 billion dollar taxpayer funded loan, presumably because no bank on the planet would touch the project. And if the banks wouldn’t touch it, why should you and I?


But that’s not enough for these greedy green pluted bloatocrats. Now, they are applying for a $539 million dollar GIFT of your and my taxpayer money in order to repay the money that you and I already lent them … we should give them the money to repay ourselves? Give an unimaginably wealthy company money to repay us what we have loaned them? Have I wandered into a parallel universe? This is GOOGLE, folks, and they’re trying to poor-mouth us?


And of course, that’s not what made me laugh either. That is another tragedy which unfortunately will be ignored by those who wish to see electricity prices rise … you know, folks like President Obama, who famously said:


Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket …


Of course, such an electricity price rise would mean nothing to him, like every recent President he’ll leave office a multi-millionaire. And such an energy price rise means nothing to the Google execs who are burning birds alive … but for those of us here on the ground, causing the electricity rates to skyrocket is not the moral high ground, it is a crime against the poor.


So that is no laughing matter at all.


No, the part that I didn’t know about Ivanpah (and other solar steam plants), the part that got me smiling, was that there is a problem with a solar tower that is generating steam.


This is that steam turbines don’t do well at all with half a head of steam. For full efficiency a turbine needs full pressure steam in order to operate. And it has to have full pressure, not when the valves are closed to let the pressure build up, but when the turbine is actually using the steam.


And since you can’t store steam, that in turn means that Google can’t start up their you-beaut solar tower until fairly late in the morning.


Well, the solution that the good engineers hired by Google came up with was simple.

Start the sucker up using natural gas. That way, first you can heat the cool boiler water before the sun comes up. Then, as more and more solar energy comes online during the morning, you can taper off on the natural gas.


But having a solar plant that runs on natural gas, although funny, wasn’t the best part … it gets better:


One big miscalculation was that the power plant requires far more steam to run smoothly and efficiently than originally thought, according to a document filed with the California Energy Commission. Instead of ramping up the plant each day before sunrise by burning one hour’s worth of natural gas to generate steam, Ivanpah needs more than four times that much help from fossil fuels to get plant humming every morning. MARKETWATCH


These good folks have underestimated the amount of fossil fuels that the plant would need by a factor of four, and they want us to follow their lead in reorganizing the world’s energy supply? And of course, in the familiar refrain, the taxpayer is expected to foot the bill for their ignorance and their inept calculations.


So now, I find out that the Ivanpah plant runs on natural gas four hours a day, and I gotta say, I did find that funny. But in the most ironic twist of all, the above link goes on to say:


Another unexpected problem: not enough sun. Weather predictions for the area underestimated the amount of cloud cover that has blanketed Ivanpah since it went into service in 2013.


And that brought the joke all the way around. I found that hilariously ironic. Because of alarmism based on computer model predictions of rising temperatures in 100 years, we’ve built a fossil-fuel fired solar plant which is already in trouble because of failed computer model predictions of the clouds over the next few years … don’t know about you, but that cracked me up.


Now, even the best solar energy conversion devices don’t operate 24 hours a day, or even 12 hours a day. Generally, eight hours a day or even less is the norm. And that has been cut down by clouds … so at present, dreaded fossil fuels are likely providing a third of the energy to fuel the plant.


Gotta say, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about things like the natural-gas powered Ivanpah solar power plant fiasco. On the whole I have to favor laughter … but dear heavens, the damage that environmentalists are doing in the name of the environment is appalling. Burning birds alive in the name of making energy prices skyrocket? Have we sunk this low? Really?


In any case, my best guess is that this is a self-limiting problem, or it would be without subsidies. The “levelized cost” of solar thermal is horrendous. It is the only technology which is more expensive than offshore wind, and it is the most expensive of the commonly analyzed grid-scale renewable choices. It won’t work without the kind of multi-million dollar taxpayer subsidies that the Google folks think that they deserve … me, I would never have given them the loan of taxpayer money in the first place, that’s the bank’s job, not the government’s job. More to the point, I think they deserve to pay the damn loan back themselves.


Let me close on a more optimistic note. The referenced article says:


Bird carnage combined with opposition by Native American tribes to industrial projects on undeveloped land has made California regulators wary of approving more. Last September, Abengoa and BrightSource abandoned their quest to build a solar-thermal project near Joshua Tree National Park when the state regulator told them the plant’s footprint would have to be cut in half.


