Commerce Department Hits Chinese Solar Panels With Token Tariff

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 10:21 am

If you ask people who actually know about Solyndra, they will tell you that the solar manufacturer went out of business due to cheap imports of the same technology from China. This drove down profit margins in the industry, and Solyndra couldn’t compete. Overall, the macro implication of this means cheaper solar panels for the [...]

Romney is to Bain as Obama is to Solyndra?

By: Monday January 9, 2012 10:25 am

Republicans think they’ve found the rebuttal for Mitt Romney’s work at Bain Capital, and considering there’s video of Romney saying “I like being able to fire people” (though that’s an enormously ripped-from-context quote) it’s not a moment too soon. Pema Levy reports on how Chris Wallace tried to explain this away yesterday on Fox News [...]

White House Orders Review of Energy Department Loan Guarantees

By: Monday October 31, 2011 8:15 am

Despite much harrumphing and now a subpoena for documents, I get the distinct sense that the alleged Solyndra “scandal” is strictly an inside-the-Beltway story, with no resonance in the wider world. People in the streets across the country aren’t calling for more due diligence in Administration loan guarantees on energy programs. Nevertheless, late last week [...]

Solyndra Demonization Fails to Connect

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 10:20 am

The right has definitely tried its best to turn the Solyndra bankruptcy into a major scandal for the Obama Administration. Fox has become the Solyndra News Network, with a staggering frequency of reports. The Washington Post has helped along this effort with a trickle of reporting, including today’s from Carol Leonnig that Solyndra “violated” the [...]

Boehner Adds “Solyndra Option” to Scare Dems into Voting for CR with Disaster Relief Offsets

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 3:54 pm

Looks like John Boehner made his decision. After the stopgap spending bill to fund the government in FY2012 failed, he had the option of tacking left, and removing the offset on disaster relief funding that denied him Democratic votes, or tacking right, and somehow persuading intransigent House conservatives to support the measure. Predictably, he values [...]

Solyndra Execs to Plead the Fifth at House Energy and Commerce Witch Hunt

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 10:50 am

Solyndra executives are being hauled before a GOP House Committee today, the latest props in the conservative right’s war on clean energy. Solyndra recently went belly up after obtaining over $500 million in DOE loan guarantees that were allegedly helped along by the White House. The House Energy and Commerce Committee wants to bat them [...]

Congressional Republicans Constantly Sought Clean Energy Subsidies Before Solyndra

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 11:35 am

Darrell Issa is a happy man. After flailing around for a while, he finally thinks he has a product to push, an example of Obama corruption, with the Solyndra story. There’s even another piece of it that has popped up in the form of LightSquared, a wireless startup which, according to allegations, was the subject [...]

Despair Aside, There’s a Way to Talk About Solyndra

By: Friday September 16, 2011 2:22 pm

Dave Roberts things that progressives are failing on Solyndra: Watching this unfold over the last week, I keep thinking back to “Climategate.” When it first broke back in late 2009, lefties and bloggers and Dem lawmakers just ignored it, because it was obviously dumb. This left the field entirely open to a massive attack from [...]

Solar Industry Booming, Regardless of Solyndra Bankruptcy

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 11:39 am

This stupid Solyndra circus is starting to remind me of the late 1990s, when any whiff of scandal was like catnip to the media. This is 1/80th of the total price of loans made from the Energy Department’s program, none of the other companies involved have failed, and yet this is supposed to be an [...]

Solyndra Controversy a Transparent Attempt to Kill Green Energy

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 10:23 am

Conservatives are pushing very hard to punish the White House over loan guarantees they made to the now-bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra, and by association to damn any investment in green technologies whatsoever, to keep the dirty energy economy paramount. The latest claim is that the White House tried to rush the $500 million loan [...]

Republicans Pounce on Solyndra Bankruptcy; Company Got Recovery Act Loans

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 7:30 am

Lots of attention is being paid to the shuttering of Solyndra, a solar company that received federal loans from the Energy Department in the Recovery Act, and took part in a visit by the President last year. President Obama praised the company, Solyndra, for its advanced technology during a visit last year. But in a [...]

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