Friday, January 23, 2009

Fun With Enron Emails

So much of the climate/energy playbook was written by Enron that I find myself thinking about it more than is healthy. For example the basic structure of the Kyoto Protocol is an homage to the crooked E. Enron wanted carbon trading. They really, really wanted carbon trading. So the U.S. negotiators put a lot of time and energy into the carbon trading part of the agreement. When the EU balked, our negotiators said they'd agree to Europe's demand that the base year be 1990, anything to get that carbon trading memorialized in the agreement.

The Japanese got screwed. Their energy efficiency drive in the eighties was not recognized by a '90 baseline, whereas Europe would get full credit for the shuttering of incredibly inefficient East German factories following the 3Oct90 reunification and the British "Dash for Gas" as the North Sea wells started coming in (see: Enron Teeside).
It's going to cost the Japanese around $500 Billion to buy their way out of their commitment.
I've seen some speculation that the reason the Japanese allowed themselves to get rolled was that they got the name of their ancient capitol on the treaty.

Anyhoo, I was at Trampoline's Enron email database and remembered some of the finds that other people had unearthed:
RE: Lunch

09/01/2002 at 16:49

Email metadata

The message

This week is not good. I have too large a pile of documents to shred.
Next week is better. I suggest Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

To:, Randy G. Kruger Jr.@ANDERSEN WO,,
Date: 01/09/2002 10:26 AM
Subject: Lunch

OK you slackers (excluding Shaw), I'll give you another chance to respond.
Lunch this week or next, let me know what's good. If meeting after work is
better for you, let me know. Certainly all of you can stop shredding
documents for 5 minutes to respond.


*******************Internet Email Confidentiality Footer*******************

FW: Taliban TV

-----Original Message-----
From: John Garibaldi @ENRON
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2001 8:29 PM
To: ''; ''; ''; Sanders, Richard B.
Subject: Taliban TV

Taliban TV
> 8:00 - "Husseinfeld"
> 8:30 - "Mad About Everything"
> 9:00 - "Suddenly Sanctions"
> 9:30 - "The Brian Benben Bin Laden Show"
> 10:00 - "Allah McBeal"
> 8:00 - "Wheel of Terror and Fortune"
> 8:30 - "The Price is Right If Usama Says Its Right"
> 9:00 - "Children Are Forbidden From
> Saying The Darndest Things"
> 9:30 - "Afganistans Wackiest Public
> Execution Bloopers"
> 10:00 - "Buffy The Yankee Imperialist Dog Slayer"
> >>>MORE

Ah, simpler times. If you have an interest in Enron, use the Search blog box, keyword Enron.
Here's a fav post with a couple great links.