In March the Board of Supervisors of Inyo County, a sparsely populated part of California that is home to Death Valley National Park, voted to ban solar-thermal power plants altogether. “Ivanpah had a significant effect on the decision making,” said Joshua Hart, the county’s planning director.


If the final end of Ivanpah is the end of any further Ivanpahs ever, I suppose that I’d say that Ivanpah was worth whatever it cost … although I’m sure the birds would have preferred a different path to that outcome. As long as Ivanpah is in operation birds will continue to be burned alive in the name of driving up electricity prices … and these monomoniacal carbophobes still think that they have the high moral ground regarding fossil fuels?


Because I rather suspect that neither the birds nor the poor would agree …



De Costumbre: If you disagree with what I or anyone says, please have the courtesy to quote the exact words that you object to. That way, we can all understand exactly what you find objectionable.”


A Potential Breakthrough in Harnessing the Sun’s Energy by ...

by David Biello - 27 Apr 2009: Report


“A Potential Breakthrough in Harnessing the Sun’s Energy New solar thermal technology overcomes a major challenge facing solar power – how to store the sun’s heat for use at night or on a rainy day. As researchers tout its promise, solar thermal plants are under construction or planned from Spain to Australia to the American Southwest.”


A Review of Solar Energy - The World Bank


Harnessing solar thermal energy for district heating


Solar Heat for Industrial Processes Technology Brief




A Review of Solar Energy - The World Bank


Harnessing solar thermal energy for district heating


Solar Heat for Industrial Processes Technology Brief




This page will originate off sight one day. No time right now. A Balanced approach is sensible economic and environment stewardship, but economic growth - GDP must rise to 4% by the third quarter of the third year of President Trump, if all liabilities and a trillion spent on a stimulus bill is taken into account, with a plan to reduce the deficit reflected at the beginning of the third quarter of the second year of double digit GDP Percentages.


This projected GDP is built on many economy strengthening policies of a President Trump, mostly discussed in this thread.


There will be a day; empty government buildings will be sold, reducing maintenance and repair cost, to include security and electricity cost.


Senators aim to protect undocumented immigrants as Trump takes office

The Guardian - Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington


Since Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children have feared they might be forced back into the shadows under the incoming administration.


But a bipartisan group of senators is now seeking to protect young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, by extending the legal status granted to them under Barack Obama’s executive action. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin said this week they are crafting legislation to send a message to the president-elect, who made a hardline approach to immigration a centerpiece of his campaign and vowed to repeal Obama’s 2012 directive on the first day of his presidency.


Dreams of undocumented young people start to crumble after Trump victory


“This is a very defining moment about who we are as a party,” Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina who is leading the effort, told reporters on Capitol Hill.


“This is a test for America, not just Donald Trump, about who are we as a nation.”


The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as Daca, has granted temporary permits to more than 740,000 young undocumented immigrants. Although Trump said shortly after his election that he will focus on deporting criminals, the president-elect has not walked back his pledge to rescind Daca. Immigration advocates have expressed concern that Trump’s administration might use the existing federal list of Daca beneficiaries – which contains their personal information – to deport them.

Durbin told the Guardian that Trump’s stated emphasis on deporting criminals had provided “a glimmer of hope” that he might be amenable to a compromise on the status of Dreamers. “[But] if they decide to start deporting these kids,” he warned, “they’re in for a battle.”


It sucks to see the economic plight of the U.S. so low at present. I need the economy to be strong to keep my workers compensation co. in business.


So any improvement from Obama's economics will be great.


I see you recognize the eventual fall of the Fed's. The system wasn't designed to build up a 20 trillion national debt, or have the Fed's. pump in 80 billion a month into the government buying TB's and Mortgages.


At least my FRRD system creates money, on money it's granted through a fair, equal or product and consumption tax, working with business and the people who would own 60 percent of every newly developed qualifying project.


Our government manipulates everything it touches, and as a result, markets, developments, capital investments, manufacturing expansion, banks, businesses and people are already living in socialist times with government ruling over everything, even estate tax after you die if you’re rich.


There may never be, a solution to our economic plight as a nation and people, and any thing may just be a band aid to keep the system afloat, but some how knowing that, doesn't make me feel at ease.


‘He got up there and lied his a– off': Carrier union leader on Trump’s big deal

The Washington Post – December 6, 2016


Inflammatory title and article not in favor of Trump; yet the article states at least 800 jobs were saved while Trump explains 1,100 were saved from possibly 1,400 workers at the Indianapolis plant, “however, 350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave, Jones said. Another 80 jobs, which Trump seemed to include in his figure, were non-union clerical and supervisory positions. (A Carrier spokesperson confirmed the numbers.)


