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    Scribecast: Acting 'Green' Is Now More Important Than Helping Environment

    As environmentalism has become more trendy, the value of appearing green is now more important than helping the environment, argues Todd Myers in a new book called “Eco-Fads.” He spoke at Heritage this week and joined us for Scribecast.  Myers cited the Obama administration’s $535 million Solyndra scandal as a … More

    Citing Solyndra, House GOP Whip Says Steven Chu Should Be Replaced

    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday said Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s lack of knowledge about the problems plaguing now-bankrupt Solyndra demonstrates poor management skills that preclude him from being an effective Cabinet-level official. “I would look to have somebody else manage” the Department of Energy, McCarthy said on … More

    'Smart Grid' Manufacturers the Next 'Green' Sector Under Fire

    Government-backed solar companies have taken a beating over the last few months, with Solyndra garnering most of the attention. But since the solar company’s bankruptcy in late August, another sector of the “green economy” has moved to the edge of a financial cliff: the renewable electricity grid. Like Solyndra, a … More

    New Mobile App Makes U.S. House Even More Accessible

    Republican leaders this week unveiled a new mobile app that helps Americans follow the action of the House of Representatives from the palm of their hand. The app is available on the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android phone and tablet. The app, called WhipCast, is the first government app to … More

    Exclusive Interview: Sen. Cornyn Says Obama Has 'Given Up on Governing'

    The debt-limit deal this summer guaranteed a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment this year. As the House and Senate prepare to vote, there is concern among conservatives that lawmakers will act on a proposal that includes weaker language than others. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke at Heritage today about … More

    Report Alleges White House Hypocrisy on Executive Compensation

    House investigators are alleging a White House double standard in its rhetoric toward executive compensation for large financial institutions. The allegations appear in a report released in advance of a hearing on government-back housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. President Obama ramped up the populist rhetoric in 2009 with … More

    DOE Inspector General Raises Doubts About Solyndra Loan Program

    The Energy Department’s Inspector General has recommended that the loan guarantee program that financed Solyndra be placed on a department “watch list.” The IG’s report raises concerns over the “exposure to risk” created by the program, but stops short of recommending its repeal. Solyndra secured a $535 million loan guarantee … More

    Nine Companies Financed by Liberal VC Firm Get Taxpayer Backing

    Scribe has reported extensively on the tendency of large government spending projects to reward the politically connected. It’s a virtual constant of federal interventions in the market, and perhaps nowhere is it more evident than in the Obama administration’s “green jobs” push. Writing on National Review Online today, I detail … More

    New York Business Owners to Counter-Protest 'Occupy Wall Street'

    Scribe reported last week on the extensive damage to small businesses wrought by the “Occupy” protests being staged around the country. In lower Manhattan, business owners are fighting back. Having been forced to endure nearly half a million dollars in lost revenue, they are planning to stage a counter-protest. At … More

    Report: 80% of DOE Green Energy Loans Went to Obama Backers

    A new book by Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer details the startling extent of the cronyism that has pervaded President Obama’s “green jobs” push. According to Schweizer, 4 out of every 5 renewable energy companies backed by the Energy Department was “run by or primarily owned by Obama financial backers.” … More