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  • The Obama Bird Genocide Is Out of Control (Solar/Wind Devices Butchering Birds0

    05/07/2014 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    An adorable baby bald eagle whose parents were executed by solar panels. (AP) The Obama administration has opened up a new front in its war on America’s eagles. For years, the president has relied on wind turbines to orchestrate his eco-genocide. Biologists estimate that wind farms kill as many as 328,000 birds each year by chopping them out of the sky. The administration’s successful weaponization of solar farms will only accelerate the death rate. Studies indicate that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California has proved to be an especially efficient apparatus for eagle extermination. The facility, which...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Must-Read Article about Germany’s Green-Energy Disaster

    09/07/2013 6:34:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September7, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    <p>I’ve written before that Obama’s Solyndra-style handouts have been a grotesque waste of tax dollars.</p> <p>I’ve argued that they destroy jobs rather than create jobs.</p> <p>I’ve gone on TV to explain why government intervention in energy creates a cesspool of cronyism.</p> <p>I’ve even shared a column from Obama’s hometown newspaper that criticizes the rank corruption in green-energy programs.</p>
  • Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

    08/20/2013 10:59:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 20th August 2013 | Lewis Page
    No longer profitable, thanks to renewables - but vital to keep the lights on The German government is engaged in increasingly heated negotiations with energy companies in an effort to stop them closing carbon-emitting power plants which have been rendered unprofitable by the national renewables policies.Last week power giant RWE grumbled that many of its coal and gas power stations "are no longer profitable to operate", and said it would be closing some of them down. Its rival E.ON also said that it had plants "working for nothing", and announced plant shutdowns. The problem for the fossil-fuel powerplants is the...
  • President Obama's Final Solution for the Zionist Problem

    02/10/2013 8:55:08 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 10, 2013 | Dan Miller
    It ain't easy being green. But the rewards can be many.Much of the information for this report was provided by one of my confidential informants on Middle Eastern affairs, Sheik Mohamed ali-Baba. In the interest of full disclosure, the Sheik on October 16th announced the al Qaeda endorsement of President Obama for reelection as necessary for the survival of the United States under Islam. According to the Sheik, he is the only candidate who understands the beautiful truths of Islam and hence of al Qaeda. That endorsement doubtless played a major role in President Obama's overwhelming victory. * * *...
  • Another U.S. Solar Manufacturer Shuts Down

    09/12/2012 8:21:26 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/12/2012 | Todd Woody
    After raising more than $100 million over the past seven years, GreenVolts, a California startup that makes concentrating photovoltaic systems, has closed its doors after a major investor abruptly withdrew financial support for the company. “A sudden, and unexpected, change in direction from a major strategic investor has affected GreenVolts’ access to funding,” the company said Wednesday in a statement, referring to ABB, the Swiss power and automation giant. “The impact was at the last minute and so severe that GreenVolts cannot continue normal operation and has reduced its workforce to a small team to provide customer support and engage...
  • AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

    08/18/2012 5:10:50 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 32 replies
    The Associated Press (AP) ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | KEVIN BEGOS
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal. Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. Michael Mann, director of...
  • Another green energy firm bites the dust

    06/28/2012 3:37:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 28, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    (CBS News) It was number 17 on the White House's 100 Recovery Projects That Are Changing America list. Now, Abound Solar is about to join the taxpayer-supported green energy firms that have filed for bankruptcy. Abound Solar was approved for a $400 million dollar taxpayer loan guarantee under the same program as did now-bankrupt Solyndra. Abound received about $70 million of the total by last Sept., but failed to meet certain financial milestones and the Energy Department cut off the rest of the loan. The Department of Energy announced news of Abound's impending bankruptcy in an article on its Website...
  • Abound Solar Plans For Bankruptcy

