Obama’s energy secretary: Politics had nothing to do with the Solyndra loan

posted at 10:21 pm on November 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via William Amos, a sneak preview of what Chu’s planning to tell Congress on Thursday. My favorite part is when he claims that no one at his level was aware of the political affiliations of Solyndra’s backers, even though we now know from e-mails written by George Kaiser himself that Kaiser talked to people in the White House about Solyndra.

It’s as simple as this: Someone needs to be fired for the slimy cronyist hackery involved in asking Solyndra to hold off on layoffs until after the midterms so that the news wouldn’t hurt Democrats. There’s a lot of political roadkill under the tires of Obama’s bus already, and at least one former Obama advisor had a pretty good idea of who the weak link in the chain is at the Energy Department. And so we begin the official Steven Chu political death poll: When do you think Obama will “accept his resignation”? I’ve got dibs on the day after Thanksgiving, when the news cycle is at its sleepiest.

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Day before Thanksgiving. Too many folks busy preparing the turkey and getting ready for a weekend of football watching.

either orr on November 15, 2011 at 10:23 PM

I feel so much better.

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Chu could share a ride with Holder to Leavenworth, both of those fools are criminals.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Thanksgiving Day.

Knucklehead on November 15, 2011 at 10:24 PM

What’s the difference between a Chu in Energy, & a sneeze? One’s relatively easy to clean up after.

itsnotaboutme on November 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Obama’s energy secretary: Politics had nothing to do with the Solyndra loan

What else would he claim?

CW on November 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Sunday the 20th at around 7:00 p.m.

ArkCon on November 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Gdamn—-Do any of these fkrs know anything? First Holder’s chief of staff and now Chu. Can a congressman at one of these hearings nut up and give these guys the third degree at a hearing? No Arnold, they can’t.

arnold ziffel on November 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Of course not! … bribery did.

viking01 on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I’ve got dibs on the day after Thanksgiving, when the news cycle is at its sleepiest.

Hmmmm. I dunno, have you priced a turkey lately? I’m going to go with the day right before Thanksgiving. What do I win if I’m right?

cynccook on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I don’t think Chu’s going anywhere. You underestimate the arrogance of these people.

Mark1971 on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

You Lie!!!

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

u lie

sbvft contributor on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

You Chu Lie!!!

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

u Chu lie

sbvft contributor on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

cynccook on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

So the loan of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to a company that was utterly failing was….what exactly, good business sense?

Either Chu is lying or he’s incompetent.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I don’t think Chu’s going anywhere. You underestimate the arrogance of these people.

Mark1971 on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I agree. Did Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano ever pay the price for her countless f ups in 2009? Has Eric Holder gotten run for Fast and Furious or the NBPP controversy? What about Geithner? Bernanke? Why would anyone think Chu would be fired by Obama? So the media doesn’t go after him? Please.

Doughboy on November 15, 2011 at 10:32 PM

cynccook on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Good catch.
Mine had emphasis though…

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Either Chu is lying or he’s incompetent.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

He’s an incompetent liar

darwin-t on November 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

O/T:

Ouch! Sarah Palin on Greta: “If it’s true, (about Sandusky), hang him from the highest tree and I’ll bring the rope”

Rovin on November 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Either Chu is lying or he’s incompetent.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Just like his boss.

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Via William Amos,
====================

*****************WOOT-WOOT***************************************

canopfor on November 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM

O/T:

Ouch! Sarah Palin on Greta: “If it’s true, (about Sandusky), hang him from the highest tree and I’ll bring the rope”

Rovin on November 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

And don’t hang him by his neck either. Use another body part.

Doughboy on November 15, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Please don’t stop adding “Nobel prize winning physicist” before saying his name. The elites people who care about those kinds of things started it, so please keep pounding it home and let it amplify his failures.
 
Make them own it.

rogerb on November 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM

So the loan of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to a company that was utterly failing was….what exactly, good business sense?

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

But Obama said it was a good bet. What, you don’t agree?

arnold ziffel on November 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Ouch! Sarah Palin on Greta: “If it’s true, (about Sandusky), hang him from the highest tree and I’ll bring the rope”

Rovin on November 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Rick Perry and Zeke Huntsman hardest hit.

