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    Chart of the Week: Cut Spending to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff

    The Heritage Foundation has updated its Saving the American Dream plan as the nation moves inexorably towards the fiscal cliff set to hit at the beginning of 2013. From Amy Payne’s Morning Bell: To meet this challenge, Heritage Foundation experts updated our Saving the American Dream plan to address the … More

    DOE Issues Nearly $1 Million to Ailing A123 on Day of Bankruptcy Filing

    The Department of Energy’s clean energy grant-making program delivered a reimbursement to ailing battery maker A123 approaching $1 million on the same day the company filed for bankruptcy, according to Reuters: The company, which makes lithium ion batteries for electric cars, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after … More

    Lawsuit Alleges "Corruption and Negligence" at Department of Energy

    A lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday alleges mass favoritism in the Department of Energy’s decisions to award federal grants to major car companies to develop electric vehicles, according to a legal complaint obtained by Scribe. The plaintiff, San Francisco-based XP Technology, says in a complaint filed in the … More

    Two More Stimulus-Backed Solar Companies Announce Layoffs

    A pair of foreign-owned solar companies that benefited from a combined $84 million in Energy Department tax credits have announced they will lay off employees. One of the companies, German-owned SolarWorld, was integral in the fight for tariffs against the importation of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels. The other, Chinese company SunTech, blamed … More

    Pentagon More Active in 'Green' Energy than the Energy Department

    According to a new report on financial waste in the Department of Defense, the Pentagon initiated more renewable energy projects in 2010 – the year measured – than any other federal agency, including the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. Those findings are detailed in a report (embedded below) released Thursday … More

    Left-Wing Groups Misused More than $750,000 in Stimulus Housing Grants

    A pair of left-wing groups misused hundreds of thousands of dollars in stimulus grant funds, according to federal investigators, who questioned the validity of every dollar the two groups received. In a report released Monday, Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general raised concerns about $752,982 in stimulus disbursements … More

    The Full Script for Matt Damon's UAE-Funded Anti-Fracking Film

    In September, Scribe reported that Promised Land, a forthcoming film written by and starring Matt Damon, is financed in part by the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. The script for the film has now been leaked, and is embedded below. Journalists Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney obtained the script and posted … More

    Michigan's Rejection of Renewable Energy Mandate Avoids Higher Costs

    Michigan voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment last week that would have imposed a mandate requiring the state’s utilities to source 25 percent of their electric sales annually from renewable energy by 2025. Proposal 3, dubbed “25 by 25,” called for more renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass, and … More

    WATCH LIVE: Heritage Hosts Gathering of House Conservatives

    Heritage will host Conversations with Conservatives, a gathering of House conservatives on Capitol Hill at 11:30 AM today. Members will discuss a range of issues before the Congress, including the Fiscal Cliff, impending tax hikes, the state of Obamacare, the lame duck agenda, and other timely topics. Feel free to … More

    Left and Right Have Irreconcilable Views on Carbon Tax Proposals

    Prominent right-of-center groups and individuals have floated the idea recently of backing a carbon tax that uses its revenue to offset other taxes or pay down the national debt. But a new industry report casts doubt on the viability of that policy, and the contradictory proposals of carbon tax proponents … More