Seven months earlier, at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, Trump had pledged to save the plant’s jobs, most of which were slated to move to Mexico. Then the businessman won the election, and the 1,350 workers whose paychecks were on the line wondered if he’d keep his promise.


Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, felt optimistic when Trump announced last week that he’d reached a deal with the factory’s parent company, United Technologies, to preserve 1,100 of the Indianapolis jobs — until the union leader heard from Carrier that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all. 


At the Dec. 1 meeting, where Trump was supposed to lay out the details, Jones hoped he would explain himself.


“But he got up there,” Jones said Tuesday, “and, for whatever reason, lied his a-- off.”


In front of a crowd of about 150 supervisors, production workers and reporters, Trump praised Carrier and its parent company, United Technologies. "Now they’re keeping — actually the number’s over 1,100 people,” he said, “which is so great.”


Jones wondered why the president-elect appeared to be inflating the victory. Trump and Pence, he said, could take credit for rescuing 800 of the Carrier jobs, including non-union positions.


“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” said Jones, who voted for Hillary Clinton but called her "the better of two evils." “I almost threw up in my mouth.”


Spokespeople for Trump did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.


In exchange for downsizing its move south of the border, United Technologies would receive $7 million in tax credits from Indiana, to be paid in $700,000 installments each year for a decade. Carrier, meanwhile, agreed to invest $16 million in its Indiana operation. United Technologies still plans to send 700 factory jobs from Huntington, Ind, to Monterrey, Mexico.


700 jobs still headed to Mexico to work for a company that will sell its AC Units to other countries from Mexico, so as to avoid that 35 percent tax Trump wants to charge if their shipped into the U. S.


First example shows a split between staying in the U. S. and going to Mexico, even with huge tax credit of 700,000 a year and they agreed to invest $16 million in its Indiana operation.


That’s a good start, yet clouded are the meaning of Trumps remarks. Well I’m interested in results and giving out the tax credits and a glooming 15 percent corporate tax must have been a big enough incentive from keeping Carrier from  moving the entire plant, loosing 800 jobs and no one has said if these are high paying jobs or not.


Trump: Carrier to keep 1,100 jobs in Indy, invest $16 million in west side facility

Victoria T. Davis

12:40 PM, Dec 1, 2016

11:02 PM, Dec 1, 2016


INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,100 Carrier jobs are expected to stay in Indianapolis, President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday afternoon at a press conference at the west side factory.


Carrier, a plant on the city’s west side owned by United Technologies, announced they were taking more than 1,400 jobs to Mexico in February. During Trump’s presidential campaign he said the situation wouldn't have happened if he were in office.


On Thanksgiving Day, Trump announced Carrier and his newly-elected administration were in negotiations with the company to save jobs.


A deal was struck and the company was able to save more than 700 jobs that were expected to leave for Mexico. Trump's 1,100 jobs in total saved includes the 300+ corporate jobs that weren't going to be leaving the country in the first place.


While speaking at the Carrier plant Thursday, Trump said United Technologies also agreed to invest more than $16 million into the facility.




BREAKING: Per @RafaelOnTV, details on Carrier agreement for Indianapolis jobs @rtv6


#IndyThisWeek (@IndyThisWeek) December 1, 2016


Despite good news, Layoffs still possible at Carrier in short term. We're talking 600 jobs @rtv6 @IndyThisWeek


Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) December 1, 2016


According to the IEDC's Transparency Portal, United Technologies has received at least $4.3 million in state subsidies since 2007. Those subsidies came in the form of tax credits and training reimbursements, and were supposed to be attached to the company providing 2,235 jobs in the state.


Nationwide, the Carrier subdivision of United Technologies has received at least $6.7 million in federal & state subsidies since 2004, on top of $45.5 million in federal loans from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.


Carrier also received at least $1.2 million in tax breaks from the city of Indianapolis,


which it repaid in April after it announced its decision to move 1,400 jobs from its Indianapolis plant. That's in addition to $382,000 Carrier repaid in state training grants. The company is not expected to receive any of that money back.


IEDC and other state officials declined to comment on the details of the deal.


Trump said he initially didn’t know he made a promise to keep Carrier jobs from outsourcing to Mexico. He said he was watching the news last week and heard a Carrier worker's story.


