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 "energy":

"… ely the energy Department picks winners and losers for its lucrative green energy portfolio. The audit focuses on DOE loan programs, including one known as …"

"… ra debacle continues to hover over the program. Solyndra, the first green energy loan guarantee unveiled by the Obama administration, was announced with fa …"

Solyndra loan guarantee 'a bad bet from the beginning,' GOP report says

By Alice Su

The Department of Energy knew a $535 million loan guarantee to the failed solar-panel maker was risky, a House report says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… omissions of exculpatory information received by the Committee."   …"

"… firms what we said on day one: this was a merit based decision made by the Department of Energy. As Republicans won’t answer how much investigation has cost taxpayers, …"

Treasury Department review of Solyndra loan was rushed, report says

By Chris Hamby

Energy Department didn't involve Treasury Department until loan to now-bankrupt company was largely finalized, report says

Excerpts from this story referencing "model":

"… us iWatch News reporting on Solyndra.The loan, originally touted as a model of President Obama’s green energy program, has become a political weapon …"

Department of Energy knew of Solyndra risks, former FBI agent finds

By Ronnie Greene

Department of Energy knew the risks of backing Solyndra Inc. with a half-billion dollar loan, a former FBI agent found.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Chu":

"… ter for Public Integrity and ABC News reported last year, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that conditional commitment to back Solyndra before completed ma …"

Audit cites risk in DOE loan program

By Ronnie Greene

A new audit of the Department of Energy’s $34 billion loan guarantee program said the agency doesn’t always follow its own rules

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 "Joe Biden":

"… rgy grant in August 2009. About one-and-a-half years later, Vice President Joe Biden toured a company plant in Indiana and heralded its taxpayer-supported expa …"

Obama’s ‘smidgen’ of truth on energy efficiency

By FactCheck.Org

The President inaccurately calls out conservatives for failing to offer new green ideas

DOE needs better risk management

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

In light of loans to companies like Solyndra, DOE needs better risk management of companies receving loans

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Upton":

"… to lose 'just' $3 billion,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns said …"

Chu denies 'undue political influence' in Solyndra loan

By Matthew Mosk

Energy Secretary Steven Chu tells Congress he is surprised and dismayed by suggestions of undue influence behind Solyndra loan

Energy Dept. offered to put private investors ahead of taxpayers if Solyndra went bankrupt

By Ronnie Greene

Email trail shows Energy Department offered to put investors first if Solyndra collapsed

Emails show Energy Dept. sought to hide Solyndra layoffs until after 2010 elections

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Energy Department pressed Solyndra to delay layoffs until after pivotal 2010 election

Former Obama aide predicted Solyndra scandal — and urged Chu's ouster

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Former Obama campaign staffer considered Chu 'too associated' with Silicon Valley business elite

Obama donor weighed asking White House to save Solyndra, emails say

By Matthew Mosk

Emails from Obama bundler George Kaiser show he contemplated pulling government's strings to save solar firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Upton":

"… directly contradict those statements," said a statement released by Reps. Fred Upton (Mich.) and Cliff Stearns (Fla.), the Republicans who have been spearheadi …"

House committee votes to subpoena White House over Solyndra loan

By Corbin Hiar, Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

A House committee voted Thursday along party lines to subpoena President Obama's inner circle for Solyndra correspondence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Upton":

"… aides? “I wish it had not come to this,” Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said repeatedly. The subpoena “is a tool we use sparingly, and …"

Few stimulus-financed energy projects were ‘shovel ready’

By Alexandra Duszak

Inspector general scrutinizes federal spending throughout Energy Department

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory Friedman":

"… t reality: Few shovel ready projects and some 100 ongoing investigations. Gregory Friedman, Energy’s Inspector General, said the DOE programs benefiting from the R …"

GOP to subpoena White House over Solyndra

By Corbin Hiar

Administration seeks audit of Energy Department loans while GOP threatens to subpoena the president

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Upton":

"… tigation of the Solyndra loan. Friday, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and investigations subcommittee head Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said …"

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

Solyndra investor's foundation status called into question

By Amy Biegelsen

Senator questions tax status of George Kaiser's foundation

Energy Dept. ignored warnings on Solyndra, say treasury emails

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Officials say DOE was warned about refinancing of loan to solar firm Solyndra

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Upton":

"… Secretary of the Treasury before granting any deviation in the loan," said Fred Upton, R-Mich., chair of the committee. "Putting the taxpayers at the back of th …"

Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison resigns

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

House hearing will investigate DOE's refinancing of Solyndra loan

Fundraiser for Obama urged Solyndra deal from the inside

By Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

With White House "breathing down my neck," bundler-turned-appointee pushed Solyndra loan

Excerpts from this story referencing "model":

"… imately approved in 2009 and for months was touted by President Obama as a model of his efforts to create new jobs in the emerging field of clean energy. B …"

Head of embattled energy loan program, Jonathan Silver, steps down

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Venture capitalist-turned-chief of embattled energy loan program resigns amid Solyndra fallout.

Donor warned Obama that Solyndra 'could haunt him'

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Venture capitalist's email illustrates closeness between administration and campaign bundlers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steve Westly":

"… he administration and bundlers with a stake in Energy Department funding. Steve Westly, a California venture capitalist who raised more than $500,000 for Obama …"

Solyndra executives refusing to answer bankruptcy questions

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top officers at failed solar firm Solyndra refuse to co-operate with bankruptcy proceedings

Bundlers on the inside

By Ronnie Greene, Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Top Obama fundraisers at Energy Department included an overseer of stimulus billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Chu":

"… who raised at least $500,000 for Obama. He became one of Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s key loan programs advisors while his wife’s law firm represented a n …"

Solyndra excutives stonewall Congress

By Matthew Mosk

Officials from failed solar firm Solyndra duck questions about $535M loan

Solyndra told Congress it was 'on track' for success

By Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

A status report of solar firm's finances assured Congress a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jonathan Silver":

"… members of the House investigative subcommittee last week. Members grilled Jonathan Silver, head of the Energy Department's loan program, and Jeffrey Zients, deputy …"

Solyndra executives will take the Fifth before Congress

By Matthew Mosk

Top solar firm executives will plead the Fifth before Congress this week

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jan Nielsen Little":

"… e irresponsible for anyone in his position not to [take the Fifth]," wrote Jan Nielsen Little, the lawyer for Solyndra's chief financial officer, W.G. Stover, Jr., in a …"

Obama White House warned Solyndra bad for re-election

By Matthew Mosk

White House analysts knew the $535M loan to Solyndra might have bad consequences, and told President Obama about it

Center's Ronnie Greene Discusses Solyndra with CNN

Reporter Ronnie Greene interviewed for a CNN segment on failed solar company Solyndra

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