Issa: Obama admin has “for too long attempted to distance itself” from green-energy bankruptcies and failures

posted at 7:21 pm on October 31, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As Mary Katherine recounted on Monday, we’ve all long since figured out that the Department of Energy’s decisions to dish out loan guarantees/grants/etcetera are highly political decisions, despite the administration’s incessant insistence that that just isn’t the case. In reference to the bankruptcy of taxpayer-supported Abound Solar last week, President Obama’s proclaimed that “these are decisions, by the way, that are made by the Department of Energy, they have nothing to do with politics,” but evidence abounds (heh, see what I did there?) to the contrary, which was picked up by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and released as part of their official investigation today.

Washington – As an update on the Committee’s investigation into the loan guarantee program, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released a memorandum to its members including over 150 emails that contradict statements by the President, Secretary Chu, and White House and Department of Energy officials that politics had nothing to do with the Department of Energy’s controversial 1705 loan guarantee program, which used taxpayer money to fund “green energy” companies like Solyndra and Abound Solar, both of which are now bankrupt and under investigation. …

“The Administration should have disclosed these emails directly to Congress and the American people,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “The Department of Energy failed to produce many of these emails, but the Committee received them from other sources.”

Issa continued: “The Administration has for too long attempted to distance itself from the management of the program and its failures- embracing the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and photo-ops, while blaming the bankruptcies and wasted taxpayer money on someone else.”

Just to provide another sample, here’s an e-mail from DOE credit adviser Jim McCrea to DOE executive director of loan programs Jonathan Silver, emphasis mine:

I am growing increasingly worried about a fast track process imposed on us at the POTUS level based on this chaotic process that we are undergoing. The work to date does not have near enough staff work to be supportable and is totally being done on the fly an dis being used by other agencies to impose theological views. We really get little out of fast tracking when you get right down to it and the process that is being designed is pure crap. Further, by legitimizing some of their theological views in the fast tracking screens, we give those views credibility that will be certainly be used against us for non fast tracked transactions. By designing the fast track process and having it approved at the POUTS level (which is an absolute waste of his time!) it legitimizes every element and it becomes embedded like the 55 % recovery rate which also was imposed by POTUS.

I think the time has come, given how poorly this process is going, to step back from all of this and to take a deep breath.

And as Joel Gehrke points out via the e-mails at the WashExaminer, the Obama administration may’ve taken a little too active of an interest in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s erstwhile reelection:

“Reid may be desperate,” McCrea wrote. “WH may want to help. Short term considerations may be more important than longer term considerations and what’s a billion anyhow?” …

A May 2010 email shows that Reid requested a meeting with Jonathan Silver — the Obama bundler who resigned his post at DOE after the Solyndra bankruptcy — to discuss green energy projects in Nevada.

Silver interpreted Reid’s request in light of the campaign. “Reid is constantly hit at home for not bringing in the federal dollars,” he wrote. Silver’s task, according to the DOE memo prepared for his meeting, was to assure Reid that “we anticipate a good number of projects to be approved in the coming months.”

Two Senate Republicans also introduced a separate report today, once again indicting the DOE for their terrible pseudo-business practices, via The Hill:

GOP Sens. John Thune (S.D.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) said the Energy Department’s advanced battery manufacturing program cost $158,556 for every job it created. They derived that figure by dividing the program’s $2 billion allotment by the roughly 12,614 jobs it created.

“The taxpayers paid $2 billion for a pretty lackluster return,” Grassley said in a Wednesday statement. “The administration billed this program as an all-around success toward creating jobs, but the results are a lot more mixed.”

The DOE is quibbling that the senators’ report doesn’t present an accurate picture because they have yet to disperse the entire allotment and they claim that the wider effects of their projects aren’t being taken into account, but I think it’s the Obama administration that’s missing the bigger picture here.

It is unequivocally not the job of the federal government to attempt to orchestrate which technologies and products consumers should or should not purchase, and the continuing attempts to do so are nothing short of economic malpractice. What’s more, too many of these government-funded green-energy pursuits have proven to be fronts for not merely the frivolous waste of taxpayer dollars, but corruption and cronyism, too. And this is what President Obama is telling us he’ll serve up more of in a second term (while merrily insisting that there is absolutely no way that any of it could possibly be motivated by politics!)? What a joke.


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Newt predicted that a green energy scandal was brewing and could be announced this week. Hmmm…

Philly on October 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Brewing it is… I hope the pot boils over and scalds all the ‘rats involved…

If it’s not one thing it’s somthing else…

What hasn’t the WH and cronies screwed up for goodness sake?

