Thursday, September 15, 2011

Solyndra, Part Deux

The Solyndra story that I mentioned several weeks ago is still going. Amazingly, the investigation by Congress has proved to be quite fruitful:
GOP lawmakers said the White House had scheduled a groundbreaking for Solyndra Inc. even before the Department of Energy had submitted its final paperwork on the terms of the loan to the OMB. 
"We would prefer to have sufficient time to do our due diligence reviews and have the approval set the date for the announcement rather than the other way around," said one of the emails from an unnamed OMB aide to the office of Vice President Joe Biden.
 Apparently, the White House was pressing for the approval because Joe Biden had already committed to attend the ground-breaking ceremony. And Jay Carney, spokesperson extraordinaire, pretty much confirms this to be the case in his "defense" of the admin:
White House spokesman Jay Carney attributed the rush to scheduling decisions. 
"What the emails make clear is there was urgency to make a decision on a scheduling matter. It is a big proposition to move the president or to put on an event and that sort of thing so people were simply looking for answers about whether or not people could move forward," Carney told reporters at the White House.
In other words, according to Carney, the scheduling issue trumps everything else. Due diligence has to take a back seat to "scheduling," never mind the half-billion of U.S. taxpayer dollars at stake. Beautiful.

And again, I think this less about crony capitalism and political payoffs and more about an admin so gung-ho
to be seen as leading the charge in developing "green" energy that common sense--and everything else--has to take a back seat.

Cheers, all.

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