    06/28/2012 3:48:07 PM PDT · by digger48 · 3 replies
    wsj ^ | June 28, 2012, | RYAN TRACY
    WASHINGTON—Solar-panel manufacturer Abound Solar Inc. is closing its doors, putting about $68 million in U.S.-backed loans at risk of not being repaid. Abound, of Loveland, Colo., said it had failed to come to terms with potential buyers over the last several months and would seek bankruptcy-court protection next week. It said 125 employees would lose their jobs. Republicans were quick to criticize the firm's collapse as the latest setback to President Barack Obama's energy policy. In the highest-profile case, solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra LLC declared bankruptcy in September after receiving $528 million in federally backed loans. Last month Mitt Romney, the...
  • Navy’s Green Fleet Runs Into Fiscal Storm (Algae Based Bio-Fuels Cost 4X More Than Petroleum Fuels)

    06/10/2012 7:45:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    San Diego U-T ^ | June 9, 2012 | Jeanette Steele
    Navy’s green fleet runs into fiscal storm Demo still on for next month, includes San Diego ship Republicans in Congress are blocking the Navy’s march toward a future in which jets and ships run on biofuels, saying the “green” most in question is whether the United States has the money, with a shrinking military budget, to invest in a pricey fuel experiment. The Navy will demonstrate its “great green fleet” concept next month, a toe in the water toward easing the country away from dependence on unfriendly foreign oil. But opposition in Congress could push the effort onto the rocks...
  • Electricity bills set to rise to pay for wind farm subsidies

    05/20/2012 5:46:53 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00AM BST 20 May 2012 | By Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter
    Household electricity bills will rise by as much as a quarter to pay for wind farms and other forms of renewable energy, according to a new report. The study challenges the Government’s claims that energy bills will actually fall in the next eight years because of energy efficiency savings. This week the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will publish its draft energy bill, setting out how it plans to reform the electricity market and reduce the cost to households. DECC has insisted that energy bills will begin to fall from next year and will be reduced by seven...
  • Electric bill outrages

    05/16/2012 8:54:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/16/12 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    President Obama said that his policies would cause the cost of electricity to skyrocket. Well, it has, but not only because of Obama. . . . the cost is passed on to ratepayers, who have no idea that they are paying extra to subsidize “green” fantasies.
  • Hybrid maker Bright Automotive goes bust

    02/29/2012 3:27:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 2+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | February 29, 2012 | James O'Toole
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Hybrid vehicle maker Bright Automotive has announced plans to close, blasting the Department of Energy for failing to finalize a loan that the firm says would have kept it afloat. In a letter dated Tuesday to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bright CEO Reuben Munger and COO Mike Donoughe said they were withdrawing their application for a $314 million loan and winding down their operations. The executives claimed they had been strung along for the past few years as the government insisted on increasingly stringent loan requirements. "The actions -- or better said 'lack of action' --...
  • Power Plant Closures Due to Environmental Regulations to Take Toll on Towns

    12/21/2011 7:13:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/11
    Power Plant Closures Due to Environmental Regulations to Take Toll on TownsPublished December 20, 2011 | Associated Press For more than 90 years, the coal-fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Va., has been churning out electricity and contributing to local prosperity. Of late, it has generated nearly a quarter of the revenue for the $1 million budget of the town. Yet when the plant ultimately shuts down to comply with new federal air pollution regulations by the end of 2014, says Town Manager Howard Spencer, so too might the community of 200. "If the town lost all of that revenue,"...
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s 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. It’s 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 Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Report: 80% of DOE Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Backers

    11/14/2011 10:46:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    The Scribe ^ | 11-14-11 | Lachlan Markay
    A new book by Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer details the startling extent of the cronyism that has pervaded President Obama’s “green jobs” push. According to Schweizer, 4 out of every 5 renewable energy companies backed by the Energy Department was “run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers.” Those companies’ “political largesse is probably the best investment they ever made in alternative energy,” Schweizer explains. “It brought them returns many times over.” Such is the inevitable consequence of large government interventions in private markets. Leaving aside the losses associated with transfers of funds from self-sustaining industries to ones...
  • White House rejects 'partisan' subpoena on Solyndra documents

