Skip to comments.Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout
Posted on 11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST by Driftwood1
President John F. Kennedys nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official.
Its just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out.
The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle.
Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedys firm who raised money for Barack Obamas 2008 presidential campaign. When Obama won the White House, Wagle was installed at the Department of Energy (DOE), advising on energy grants.
From an objective vantage point, investing taxpayer monies in BrightSource was a risky proposition at the time. In 2010, BrightSource, whose largest shareholder is Kennedys VantagePoint Partners, was up to its eyes in $1.8 billion of debt obligations and had lost $71.6 million on its paltry $13.5 million of revenue.
Even before BrightSource rattled its tin cup in front of Obamas DOE, the company made it known publicly that its survival hinged on successfully completing the Ivanpah Solar Electrical System, which would become the largest solar plant in the world, on federal lands in California. In its Securities and Exchange Commission filings, BrightSource further underscored the risky nature of the Ivanpah venture and, more broadly, the companys viability:
Our future success depends on our ability to construct Ivanpah, our first utility-scale solar thermal power project, in a cost-effective and timely manner Our ability to complete Ivanpah and the planning, development and construction of all three phases are subject to significant risk and uncertainty.
Ironically, in 2008, Kennedy wrote a CNN article praising Obama as reminiscent of his famous father and uncle. The article, titled Obamas Energy Plan Would Create a Green Gold Rush, proved prophetic. However, the green gold rush came in the form of $1.4 billion of taxpayers money flowing into the pet projects of rich venture capital investors like Kennedy, not average citizens.
Whats more, BrightSource touted the Ivanpah project as a green jobs creator. Yet as its own website reveals, the thermal solar plant will only create 1,400 jobs at its peak construction and 650 jobs annually thereafter. Even using the peak estimate of 1,400 jobs, that works out to a cost to taxpayers of $1 million per job created.
As Schweizer writes in Throw Them All Out, A billion dollars in taxpayer money being sent to wealthy investors to bail them out of risky investmentsdoes this sound familiar to anyone?
the only way to stop this corruption is to stop giving away money.......................
It's ALWAYS About the Money
Written by Melanie Morgan
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 08:36
Bobby Kennedy, Jr. may act like a idiot on TV, but he appears to be smart enough to grab a billion bucks and change from our pockets.
Author Peter Schweizer has been following the money crumbs and discovers political cronyism has plumped up Kennedy's coffers.
Big Government, by Wynton Hall Original Article "....President John F. Kennedys nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. Its just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedys..."
Three years later, someone is finally noticing?
Lock them all up.
Oh come on! You know very well that without cap and trade these companies were doomed to fail. The Slave Party had promised the "entrepreneurs" that they would deliver and the "investors" ponied up the campaign money to make a killing on OPM sucker money. How were they to know those nasty Republicans would get cold feet because of ClimateGate and it didn't pan out? Since it's obviously not their fault, don't you think they "deserve" 'a predictable climate for investment'???
Where's your compassion for risk takers?
Do I really need a /sarc tag?
Always good to hear from you...
Do they call themselves neo-capitalists?
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