Knucklehead on November 15, 2011 at 10:36 PM

So the loan of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to a company that was utterly failing was….what exactly, good business sense?

Either Chu is lying or he’s incompetent.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I don’t think he was lying, what I think he meant was that they were more interested in the unjust enrichment aspect of it.

cynccook on November 15, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I’ve got dibs on the day after Thanksgiving, when the news cycle is at its sleepiest.

It’s going to be one hell of a black friday.

ninjapirate on November 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

FU Man-Chu.

Sorry, it’s getting late and I’m tired.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Oops……………

Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms
Tuesday, November 15, 10:46 AM
******************************

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/solyndra-department-of-energy-pushed-hard-for-company-not-to-announce-layoffs-until-after-2010-mid-term-elections/2011/11/15/gIQA2AriON_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

canopfor on November 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

FU Man-Chu.

Sorry, it’s getting late and I’m tired.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Niiiice. You should listen to this at once.

cynccook on November 15, 2011 at 10:40 PM

It is terrifying that this lying, incompetant, head-up-his-*** buffoon is in charge of the DOE. Who knows how many millions upon millions of dollars have been wasted under his watch.

Of course he is just doing the bidding of the Marxist in Chief.

WisCon on November 15, 2011 at 10:41 PM

“So Mr. Chu, why did you pressure Solyndra executives to defer any layoffs until after the 2010 election?”

-Uhhh…me no speakee Englisssss….

“Yeah, that’s what I thought.”

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Either Chu is lying or he’s incompetent.

Bishop on November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Just like his boss.

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Seems like a lot of that going around in El Presidente Downgrade’s administration for some odd reason.

But thankfully, we have adults in charge…

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 10:42 PM

But, but… Nobel?

BKeyser on November 15, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Whuh Chu talkin’ ’bout?

SouthernGent on November 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM

If you stop to consider all of the hacks and radicals that Obama picked for this administration it really is pathetic. Just look at his SCOTUS picks for crying out loud.

Out of allllllll the Leftist intellectuals, community agitators, lobbyists, Union Thugs, slip n’ fall trial lawyers, ideologues, activists, etc. this was the best he could get in this country?

visions on November 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

good pick for black friday, allahp.

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Whuh Chu talkin’ ’bout?

SouthernGent on November 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM

He was blowing out his ass.
No translation required.

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Former Obama aide predicted Solyndra scandal — and urged Chu’s ouster
Updated: 1:21 pm, November 14, 2011
***********************************

Clean energy activist considered Energy chief ‘too associated’ with Silicon Valley business elite
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New internal White House emails reveal that a scathing critique of Energy Secretary Steven Chu by a former Obama political advisor was widely circulated at the highest levels of the administration.

The Feb. 25, 2011 email that sparked the deliberations landed on West Wing desks just as the solar energy firm Solyndra was starting to show outward signs of financial trouble. It was sent by Dan Carol, a former Obama campaign staffer and clean energy advocate who was described by Obama’s then-Chief of Staff Pete Rouse as someone whose views “reflect the President’s general philosophy on energy policy.”

Carol’s four-page proposal to restructure the Energy Department included the blunt recommendation that Chu be fired, and that his leadership team also be replaced, calling it time for “serious changes, even if they are uncomfortable to make.”
(More….)
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http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/11/14/7386/former-obama-aide-predicted-solyndra-scandal-and-urged-chus-ouster?utm_source=iwatch&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=twitter

canopfor on November 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I don’t think Chu’s going anywhere. You underestimate the arrogance of these people.
Mark1971 on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Yep.
And the main reason is that they know the media has their back ,will cover for them and there is consequently no check on their corruption.
That’s the mortal danger of having a media that is overwhelmingly populated by individuals committed to one political perspective and party.
The media is willfully enabling power corrupting absolutely to the point of tyranny.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Bald faced liar. Chu must have Holder syndrome – saw nothing, heard nothing, knew nothing,

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 15, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Let’s see:

Democrat? Check

Part of the Obama Administration? Check

Media still adoringly lapping Obama’s ….. ? Check

When will Chu be fired? Not going to happen, any more than Holder resigning or being prosecuted.