    11/04/2011 3:53:27 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 117 replies
    platts.com ^ | 4Nov2011/612 pm EDT/2212 GMT | Herman Wang, herman_wang@platts.com
    Washington (Platts)--4Nov2011/612 pm EDT/2212 GMT The White House Friday rejected a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee to produce internal communications and other documents related to now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee. In a letter to the Republican leaders of the committee, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler called the subpoena a partisan "vast fishing expedition" without legal justification. "The committee's extremely broad request for documents -- now a subpoena -- is a significant intrusion on Executive Branch interests, particularly given that you have not made any effort to tailor the request to...
  • White House rebuffs subpoena on failed solar firm (Hey Congress: time to send a few to jail)

    11/04/2011 4:02:52 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    washtimes ^ | 11/4/11 | By Dina Cappiello
    The White House is strongly rebuffing a subpoena from House Republicans seeking all communications about a failed solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar federal loan guarantee. In a letter to two top Republicans on the House energy panel, White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler says partisan politics is driving the request. The White House has already turned over 85,000 pages of documents on Solyndra. The company filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers after receiving $528 million in federal backing. Ruemmler said those documents show no wrongdoing or political favoritism by the administration. House Republicans have used Solyndra...
  • GE's Immelt worries U.S. not leading on renewables

    11/03/2011 1:24:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 3, 2011 | cott Malone
    * China eyeing "vastly superior" scale, Immelt warns * "I worry a little bit about us," Immelt says of U.S.* GE "all-in" on solar, sees potential $20 bln business By Scott MaloneNov 3 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's Jeff Immelt worries the United States may lose ground to China in the renewable energy sector because it is not prepared to invest in solar, wind and other technologies on the same scale.But the chief executive of the largest U.S. conglomerate said his company remains undaunted and will continue to work in the sector despite the recent bankruptcy of solar panel maker...
  • Beacon Power bankrupt; had U.S. backing like Solyndra

    (Reuters) - Beacon Power Corp filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, just a year after the energy storage company received a $43 million loan guarantee from a controversial Department of Energy program. The bankruptcy comes about two months after Solyndra -- a solar panel maker with a $535 million loan guarantee -- also filed for Chapter 11, creating a political embarrassment for the administration of President Barack Obama, which has championed the loans as a way to create "green energy" jobs. Beacon Power drew down $39 million of its government-guaranteed loan to fund a portion of a $69 million, 20-megawatt flywheel...
  • Sarah Palin: American Crony Capitalism brings Jobs to Finland

    10/21/2011 2:33:40 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 24 replies
    Facebook ^ | Friday October 21, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Yesterday, another shoe dropped in the chronicles of the Obama administration’s crony capitalism. A start-up electric car company with ties to Al Gore got a $529 million loan guarantee from Obama’s Department of Energy to build luxury electric cars...in Finland! Leaving aside the fact that to date only two of these $97,000 cars have been sold (one of them to a movie star), we might at least hope that this ridiculous exercise in the government picking winners minus any competitive, transparent process (Al Gore’s venture cap firm) and losers (the taxpayers subsidizing a car no one wants) would produce manufacturing jobs in the...
  • FLASHBACK>>Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan (FiskerGate)

    10/20/2011 5:17:17 PM PDT · by milwguy · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | sept 25, 2009 | josh mitchell
    WASHINGTON -- A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000. The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive Inc. follows a $465 million government loan to Tesla Motors Inc., purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Tesla is a California startup focusing on all-electric vehicles, with a number of celebrity endorsements that is backed by investors that have contributed to Democratic campaigns The awards to Fisker and Tesla have prompted concern from...
  • Update: Fisker Karma Electric Car Gets Worse Mileage Than an SUV

