Two DOE electric car loans, two different paths

By Ronnie Greene

As Fisker Automotive struggles to stay afloat, Tesla Motors pays off its Energy Department loan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… In 2009, each secured half-billion dollar loan commitments from President Obama’s Department of Energy to help transform their clean-energy cars from dr …"

"… President Al Gore. Tesla’s prime backers include venture capitalist and Obama fundraiser Steve Westly, and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin …"

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… 6.1 million to air the ad in eight battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

Obama rainmakers enjoy White House invites, appointments and contracts

By Fred Schulte and Aaron Mehta

Dozens of the president's top fundraisers enjoy White House invites, administration appointments and government contracts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Penny Pritzker":

"… rs to such appointments as “key administration posts.”Chicago investor Penny Pritzker, an early Obama financial organizer and bundler, serves on the Kennedy Cen …"

Republicans call for probe of Obama’s green car program

By Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Ronnie Greene

Representative calls for further investigation into Energy Dept. loans to electric car companies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… ar — a more affordable family car that is supposed to be manufactured in Delaware. Fisker received its government loan even after company executives told E …"

"… redict will eventually create thousands of jobs at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. “Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, …"

"… create U.S. jobs, which led to the purchase [of] its own assembly plant in Delaware where we plan to establish production of our second, higher volume, line o …"

"… ough about 100 assembly line workers have been hired to start prepping the Delaware facility. Press Secretary Jay Carney told ABC News White House Correspond …"

Energy's risky $1 billion bet on two politically-connected electric car builders

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross

Two politically connected firms get $1 billion in federal loans to build electric cars

Excerpts from this story referencing "Penny Pritzker":

"… her Tesla investor is Nick Pritzker, a donor to Obama and a cousin of Penny Pritzker, the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 campaign. O’Connell, the …"

FACT CHECK: Did Rep. Darrell Issa run 'political interference?'

By FactCheck.Org

Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace suggests Rep. Issa may have advocated for a Solyndra-like green company

Green bundler with the golden touch

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Investor Steve Westly straddles the worlds of venture capital, presidential fundraising and government advising

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… temporary and fulltime workers the following year, prompting questions in Congress over whether its new manufacturing plant will spur the 1,000 fulltime U.S. …"

"… g scrutiny. The Government Accountability Office, the investigatory arm of Congress, raised concerns in a report last year about favoritism in the awarding of …"

"… of some loan guarantees. The Energy Department’s inspector general told Congress this month that some stimulus contracts may have been steered to “friend …"

"… peech at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, using the setting to press Congress to pass a $5 billion extension to the administration’s clean energy manu …"

Energy Department 'bet' on Fisker Automotive ends in bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene

An Energy Department program meant to spur development of electric cars faces another setback with Fisker Chapter 11 filing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ild a fleet of sleek plug-ins four years ago, the Obama administration’s Energy Department promised cutting-edge cars and thousands of jobs. “We're mak …"

"… Fisker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection — a symbol of a larger Energy Department electric car program that has yet to fully take off. In Octobe …"

"… In October 2011, The Center for Public Integrity and ABC News explored the Energy Department’s risky $1 billion bet on Fisker and another California elect …"

"… loan nine years early, but Fisker’s project never gained traction. The Energy Department earmarked $529 million to Fisker and ultimately dispersed $192 …"

Energy Department auto loan program sputters

By Ronnie Greene

A $25 billion Department of Energy loan program has not closed a loan in two years amid the specter of Solyndra.

Another green energy company stumbles: Fisker announces layoffs

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Electric car maker Fisker lays off workers, while asking the federal government for continued support

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… t with help from a $529 million federal loan, has announced layoffs at its Delaware plant as it tries to persuade the Department of Energy to continue backing …"

"… ublic money.The company says 26 Fisker employees have been let go from the Delaware factory where renowned automotive engineer Henrik Fisker promised to …"

"… k Fisker promised to one day begin producing affordable electric sedans. A Delaware newspaper also reported that subcontractors working on the car venture hav …"

"… and others.“Folks, we're making a bet,” Biden said on Oct. 27, 2009 in Delaware. “We're making a bet in the future, we're making a bet in the American p …"

Obama Administration defends Fisker cars from Solyndra comparison

By Matthew Mosk

Both Obama Administration and Finnish car company distance themselves from comparison to failed energy project Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… h would eventually be assembled by U.S. workers at a shuttered GM plant in Delaware. "Not a single dollar of the [Department of Energy] DoE loans has been, o …"

"… the ground in the United States both directly at the plant in Wilmington [Delaware] and at the headquarters on the West Coast," Carney said. "The model that …"

Federal fleet numbers in question again; first limos, now electric carts

By Joe Eaton

GSA calculates NASA electric cart cost at $29 per mile; NASA says $4.60

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ds. In response to the errors, a government watchdog group and a member of Congress are questioning GSA’s ability to track government assets.According to th …"

"… a self-reported by federal agencies. The fleet report is used by agencies, Congress and the public to track the size, cost, use and fuel consumption of the fe …"

Bush's new Chief of Staff once fought for polluters

By Brenda R. Mayrack

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2001 — As their top lobbyist, Andrew H. Card Jr. led a $25 million lobbying campaign on behalf of the "Big Three" U.

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… ines for 12 East Coast states, which would require automakers to sell some natural gas or electric cars to meet emissions limits within these states. The AAMA op …"