"It was like he didn't event know they were leaving. He said, 'No, we're not leaving because Donald Trump promised us that we're not leaving.' I never thought I made that promise, not with Carrier. I made it for everybody else. I really didn't make it for Carrier," said Trump, going on to say "that ship had sailed."


While Trump did not reveal details on exactly what Carrier agreed to pay the workers who will keep their jobs, he said workers are, “going to have a great Christmas.”


Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, “this is a great day for working people all across the United States.”


He credited Trump’s leadership for Carrier’s decision to stay in the city and said Carrier is part of “Indiana’s success story.”


"America won today," Pence said.


You can watch Pence and Trump's full speech in the video player at the top of this story.


Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for DHS secretary


CBS News Donald Trump is tapping Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News confirms.

The final request and acceptance, sources told CBS’ Major Garrett, occurred while Kelly was traveling in Europe. His pick for DHS secretary will be announced by the transition staff in the coming days. 


Watch: Trump announces Mattis pick


Kelly is the third general tapped by the president-elect, joining Gen. James Mattis, Mr. Trump’s pick to become the next secretary of Defense, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s incoming national security advisor.


Like Mattis, Kelly is a Marine with a reputation for bluntness.


Kelly was the commander of U.S. Southern Command until earlier this year. In that posting, he oversaw American military operations in South America and Central America.


Before that, he commanded American forces numerous times in Iraq, and spent a year as the top Marine in that country. He then was an aide to defense secretaries Leon Panetta and Robert Gates.


Created after the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security now employs nearly 250,000 people. Trump pledged repeatedly to better secure America’s borders on the campaign trail, and it is likely that Kelly, should he take the position, will be central to that effort.

Unlike Flynn, Kelly did not endorse Mr. Trump during the campaign and indicated he would be open to serving in either a Republican or Democratic administration. He has also referred to domestic politics as a “cesspool” in an interview over the summer with Foreign Policy magazine.


Kelly, who served nearly 46 years in the Marine Corps, is the highest-ranking American military official to lose a child in combat since 9/11. His son, Marine Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. 


CBS News’ Major Garrett, Christopher Isham, Steve Chaggaris, and Arden Farhi contributed reporting to this story.”


Trump chooses pro wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head SBA

Reuters - Steve Holland


“WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will nominate professional wrestling magnate and former Senate candidate Linda McMahon as his choice to head the Small Business Administration.


Trump's announcement said McMahon would be a key player in his effort to generate stronger job growth and roll back federal regulations.


McMahon, 68, is a co-founder and former CEO of the professional wrestling franchise WWE, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. She ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010. She was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign.

The SBA, which has at least one office in every U.S. state, provides support to small businesses such as by extending loans and making sure they get a percentage of federal contracts.


Trump said McMahon had helped the WWE grow from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees worldwide. Trump is a WWE Hall of Fame member.


If confirmed by the Senate, McMahon would join a Trump economic team that includes Wall Street executives Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department and Wilbur Ross at Commerce.


"Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country's top female executives advising businesses around the globe," Trump said in the announcement.


McMahon said her goal as the SBA chief would be to promote small businesses and help them grow and thrive.

"Our small businesses are the largest source of job creation in our country," she said.”


(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by James Dalgleish)


Trump Appears to Soften on Deporting Thousands of Young Immigrants

The New York Times - By AMY CHOZICK – November 7, 2016


“WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday appeared to soften his stance on whether to deport the more than 700,000 young people who entered the country illegally as children and were permitted to stay by President Obama.


“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Mr. Trump told Time magazine. “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”


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The immigrants, who call themselves Dreamers, are likely to present Mr. Trump with one of the first major policy tests of his administration, as his campaign promise to take a tough stance on immigration clashes with lawmakers from both parties on Capitol Hill who have implored Mr. Trump not to deny these young adults protective status.


As Mr. Trump has tempered some of his more contentious campaign vows, including saying he would not seek to jail Hillary Clinton, his promise to take a tougher stance toward unauthorized immigrants is one his base of supporters is likely to demand that he keep. “He was not particularly interested in focusing on prosecuting Hillary Clinton any further because he was focused on health care and immigration,” Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, told Fox News on Sunday.


In the Time interview, part of the magazine’s naming of Mr. Trump its person of the year, the president-elect did not go into specifics or say whether he would reverse his promise to overturn Mr. Obama’s executive actions, including the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has shielded immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.