    10/20/2011 4:59:48 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies
    forbes.com ^ | Oct. 20, 2011 | Warren Meyer
    The Fisker Karma electric car, developed mainly with your tax money so that a bunch of rich VC’s wouldn’t have to risk any real money, has rolled out with an nominal EPA MPGe of 52. Not bad? Unfortunately, it’s a sham. This figure is calculated using the grossly flawed EPA process that substantially underestimates the amount of fossil fuels required to power the electric car, as I showed in great depth in an earlier Forbes.com article. In short, the EPA methodology leaves out, among other things, the conversion efficiency in generating the electricity from fossil fuels in the first place....
  • Obama defends loan to defunct solar panel company

    10/06/2011 10:22:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 6, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. must continue to give clean energy companies loan guarantees in order to compete with Chinese subsidies that entice companies to move offshore. Obama is defending his administration's decision to give a $528 million loan guarantee to a solar energy company that later collapsed.
  • Lessons From Lemmings: The EU's Green Power Folly

    10/05/2011 6:23:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/05/2011 | Larry Bell
    Lemming powers of observation aren’t highly regarded. Wouldn’t you think witnessing fellow critters plunge en masse over cliff edges would offer cause for some among them to reconsider the perilous path ahead? But then some humans, most notable government leaders, are similarly lacking in foresight. This deficiency is evident in the E.U.’s wind and solar energy stampede which has sped their arrival to the brink of economic collapse. Before America races any farther down that same road, let’s pause to heed lessons from their costly experiences. And we might learn much from our own as well. Consider Denmark. On Earth...
  • $38B loan program not giving much bang for buck (We've Been Robbed!)

    09/15/2011 3:45:41 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/15/2011 | WP
    A $38.6 billion loan guarantee program that the Obama administration promised would create or save 65,000 jobs has created just a few thousand jobs two years after it began, government records show. The program — designed to jump-start the nation's clean technology industry by giving energy companies access to low-cost, government-backed loans — has directly created 3,545 new, permanent jobs after giving out almost half the allocated amount, according to Energy Department tallies. President Obama has made "green jobs" a showcase of his recovery plan, vowing to foster new jobs, new technologies and more competitive American industries. But the loan...
  • Emails link Solyndra to Biden office

    09/14/2011 7:33:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    The rapidly evolving scandal surrounding a $535 million government loan to Solyndra, a California solar energy company, that shuttered its doors and filed bankruptcy last week, has now been connected to the office of Vice-President Joe Biden. Emails obtained by investigators for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and released to ABC News demonstrate how deeply involved the White House was at the highest levels in fast-tracking the approval of the politically well connected start-up in direct conflict with numerous private as well as government warnings that the survival of the company was very doubtful. On March 10, 2009 according...
  • Democrats say Solyndra scandal touches Republicans, too

    09/13/2011 3:48:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 13, 2011
    ... Democrats have found enough information in public records of the Energy Department’s loan approval process and from media reports to try to widen the Solyndra scandal to Republicans. Although Solyndra’s biggest private investor was a venture capital fund affiliated with Kaiser, its second largest investor was a fund linked to the Walton family, of Wal-Mart renown, a major donor to Republicans. Kaiser has denied he ever spoke to the Obama administration about the Solyndra loan. The chief executive of Solyndra, Brian Harrison, is a registered Republican, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The Democrats’ main defense against accusations...
  • Obama's Solyndra Loans "Number One Priority" for House Investigating Committee Since Feb.

    09/13/2011 5:20:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2011 | John Ransom
    <p>Our Lawyer-in-Chief, the brilliant Harvard law professor, has recently put on a symposium for us on investment law.  It should be titled “How not to invest when saving/creating jobs with taxpayer dollars.”</p> <p>Lawyer Obama apparently ignored a glowing, red legal flag when his administration decided to make what turns out to be a $527 million loan to a now-bankrupt solar energy company. The loan was part of a package made to struggling Solyndra, a solar company owned by a top contributor to the president, as we reported previously on Townhall Finance.</p>
  • Wind farms: the monuments to lunacy that will be left to blot the landscape ( UK )

