Biodiesel industry rejects EU land use impact study
Europe’s biodiesel industry rejected the findings of a draft EU study showing that the cultivation of rapeseed to make road transport fuels is worse for the climate than using conventional diesel. (Reuters)
Navy losing money on solar panels, audit says
WASHINGTON — The Navy is unwisely losing money on new solar energy panels installed with stimulus funds at Lemoore Naval Air Station and other California bases, auditors say.
Lemoore was among 10 Navy and Marine Corps bases in California to have new solar energy systems installed even though they won’t be cost-effective, the Pentagon auditors found.
Don’t miss this: Washington Post editorial: “the government ‘is a crappy vc’…all solar-energy ventures are risky. Fossil fuel technologies are more cost-effective for the vast majority of uses”
Solyndra: A bad bet Obama should regret – The Washington Post
When a profit-making venture blows half a billion taxpayer dollars, the president should be more upset about it. Much of the criticism Mr. Obama is taking over Solyndra is political. But not all of it.
The important lesson is that the government “is a crappy vc” — venture capitalist — as then-White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers put it in an internal e-mail.
Doubling Down On Solyndra
Scandal: As the Energy Department’s loan chief leaves a sinking ship, the president says that people thought bailing out a failing solar panel maker was a “good bet.” Next time play with your money, not ours. (IBD)
Upton, Stearns Comment on Explosive White House Documents on Solyndra
WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) responded to documents the committee received late today from the Obama administration regarding the investigation into the $535 million Solyndra bust. (Energy & commerce)
Energy loans official leaves in wake of Solyndra
The Obama administration said on Thursday its top energy loans official was stepping down, following a widening probe into the embarrassing collapse of a solar panel company that got $535 million in federal support.
Jonathan Silver, a venture capitalist who had also worked for the Clinton administration, was leaving because the loan program had allocated all its funding, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said.
Silver’s resignation comes, however, as Republicans in Congress probe the White House’s role in backing government loans given to Solyndra, a California solar panel maker, in 2009.
Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in August, and is under investigation by the FBI. (Reuters)
Turncoat really is in the wrong party (he was apparently turned down when he approached Labor and ended up becoming a candidate for Australia’s center-right Liberal Party, unfortunately). He is still trying to boost his banker buddies’ carbon trading scam and telling bizarre porkies about China’s “low carbon” development. His treasonous collusion with K.Rudd (then Australian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader) attempting to sabotage Australia’s economy with punitive energy taxation sparked a grassroots revolt among Australia’s normally quiescent center-right voters, resulting in the Member for Goldman Sachs being dumped in favor of current Opposition Leader and Prime Minister-in-waiting, Tony Abbott. Turncoat will never lead Australia.
Turnbull calls for leadership on climate
October 6, 2011
MALCOLM TURNBULL has issued a fresh call for leadership on climate change only a week before the Parliament is due to vote on the Gillard government’s controversial carbon tax.
In a speech in London overnight the opposition spokesman on communications urged “long-term thinking and leadership” to compete with China in fields such as climate change.
“While politicians in the West argue about whether or not climate change is real, in China, the world’s largest emitter, billions are being invested in wind, solar and electric vehicles,” he said in a speech at the London School of Economics. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Solyndra II, And More Green Jobs Failure
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 22:22 John Hinderacker, Powerline
Emails released by a Congressional committee show, almost unbelievably, that the Obama administration was poised to lend Solyndra another $469 million loan during the summer of 2010, even as auditors “warned the company was in danger of closing due to its rapidly mounting debts and expenses.” Analysts in the Office of Management and Budget greeted the proposal for a second loan with gallows humor. (GWPF)
Solyndra e-mails: Dept. of Energy was poised to approve *another* $469 million for firm
Solyndra: House seeks more Obama White House emails, as revelations continue – The Washington Post
The Obama administration’s Department of Energy was poised last summer to give Solyndra a second major taxpayer loan of $469 million, even as the company’s financial situation was growing more dire.