They are Dems, they are above the law, they are part of the Obama administration, they don’t even have to know what the law is.

AZfederalist on November 15, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Is there anyone in the Obama administration chu, wu, I mean who, isn’t a crook?

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM

We shouldn’t be surprised by the democrats’ close involvement with “green” companies.

The democrats understand that these “green” companies are not competitive, and cannot compete in the marketplace.

Democrats don’t much believe in the marketplace. Instead, they see themselves more as gods, circumventing the natural laws of the market, forcing winners and losers; sort of like Athena helping Diomedes.

And make no mistake, Diomedes is a socialist stranglehold on the economy through Climate Change Scare Tactics. Diomedes is NOT the middle class consumer.

jaime on November 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Ya know,ahem,in this current Administration,

the Journa(O)listers are Embedded,
and it appears,all the rest of the
Left,are in bed!!

canopfor on November 15, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Yo chu, get your resume out. You will be fired in Nov.

JustJP on November 15, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Fired?? Is that all, fired?

How about in JAIL for what is obvious complete malfescence here (sp?). Not to mention blatantly and illegally ripping off the taxpayer money!! Not to mention laundering taxpayer money back to political donors!! Not to mention racketeering!!

Need I go on?

karenhasfreedom on November 15, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Until the layoff suppression story came out I would not have argued Chu was crooked, just an ideologue well out of his depth in his job. I’d still settle for getting the guy to do an undercarriage inspection on the Obamabus.

Holder, on the other hand…I hope Mexico gets up the nerve to ask for his extradition.

JEM on November 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Interesting that the email was turned over. Obviously the administration read it – first step in creating the narrative, I guess.

Chu should have been fired after the BP debacle. He overrode BP when they were trying to kill the well with mud injection. BP engineers were confident they were winning (in hindsight they were), but Chu with his Nobel Prize in Reservoir Engineering and Well Design decided the well casing would rupture, draining the entire Gulf of Mexico.

deadman on November 15, 2011 at 11:29 PM

What does it matter when Chu is sacrificed? The press would completely ignore it if the announcement was made at noon on Monday.

Jaibones on November 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM

I’ve got dibs on the day after Thanksgiving, when the news cycle is at its sleepiest.

Can’t see it happening. Barry picked Chu. To can Chu would mean Barry made a mistake. THE ONE does not make mistakes. Should Chu leave, you can be sure that it will be “in order to devote more time to my family”.

GarandFan on November 16, 2011 at 12:16 AM

If you stop to consider all of the hacks and radicals that Obama picked for this administration it really is pathetic. Just look at his SCOTUS picks for crying out loud.

Out of allllllll the Leftist intellectuals, community agitators, lobbyists, Union Thugs, slip n’ fall trial lawyers, ideologues, activists, etc. this was the best he could get in this country?

visions on November 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Agreed. A very small consolation, but Obama isn’t just a closet Marxist, he is a lame and incompetent Marxist, and he has surrounded himself with a gaggle of pseudo-intellectual poseurs who are every bit as lame as he is.

It is a shame and a disgrace, for example, that he has put Sotomayor and Kagan on the Supreme Court, given that they are both a couple of incompetent hacks who were perfectly willing to attempt to mislead the Senate and perjure themselves in their confirmation hearings. But neither of them is capable of writing a decision that will bend the law of the land to the Left effectively. And that is good. Their only impact on the court will be tha they will be reliable liberal votes, and unless Obama gets to appoint at least one more Justice, that probably won’t matter very much.