    09/11/2011 6:52:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Sep 2011 | Christopher Booker
    These pointless monstrosities will continue to proliferate until the Government sees sense. Three separate news items on the same day last week reflected three different aspects of what is fast becoming a full-scale disaster bearing down on Britain. The first item was a picture in The Daily Telegraph showing two little children forlornly holding a banner reading “E.On Hands Off Winwick”. This concerned a battle to prevent a tiny Northamptonshire village from being dwarfed by seven 410-foot wind turbines, each higher than Salisbury Cathedral, to be built nearby by a giant German-owned electricity firm. The 40 residents, it was reported,...
  • Obama's Pet Billionaire at Solyndra Make Take White House Down

    09/11/2011 10:00:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    A high profile, politically well-connected California solar energy company that had won a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama Administration declared bankruptcy earlier this month and closed its doors sending 1100 workers to the unemployment line.   The demise of Solyndra has already sparked an FBI investigation, congressional hearings, and raised numerous questions of political cronyism and corruption connected to the highest levels of the Obama Administration.   While the White House and Congressional Democrats feign surprise at the collapse of what was described as "the most hyped startup in the crowded Solar Energy field," it appears Obama Administration representatives...
  • Obama Officials Sat In On Solyndra Meetings

    09/09/2011 7:49:12 AM PDT · by sunmars · 63 replies
    ABC ^ | ABC
    Officials from the Department of Energy have for months been sitting in on board meetings as "observers" at Solyndra, getting an up-close view as the solar energy company careened towards bankruptcy after spending more than $500 million in federal loan money. Word of the Energy Department's unusual arrangement came as federal agents on Thursday converged on the California headquarters of the failed solar company, focusing fresh attention on the first corporate beneficiary of President Obama's stimulus program to create new clean energy jobs. The company, which closed its doors last week and laid off 1,100 workers, has been a subject...
  • Solyndra files bankruptcy, employees sue

    09/06/2011 4:14:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/11 | David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Solyndra, the solar-cell company whose collapse last week triggered a national debate over green jobs, filed its bankruptcy papers Monday, listing $859 million in assets and $784 million in secured loans. The company's biggest lender was the federal government, which loaned Solyndra $528 million in 2009 to build a new factory near its Fremont headquarters. As part of an effort to boost renewable power companies, the government offered Solyndra as much as $535 million for the project, but the factory cost slightly less to build than expected. The government will not, however, be the first creditor in line during Solyndra's...
  • George Kaiser Made Multiple Visits to White House Prior to $535 Loan Guarantee to Solyndra

    09/03/2011 1:17:03 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | september 3,2011 | Jim Hoft
    In this May 26, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama, with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. (WaPo) Top Obama bundler George Kaiser made multiple visits to the White House in the months before the company was granted a $535 million loan from the government. iWatch News reported, via Free Republic: The i Watch News investigation confirmed that at...
  • Investigators Probe White House Role in Massive Energy Loan

    09/02/2011 7:28:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2 Sep 2011 | MATTHEW MOSK and RONNIE GREENE
    House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra. The allegation surfaced in a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday night, saying he planned to accelerate efforts to understand an investment deal that may have left taxpayers out half a billion dollars. "We have learned from our investigation that White House officials monitored Solyndra's application and communicated with [Department of Energy] and Office of Management and Budget officials...
  • Did Obama Administration Cut Corners For a Green Energy Company? (Solyndra)

    09/02/2011 6:34:54 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 11 replies
    ABC News & iWatch ^ | May 24, 2011 | By MATTHEW MOSK and RONNIE GREENE
    The Obama administration bypassed procedural steps meant to protect taxpayers as it hurried to approve an energy loan guarantee to a politically-connected California solar power startup, ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News have learned …The Energy Department in March 2009 announced its intention to award Solyndra Inc. a $535 million loan guarantee before receiving final copies of outside reviews typically used to vet such deals. ...The loan guarantee, the administration's first for a clean energy project, benefited a company whose prime financial backers include Oklahoma oil billionaire George Kaiser, a "bundler" of campaign donations. Kaiser raised...
  • Solyndra Filing a Disaster for Obama

