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    Scrutinizing the Social Cost of Carbon: Comment to the Energy Department

    On September 16, Heritage analysts David Kreutzer and Kevin Dayaratna sent a request to the Department of Energy requesting that a recent rule incorporating an updated Social Cost of Carbon be opened for additional comments. The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is a monetary value measuring the purported damages from … More

    Energy Secretary Nominee Faces Tough Natural Gas Decision

    If confirmed as the next Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz will take over an agency that has increasingly injected itself into making investment decisions with taxpayer money that would be more efficiently made by the private sector. The Heritage Foundation disagrees with many of the policy recommendations … More

    Employee at DOE Lab Advocates 'Murderous Rampage' Against Reporters

    An employee of a government-funded laboratory in Colorado publicly advocated a “murderous rampage” against reporters at a local news organization, who, she said, “deserve to die.” The threats appeared on the public Twitter profile of Kerri Crosby, an employee of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. The profile … More

    Ron Wyden's Revisionist Solyndra History

    In a recent interview with Platts Energy Week TV, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), incoming chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, discussed his plans to revise government loan programs that he claimed don’t do enough to boost innovative green energy projects. “Right now they’re not doing enough to encourage … 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

    Another DOE-Backed Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

    A solar company that got a multi-million-dollar grant from the Department of Energy earlier this year announced Wednesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, making it the second taxpayer-backed green energy company to file for bankruptcy this week. Satcon Technology Corp. announced the decision in a Wednesday … More

    The 10 Most Revealing Solyndra Emails

    On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bombshell report detailing its investigation into bankrupt solar company Solyndra. Along with the report, the committee released a trove of emails between Solyndra stakeholders and administration officials. They paint a troubling picture of efforts to prop up the company despite its … More

    Solyndra CEO Called the Federal Government the 'Bank of Washington'

    From today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee report on the Department of Energy’s Solyndra loan guarantee comes this startling revelation: Chris Gronet, the CEO of Solyndra, referred to the federal government as the “Bank of Washington,” adding, “it continues to help us.” The report underscores the degree to which the … More

    White House Officials: DOE Concerned With 'Optics' in Solyndra Loan

    When the Energy Department set out to restructure the federal loan for now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra, White House budget staffers insisted that allowing the company to go bankrupt and liquidating its assets would provide greater returns for the taxpayer than the deal DOE had struck with the company’s private investors. … 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