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    Taxpayers Sink Deeper in Solyndra Saga: Part Two

    As Part One of this series explained, bankrupt or not, Solyndra continues to dig deeper into taxpayers’ wallets. This entry examines two contracts the government awarded to the law firm Morrison & Foerster to assist in the cleanup of the failed Solyndra experiment. These examples reveal an alarming trend, one … More

    Taxpayers Sink Deeper in Solyndra Saga: Part One

    Bankrupt or not, Solyndra continues to dig deeper into taxpayers’ wallets. Over the past year, the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Justice (DOJ) have doled out approximately $2.5 million in taxpayer money to clean up the aftereffects of the failed Solyndra experiment. Apparently in the midst of all the paperwork, … More

    Big Chemical: For Natural Gas Exports Before They Were Against Them

    As the country waits with bated breath for the Obama Administration to belatedly approve nearly a dozen natural gas export projects, big chemical companies are lining up in opposition. Leading the charge is Michigan-based Dow Chemical, whose corporate leadership recently voiced its strong opposition to natural gas exports. According to … More

    Overcriminalization: Jail Time for Charging a Cell Phone, Drying Clothes

    Did you know that you could be put in jail for charging your cell phone? Or for hanging your clothes out to dry? These are just two examples of recent events illustrating the burden that overcriminalization puts on the poorest among us. Late last month, a homeless Floridaman, 28-year-old Darren … More

    Energy Independence the Free-Market Way

    It was clear in pre-election discussion that Americans want energy independence. The most successful means to this end has been the free market—and the release of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook proves it. IEA projects that while global energy demand will climb, America will emerge as … More

    IEA Says U.S. to Become Energy Independent by 2030; Obama Administration Says Not So Fast

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Annual World Energy Outlook this week with the headline that the U.S. could become a net exporter of natural gas by 2020 and essentially energy independent by 2035. This transformation is a direct result of the private-sector innovation and investments to develop new … More

    Five Questions for Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    On Tuesday morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the National Press Club. Here are five questions we’d like him to answer: You said the outcome of the Chicago teachers strike was “great for children.” Considering that the union hindered a merit-pay proposal that would have awarded the … More

    How to Boost U.S. Exports: Legalize Them

    The Obama Administration appears to be picking winners and losers again. The President has said he wants to “double our exports over the next five years” through his National Export Initiative. Apparently, those exports don’t include natural gas, a booming and vibrant sector of the national economy. Currently, liquefied natural … More

    Department of Education Knows Best: Washington’s Idea of Flexibility in Education

    Don’t worry. The Department of Education says we can trust that the Obama Administration’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver plan is the best solution for improving public schools. In a letter to the editor in The Washington Post on July 25, Education Secretary Arne Duncan asserted that the waiver … More

    DOE Ignores Criminal Investigations When Considering Contract Applicants

    It is Department of Energy policy to ignore the federal government’s own criminal investigations into companies applying for taxpayer funding. The admission came from a DOE official who testified at a congressional hearing Thursday. The hearing focused on federal support for Ecotality, a company that manufactures electric vehicle charging stations. … More