    08/31/2011 10:05:28 AM PDT · by muleskinner · 140 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 | Scott McGrew
    President Obama faces political catastrophe in the form of Solyndra -- a San Francisco Bay area solar company that he touted as a gleaming example of green technology. It has announced it will declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy. More than 1,100 people will lose their jobs.
  • Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy

    08/31/2011 9:17:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    NBC bay Area ^ | August 31,2011 | Scott McGrew
    Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont, has shut its doors, according to employees at the campus. "I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave," one employee said. The company employs a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website. Shortly after it opened a massive $700 million facility, it canceled plans for a public stock offering earlier this year and warned it would be in significant trouble if federal loan guarantees did not go through. Solyndra Worker Speaks The company has said it will make a statement at 9am California...
  • Gov. Brown calls for action on clean energy

    08/30/2011 6:41:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | 30 Aug 2011 | Dana Hull
    LAS VEGAS -- In his first out-of-state trip since taking office in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he plans to forge ahead with aggressive renewable energy policies amid growing evidence of climate change. "Climate change has become more obvious, and we see great opportunity in investing in wind, solar and energy efficiency, or 'negawatts,'" Brown told a gathering here of 700 clean energy advocates. "This is like the computer industry when it first started. It starts small and it keeps growing. We're not going to ever not need energy." Brown was one of several high-profile speakers at...
  • Reid:Energy revolution happening,but too slowly

    08/29/2011 2:16:34 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    cBS News ^ | August 29, 2011 | Ap
    (AP)  LAS VEGAS — A clean energy revolution is under way in the United States but isn't happening quickly enough, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday. Reid told reporters in advance of a clean energy summit in Las Vegas that the country is still too dependent on foreign oil and needs to change that to help national defense and the economy. "Our dependence on foreign oil is making our nation less secure, and is certainly damaging the health of our citizens," he said. Reid said he expects clean energy projects to be part of jobs bills the Senate...
  • Solar Energy Panels Not So Hot

    08/18/2011 12:50:03 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 14 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 16, 2011 | -TWR-
    “Solon Corp will stop manufacturing solar panels in Tucson by mid-October, ending the facility’s three-year run,” reports the Phoenix Business Journal. “The company will lay off about 60 employees when it shuts down that part of the Tucson operation. It was the state’s first solar panel production line.” In another blow to the so-called solar power industry, the Boston Herald also reports, “Evergreen Solar Inc., the Massachusetts clean-energy company that received millions in state subsidies from the Patrick administration for an ill-fated Bay State factory, has filed for bankruptcy, listing $485.6 million in debt.” The so-called green scheme was criticized...
  • Obama's Commerce Secretary Nominee Calls for Carbon Tax

    08/13/2011 11:56:35 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    New American ^ | 8-12-11 | Rebecca Terrell
    Should energy consumers pay extra taxes to fund government-mandated and subsidized renewable energy technologies? "Absolutely yes," says John Bryson, President Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary. He made the remark at a meeting of the Commonwealth Club of California in 2009 and went on to extol the virtues of hidden rates in California, a state encumbered with some of the nation's highest electricity and unemployment rates. Bryson, retired CEO of the electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) and its parent company Edison International, excused the practice, saying, "That's been a part of the regulatory environment for the investor-owned utilities for as...
  • Biden to give keynote speech at energy summit

    08/07/2011 10:36:03 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/04/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Vice President Biden is slated to deliver the keynote address at a Las Vegas energy summit hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) later this month. The fourth annual National Clean Energy Summit will also feature remarks from Center for American Progress President John Podesta, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), among others. “The Obama administration has proven time and again it understands the importance of building a competitive 21st-century economy through clean energy investments and policies that are focused on putting people back to work, reducing costs for consumers and...
  • Wind-Turbine Maker That Obama Praised Files for Bankruptcy