The Energy Department was actively pushing to provide the second loan guarantee to the troubled solar-panel manufacturer in April and May 2010, when Solyndra’s auditors warned the company was in danger of closing due to its rapidly mounting debts and expenses, according to complete e-mails just released by a House committee investigating the original loan.
Solar Sales May Drop for First Time as Rates Cut, BNEF Says
Oct. 5 — Sales of solar panels may decline for the first time in 2012, leaving manufacturers with mounting inventories and excess capacity, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst.
“New capacity in 2012 is likely to be flat if not lower than this year after significant drops in subsidies in key European markets,” Martin Simonek, a solar analyst at the London-based research firm, said in an interview. “That demand during 2011 has been stronger than last year has helped many companies stay alive. Next year will be different.” (Bloomberg)
GOP Aims to Taint Bluedog Dems With Solyndra Scandal
By JOHN MCARDLE
During the 2010 election cycle, Republicans earned a surprising amount of traction with an attack ad that hit Democratic incumbents for supporting stimulus spending that ended up funding windmill manufacturing in China.
In 2012, Solyndra could be the new Chinese windmills.
Solyndra and a Billionaire’s Guilt Trip
Was this solar energy company absolution for George Kaiser’s oil money?
By WILLIAM MCGURN
On Wall Street this week protesters dressed as “corporate zombies” are lashing out against corporate greed. If the unfolding Solyndra scandal is any clue, however, maybe someone should ask about the high price we pay when corporate leaders indulge their feelings of guilt.
No one has spoken more frankly about guilt than billionaire George Kaiser, whose family nonprofit was Solyndra’s largest stakeholder. Mr. Kaiser first went public with his guilt in a Rotary Club speech two years ago. There he explained his charitable giving this way:
“It starts with a sense of guilt we should all feel,” he said. “We got to where we are by dumb luck.”
By dumb luck, Mr. Kaiser means that he was born to a caring father who founded an oil business, now known as Kaiser-Francis Oil. Mr. Kaiser took the company over in 1969 and also bought a bank that is now the BOK Financial Corporation. Together oil and banking have made him one of the world’s wealthiest men.
Now, you might suppose that a billionaire whose wealth comes from the progressive world’s two most villainous industries might find himself on the outs with an administration that routinely attacks billionaires, oil companies and bankers. You would, however, be wrong. In fact the record shows that Mr. Kaiser—a top Obama bundler during the last presidential campaign—was welcomed to the White House 16 times over the past two years.
That’s where the now-bankrupt Solyndra comes in. (WSJ)
Merkel suggests cutting solar subsidies further
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday solar energy subsidies should be reduced, and it could make more sense in the future to draw solar energy from places like Greece, where the sun shined longer. (Reuters)
Renewable energy: Subsidy cuts cause crisis of confidence
By Peter Wise
A winning combination of natural advantages, powerful utilities and public policy has made Spain a world leader in renewable energy. But a government decision to make retroactive cuts in one of the guaranteed subsidies that have helped drive this green revolution raises serious questions for the future of Spanish energy policy.
The retroactive cuts in the subsidies paid to producers of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy announced last December came “at the worst possible moment, given the severe economic crisis affecting Spain”, says Miguel Salis, chief executive of N+1 Eolia, which manages Spain’s largest independent wind and solar PV operator. (Financial Times)
In Solyndra note, Summers said Feds “crappy” investor
The government is a “crappy” venture capitalist, Larry Summers, then President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, declared in a 2009 email about a federal loan guarantee to a now-failed solar company. (Reuters)
Spiking Solyndra: Big Three Networks Barely Mention Burgeoning Scandal
Chu: Solyndra’s collapse doesn’t dent solar investment case
By Ben Geman
Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Saturday that the bankruptcy of the solar company Solyndra doesn’t undercut the case for continued federal investment in green energy. (E2 Wire)
Green Energy Industry Staggers
As the Energy Department hustled to get another $4.7 billion in loan guarantees for green tech companies out the door before time ran out and the program ended last week, yet another solar panel manufacturer was wilting in the sun, and the green jobs scam was looking more threadbare than ever. Says the WSJ: (The American Interest)
A U.S.-Backed Geothermal Plant Struggles