It is estimated that his obsession with fossil fuels and fight for renewable energy have cost the U.S. state of New Mexico-rich gas and oil-about 6,000 million dollars of losses. But the relentless artillery rules enacted by Bill Richardson, governor from 2003 to 2011, granted him three months after leaving politics a salaried position in the select International Advisory Council of Abengoa, the exclusive equipment used by the family Benjumea, owner of the firm to achieve profitable public and private projects around the globe.
So much was favorable policy driven by Bill Richardson came to the company itself to ensure that the reopening of its bioethanol plant in Portales, New Mexico, was a direct result of two factors: the favorable market conditions and developments in the legislation and regulatory measures that support the industry and expand the percentage of ethanol.
In 2005, Bill Richardson signed the executive order 049. It required all state agencies by 2010 to 15% of the total fuel consumption of clean energy proceed. The order specifically mentioned bioethanol, made from that date only by Abengoa. At another point, required that 75% of vehicles purchased each year by the Administration operating with hybrid technology or biofuels. He again mentioned the precious bioethanol.
Two years later, Richardson signed two new regulations. In the first, required that by 2012 all diesel fuel sold in the state of New Mexico had a 5% biofuel. The second rule offered tax incentives in the production and sale of biofuels. The wind was blowing in favor of Abengoa.
This favorable rules motivated, in part, that the plant of Abengoa in Portales doubling its production of bioethanol, reaching 30,000 gallons.
The position on the International Advisory Council of Abengoa is paid, as recorded in public information received from the company to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV). Abengoa has refused to detail how much they charge this newspaper Richardson for their work.
Currently, the Government Oversight Committee, the highest supervisory body of the United States Congress, held open an investigation into the granting of loans guaranteed by the Obama administration to several renewable energy projects. In a letter sent last May, Darrell Issa, chairman of the Committee asked the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, "all information and communications maintained for the Mojave Solar Project", a plant under construction Abengoa has in California, and has received 1,200 million dollars in federal guarantees.
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