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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fisker Automotive":

"… build fuel-efficient vehicles, and cutting-edge upstarts Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive develop electric cars and plug-in hybrids. A smaller loan went to a Miami …"

Energy-backed firms award bonuses, file bankruptcy

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

The DOE financed green energy companies that later fell into bankruptcy — but not before the firms awarded big executive bonuses

Excerpts from this story referencing "company spokesman":

"… for an interview, said he could not comment. He is no longer with Ener1.A company spokesman said the bonuses were paid through Ener1, the corporate holding company, n …"

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 "Fisker Automotive":

"… h electric cars. “We're making a bet in innovation.” The thousands of Fisker Automotive cars never did roll off assembly lines, and the thousands of jobs never su …"

"… outside suppliers — that derailed his vision. “From the outset, Fisker Automotive aimed to be a new American car company, setting pioneering standards for l …"

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 "Joe Biden":

"… the country.” Yet for Fisker, whose loan was heralded by Vice President Joe Biden, the risks remain ripe. The company’s vision of developing a muscular Ka …"

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 "Ohio":

"… attleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

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 "Energy Department":

"… st meet to continue drawing federal money. It is not yet clear whether the Energy Department will alter the loan’s terms, or invest more taxpayer dollars in the Fisk …"

"… l off assembly lines in the U.S. every year beginning in late 2012,” the Energy Department announced.To date, Fisker has received $193 million in government funds, a …"

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 "Tesla":

"… ng winners. The very process invites cronyism and outright corruption.” Tesla Also Benefitted From Green Energy Loan ABC News got an early look at both …"

"… week, and of the new family sedan being built by a rival start-up company, Tesla, which also benefitted from a green energy loan. Silicon Valley-based Tes …"

"… sla, which also benefitted from a green energy loan. Silicon Valley-based Tesla plans to build 20,000 vehicles a year at a massive shuttered auto plant it …"

"… warming. “I think socially it is very much the right time,” he said. Tesla has already been selling its high-priced Roadster to a niche market that i …"

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 "Finland":

"… tomotive to assemble its high concept electric sports sedan, the Karma, in Finland, even though U.S. taxpayers had made a major investment in the car's devel …"

"… ed even after the company had announced its decision to build the Karma in Finland. While the Department of Energy did set aside about $170 million to financ …"

"… , as I believe the CEO said to ABC, are not being used for its facility in Finland." "There are already jobs on the ground in the United States both directl …"

"… uarters on the West Coast," Carney said. "The model that is being built in Finland, relies on suppliers and others here in the United States before it is man …"

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 "Al Gore":

"… werhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore and a campaign donor to President Obama. The other is Tesla Motors, whose …"

"… has not replied to interview requests since March. Former Vice President Al Gore is another Kleiner Perkins senior partner. Gore could not be reached for c …"

"… nd Fisker because their major venture investor is Kleiner Perkins, who has Al Gore as a partner and is certainly politically connected in general,” said in …"