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    President Obama's Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Failures

    It is no secret that President Obama’s and green energy supporters’ (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press. Sure, single instances garner attention as they happen, but they ignore past failures in order … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts Analyze Second Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. Join us today at 11 a.m. ET for a Google hangout as … More

    House Committee Launches Document Probe Into DOE, Abound Solar

    Bankrupt solar module manufacturer Abound Solar, recipient of a Department of Energy loan guarantee of $400 million, and the subject of an official investigation in its home state of Colorado, now faces additional scrutiny in the form of a document probe from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The letter … More

    Bankrupt DOE Loan Recipient Abound Solar Under Investigation, Panels Suffered "Catastrophic Failure"

    Abound Solar, a Department of Energy $400 million loan guarantee recipient that went bankrupt earlier this year, is under investigation by officials in Weld County, Colorado. The company, which received nearly $70 million in loan funding before payments were cut off by DOE in 2011, also received a $100,000 tax … More

    Auto Bailout Success? For Union Workers, Maybe

    President Obama’s auto bailout is being touted as a great success of his Administration. Speaking in Detroit at a Labor Day rally, Vice President Joe Biden used it to explain how Americans were better off. “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden boasted. In Charlotte, former … More

    Abound Solar Collapse Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Shortfall

    Abound Solar’s June bankruptcy could leave the residents of Weld County, CO, on the hook if court proceedings do not deliver the projected business personal property tax receipts anticipated before the company’s demise. The Greeley Tribune reports: Abound owes more than $950,000 in property taxes this year and will owe … More

    Morning Bell: Auto Bailout Was Really Just a UAW Bailout

    President Obama told the United Auto Workers (UAW) in February not to listen to critics of the auto bailout who said union members “made out like bandits—that saving the auto industry was just about paying back the unions.” “Really?” Obama said. “I mean, even by the standards of this town … More

    Another Stimulus-Backed Energy Company Files for Bankruptcy

    After months of financial turmoil, an Energy Department-backed lithium ion battery company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company, Ener1, received a $118 million grant from DOE in 2010 as part of the president’s stimulus package. The money, which went to Ener1 subsidiary EnerDel, aimed to promote renewable … More

    Another Government-Picked Power Company Buried in the Green Graveyard

    When the government-backed Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, policymakers supportive of the loan-guarantee program said variations of the following: “If this were a venture capital firm and only one out of 10 projects failed, they would be a great success.” That would be fine if it were private money, … More

    Congressional Investigator: More Solar Bankruptcies to Come

    A top congressional investigator said on Tuesday that he believes more companies that benefitted from the stimulus bill’s renewable energy loan guarantee program will go bankrupt before all allotted funds are spent. The program, which guaranteed a $535 million loan to Solyndra before the company declared bankruptcy last week, still … More