Obama and his crew of credentialed fools will certainly set us back a few years. It will take the next administration some time to undo the damage, but it can and will be undone. I think history will ultimately judge this administration very harshly, and the historical comparisons to the hapless and ineffective Carter administration are inevitable.

novaculus on November 16, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Tar and feathers aren’t enough for what Chu has done…

He is a brilliant man with ZERO common sense…

OLD NAVY SAYING: You can delegate authority, but you can’t delegate responsibility…

Khun Joe on November 16, 2011 at 3:55 AM

Someone needs to be fired

one would think but this is dear leader’s administration..,

Lying liars who are incompetent

cmsinaz on November 16, 2011 at 5:59 AM

Our problem has a first name. It’s B-A-R-R-Y.
Our problem has a second name. It’s O-B-A-M-A.
I fear his actions every day.
And if you ask me why I say…
‘Cause B. Obama has a way of messing up the USA.

blink on November 16, 2011 at 6:18 AM

+1

excellent

cmsinaz on November 16, 2011 at 6:35 AM

I think history will ultimately judge this administration very harshly, and the historical comparisons to the hapless and ineffective Carter administration are inevitable.

novaculus on November 16, 2011 at 1:34 AM

If we don’t win the Culture War, this administration’s people will be the ones writing and selling the history books and our grand kids will only known about the sea level dropping when Obama took office.

TugboatPhil on November 16, 2011 at 6:54 AM

“I don’t think Chu’s going anywhere. You underestimate the arrogance of these people.

Mark1971 on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM”

Arrogance you may be right, this guy is the perfect patsy. He is either the perfect liar or the moron has his head way way way up his won butt. The review of the loan had the company running out of money in Sept and that is when they locked their doors.

Some of these people who we consider intelligent, genius because they came from the Ivy League are truly idiots in the highest form. They seem to think they make 2+2=6 work somehow, why because they are smarter than everyone else. The pissed away half a billion dollars with this company alone and he can’t see that, wow!

Africanus on November 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Math To Help Kids Succeed

There are 45 shopping days till Christmas. How many politicians can you buy?

IlikedAUH2O on November 16, 2011 at 8:35 AM

I don’t think Chu’s going anywhere. You underestimate the arrogance of these people.

Mark1971 on November 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

It’s really astonishing how much they get away with. People like Chu and Holder just sit there and blatantly lie through their teeth with statements that can easily be contradicted with their own documents, and the MSM never hold them accountable in any way. Then there’s Obama, who just punted on the Canada pipeline for blatantly political reasons, a decision which will likely do significant (and completely unnecessary and avoidable) damage to the nation’s long-term energy security, and the MSM just shrug and looks the other way. It’s un-friggin’-believeable.

AZCoyote on November 16, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Our problem has a first name. It’s B-A-R-R-Y.
Our problem has a second name. It’s O-B-A-M-A.
I fear his actions every day.
And if you ask me why I say…
‘Cause B. Obama has a way of messing up the USA.

blink on November 16, 2011 at 6:18 AM

That works so well cause he’s a big weenie and all.

Akzed on November 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM

“This is a nonpartisan progrom. We would give money to Republican Pump and Dump stock deals if they donate money to Obama’s campaign also.”– Steven Chu

KW64 on November 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

SFOS

So full of Sh*t.

Speakup on November 16, 2011 at 9:39 AM

But, but, he hasn’t gotten all our roofs painted white yet.

Kissmygrits on November 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Holder, on the other hand…I hope Mexico gets up the nerve to ask for his extradition.

JEM on November 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM

The Mexicans would like Chu. He took OUR money to pay Mexicans to make solar panels in Mexicali…

Steve Z on November 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

If you think about it, claiming that the Solyndra loan wasn’t affected by politics is actually worse, it means that the Dept. of Energy is totally incompetent and unfit to manage money.

LarryD on November 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM

I blame the Joooos Chuuuus.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

This may not be organic, but it certainly qualifies as fertilizer.

diogenes on November 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

When do you think Obama will “accept his resignation”? I’ve got dibs on the day after Thanksgiving, when the news cycle is at its sleepiest.

So one turkey gets pardoned while another goes to the chopping block next week?

chickasaw42 on November 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Politics had nothing to do with the Solyndra loan

so it was just out and out stupidity…. by da Ivy League educated Elite…… or was it just plain old theft…..

Take ya pick…. there are no other options.

roflmao

donabernathy on November 16, 2011 at 6:02 PM