Skip to comments.Elon Musk — Obama’s Triple Dipper
Posted on 12/24/2012 8:36:10 AM PST by Starman417
News that the Treasury Department's Inspector General has opened an investigation to determine whether three solar companies inflated the cost of their work to increase the payments they would receive from the government should send shivers down the spine of the taxpayer-subsidized green energy industry.
The Washington Post reports that SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity have received subpoenas from the Treasury Departments office of inspector general for financial records to justify more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits the firms tapped for performing work. The probe seeks to determine whether the companies accurately reported the market value of their costs when applying for federal reimbursement, which was calculated at one-third of the costs.
The solar companies received money through the Treasurys $13 billion program, known as the 1603 program, which used funds from President Obamas stimulus initiative to offer cash grants to clean-energy developers. The three companies, SolarCity, SunRun and Sungevity, have been by far the largest recipients among companies installing solar panels on homes.
SolarCity is the most interesting of the names on the list. Its Chairman, Elon Musk, is an Obama supporter who has used taxpayer funds, not once, not twice but three times to enrich himself. Musk has been able to parlay his political donations and lobbyist contracts with the Obama Administration into loan guarantees and grants. Musk spent $480,000 from 2007 to 2011 to lobby Congress, the White House, EPA and DOE and his company Tesla Motors received a $465 million loan guarantee from DOEs ATVM program.
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I’m Shocked. shocked!
In theory, the guilty should go to prison. But, since they’re all libs, that will never happen.
Hopefully, the companies will have to pay very stiff fines. Which, in turn, will be paid by the stockholders via a decline in the stock price or dividend rate.
Since, I suspect, the stockholders are also libs, this will serve them properly.
Green is feel good garbage.
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