Undoing Mr. Obama’s protections for Dreamers would be one of the simplest moves Mr. Trump could take on immigration. He could withdraw the president’s executive order and let Congress address the young immigrants legislatively, which several lawmakers crave to do next year. Or Mr. Trump could do nothing, leaving the order in place.


At a meeting between the president-elect and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago on Wednesday, the topic of what to do with the young immigrants dominated. Mr. Emanuel, a former chief of staff to Mr. Obama, told reporters afterward that he discussed White House operations and immigration with Mr. Trump.


Mr. Emanuel also said that he had presented Mr. Trump with a letter signed by 14 mayors who agree that Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the country. “They were working hard toward the American dream,” Mr. Emanuel said. “We should embrace them rather than do a bait and switch.”


During the campaign, Mr. Trump vowed to “immediately terminate” Mr. Obama’s executive action on Dreamers, calling it unconstitutional. But in recent weeks, Mr. Obama has said that he has urged Mr. Trump to consider leaving the provision in place.


Many of Mr. Trump’s advisers and cabinet members, including his nominee for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, however, strongly oppose Mr. Obama’s executive action on immigration and other measures that would allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country.


In the Senate, Mr. Sessions proposed a measure to defund Mr. Obama’s executive action on immigration, and he supported a ban on all undocumented immigrants, a proposal that had scant support even among Republicans. If confirmed as attorney general, Mr. Sessions would hold significant power over the nation’s immigration policies.


Mr. Trump, who has said that Mr. Sessions inspired his thinking on immigration, largely based his candidacy on a hard-line stance against undocumented immigrants, including a vow to “build a great, great wall on our southern border” to curb the flow of immigrants from Mexico.


In an interview with CBS News last month, Mr. Trump said his priority would be deporting undocumented immigrants who had committed crimes. “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminals and have criminal records — gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million,” Mr. Trump said.


Days later, during an interview with editors and reporters at The New York Times, Mr. Trump said, “I feel very strongly about an immigration bill that I think even the people in this room can be happy.”


Without offering details, he went on to describe his proposed bill as “fair and just and a lot of other things,” explaining that he had been thinking about the issue of immigration for “50 years.”


Any efforts to deport Dreamers would be met with intense political pushback. Since setbacks early in the Obama administration, this group of young people has become a potent political force. Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign recruited a top leader of the movement, the Peru-born Lorella Praeli, to lead her Latino outreach efforts.


And campaigns portraying Dreamers as valedictorians and medical students have spread awareness about them, a fact Mr. Trump seemed to acknowledge in the Time interview.


On Wednesday, some activists expressed skepticism about Mr. Trump’s comments, pointing to his earlier promises and heated anti-immigrant language during the campaign.


“We expect no pivot, no softening,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an immigrant advocacy organization. “But we are mounting a massive resistance.”


Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA – source

Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner


“WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to curb climate change as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source said on Wednesday, a choice that enraged green activists and cheered the oil industry.

Trump's choice, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, fits neatly with the Republican president-elect's promise to cut back the EPA and free up drilling and coal mining, and signals the likely rollback of much of Obama's environmental agenda.


Since becoming the top prosecutor for the major oil and gas producing state in 2011, Pruitt has launched multiple lawsuits against regulations put forward by the agency he is now poised to lead, suing to block federal measures to reduce smog and curb toxic emissions from power plants.


He is also a leading figure in a legal effort by several states to throw out the EPA's Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Obama's climate change strategy that requires states to curb carbon output.


In an interview with Reuters in September, Pruitt said he sees the Clean Power Plan as a form of federal "coercion and commandeering" of energy policy and that his state should have "sovereignty to make decisions for its own markets."


Pruitt, 48, has also said he is skeptical of climate change. In an opinion piece in an Oklahoma newspaper this year, he wrote that he believes the debate over global warming is "far from settled" and that scientists continue to disagree on the issue. An overwhelming majority of scientists around the world say manmade emissions are warming the planet.


The Obama administration finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 as a key part of meeting U.S. obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, an accord among nearly 200 countries to curb global warming. Many scientists say warming is causing rising sea levels, drought, and an increase in ferocious storms.


Trump vowed during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris deal, saying it would put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Since the election, however, Trump has said he will keep an "open mind" about the climate deal, and also met with leading climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore.


Trump, a real estate magnate who takes office on Jan. 20, is in the midst of building his administration and is holding scores of interviews at his office in New York.”



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