    08/05/2011 2:44:34 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Industry Week ^ | 7/1/11 | Josh Cable
    "Renewable energy isn't something pie in the sky," Obama said during a speech at Cardinal. "It's not part of a far-off future. It's happening all across America right now. " ... It can create millions of new jobs and entire new industries if we act right now." Jeff Grabner, vice president and head of the company's wind business, told the Plain Dealer earlier in the week that Cardinal had been losing business to European suppliers who had underbid Cardinal, forcing the company to trim its workforce by 15 employees a year ago.
  • Federal officials investigate (six golden) eagle deaths at DWP wind farm

    08/03/2011 9:06:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/3/11 | Louis Sahagun
    Federal authorities are investigating the deaths of at least six golden eagles at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Project in the Tehachapi Mountains, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday. So far, no wind-energy company has been prosecuted by federal wildlife authorities in connection with the death of birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A prosecution in the Pine Tree case could cause some rethinking and redesigning of this booming alternative energy source. Facilities elsewhere also have been under scrutiny, according to a...
  • Flint Loses Out On $1.1 Million ‘Green Energy’ Buses — Now Wants $2.5 Million Version

    06/21/2011 8:53:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Flint, a city where more than half the children live below the poverty level, lost out on a pair of $1.1 million electric buses that the federal stimulus program would have paid for when the “green technology” company making them went out of business. So now, the head of the Flint bus authority says they are trying to get a new hydrogen-powered bus that comes with a $2.5 million sticker price, more than eight times the cost of a traditional diesel bus. Ed Benning, general manager of Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority, said in an email that MTA has been discussing...
  • White House misses deadline for solar panels

    06/21/2011 7:36:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 10 replies
    White House misses deadline for solar panels By: Darius Dixon June 21, 2011 09:17 AM EDT The official onset of summer signals the Obama administration's unmet deadline to install solar panels at the world's most famous address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced in October that after a nearly three-decade hiatus. the White House would once again have a solar water-heating system mounted on its roof, as well as photovoltaic cells. Chu said the panels would be up “by the end of this spring." Spring ended Monday, and the panels aren't there. "The Energy Department remains on the...
  • The Gas Is Greener (The Cost of Renewable Energy Sources)

    06/08/2011 10:25:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 7, 2011 | ROBERT BRYCE
    IN April, Gov. Jerry Brown made headlines by signing into law an ambitious mandate that requires California to obtain one-third of its electricity from renewable energy sources like sunlight and wind by 2020. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have renewable electricity mandates. President Obama and several members of Congress have supported one at the federal level. Polls routinely show strong support among voters for renewable energy projects — as long as they don’t cost too much. But there’s the rub: while energy sources like sunlight and wind are free and naturally replenished, converting them into large quantities...
  • German nuclear review throws up new problems

    05/29/2011 8:49:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/29/2011
    Chancellor Merkel is pinning her hopes on an expansion of wind power Germany's dramatic rethink over nuclear power has thrown up new problems, as the consequences of a retreat from atomic technology emerge. Just after Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in March, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a review of energy policy and ordered Germany's oldest reactors to be shut down immediately, and perhaps permanently. Only a few months earlier, she had decided to keep the reactors running past their original shutdown dates. But only now comes the hard bit. Power companies have warned of higher prices because of the shutdown; Germany...
  • Researchers in Ohio are studying the power of pee

    05/14/2011 12:07:08 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 74 replies
    NBC ^ | 13 May 2011 | Stephanie Liebergen
    ATHENS, Ohio - Researchers at Ohio University are studying a new energy source you can produce yourself. They’re studying the power of pee. It’s something everyone does, every day. Even though urine is nearly 99 percent water, there is a lot of hydrogen in the remaining one percent from an organic compound called urea. To break it down, if you could collect the urine from all 24,000 students at Ohio University, you could power 60 buildings every day. Researchers say there is still a lot of work to be done, but there are some applications of this new technology that...