Enough already.

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I have scandal fatigue. Maybe that was Obama’s aim all along. Have so many scandals that they become overwhelming and we just kind of tune them out.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

MALFEASANCE I tell ya!!

It all stinks to high heaven.

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Did he say this as he was getting ready to go on Maher?? Issa is a chump and he never gets anything done. Just a huge gasbag

rik on October 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

By designing the fast track process and having it approved at the POUTS level (which is an absolute waste of his time!) it legitimizes every element and it becomes embedded like the 55 % recovery rate which also was imposed by POTUS.

And getting kickbacks in the form of campaign donations at least skirts the line of what’s legal and what’s illegal. First former president to be indicted?

rbj on October 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I really don’t envy the cleaning staff at NBC. That must be one HUGE rug that they sweep this crap under. They must use one of those riding vacuums to clean it.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

One darn scandal after another and what do we get?
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Crickets…

At best someone says oh this is so scandalous, and still nothing gets done!

These politicians from both parties are all mouth and no trousers…

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I have scandal fatigue. Maybe that was Obama’s aim all along. Have so many scandals that they become overwhelming and we just kind of tune them out.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Cloward and Piven strike again…

Fallon on October 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

MSM won’t cover it, so none of it happened.

Aplombed on October 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Did he say this as he was getting ready to go on Maher?? Issa is a chump and he never gets anything done. Just a huge gasbag

rik on October 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I don’t know about the chump part but I sure haven’t seen much come out of these hearings—F&F, Solyndra, Benghazi except talk. If the media won’t cover it then make em every weekend on every show repubs are on. This crap is getting old.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Nonsense… look at all the jobs it’s created. /

(And the wealth it’s spread around… to Obozo’s best buds.)

CPT. Charles on October 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Proggies Nov 5, 2008: “Charge W with war crimes! Investigate! Send him to jail!”

Proggies Nov 7 2012: “I think President Romney should take the high road. Obama is out of office, let him retire in peace. It is a waste of money to investigate this old news.”

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Sex Scandal!
Does anyone know who or what Drudge is referring to?

AmeriCuda on October 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Speaking of scandal fatigue – Drudge is teasing a sex scandal -

blergh

tru2tx on October 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

It’s Issa who for too long has attempted to fool people with his dog and pony games. It took him forever to get Holder with the Contemp of Congress and now what? If an average citizen is charged with contempt of court, he’s hunted down and jailed. Yet what for Holder?

The White House has some dirt on him. That’s why he’s been all bark and no bite.

Here’s a piece by Ryan Lizza at the New Yorker from last year detailing Issa’s past run-ins with law enforcement:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/24/110124fa_fact_lizza

Yeah, it’s a total sleazy hit-piece, but I think Issa has enough in his past that might not be enough to ruin him, but just enough to keep him in line.

sartana on October 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I have scandal fatigue. Maybe that was Obama’s aim all along. Have so many scandals that they become overwhelming and we just kind of tune them out.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Don’t look at Drudge…

Fallon on October 31, 2012 at 7:42 PM

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Sorry. I meant clump.

rik on October 31, 2012 at 7:42 PM

for grins i did a google ‘news’ search on Issa. nada, except for some hit jobs from politio for previous issues. they have even bothered to do a hit job on this.

barry can do pretty much what he wants…and if elected, that won’t change…the left loves the smell of servitude in the morning

r keller on October 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Sex Scandal!

Moochelle isn’t giving him any for 4 years if he wins.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

…150 emails that contradict statements by the President, Secretary Chu, and White House and Department of Energy officials….”

GASP! Ya mean they LIED? Again?

GarandFan on October 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

via Drudge:

SEX SCANDAL TO HIT CAMPAIGN… DEVELOPING…

portlandon on October 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

so drudge has the Oct surprise? what, mitt in a NV bunny ranch?

r keller on October 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

What Scrumpy said.

That’s what I say.

SparkPlug on October 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Don’t look at Drudge…

Fallon on October 31, 2012 at 7:42 PM

What no red light? Can’t be that big.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

PLEASE no sex scandal in team Romney

onetrickpony on October 31, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The media took no interest in Solyndra — which was as clear a case of political payback as you can possibly find — and it got virtually no traction. Does anyone seriously think that, now that Obama appears to be less than the inevitable winner, the MSM will do anything to jeopardize that???

Announce all you want. Absent a revelation that Obama was having sex with the CEO of one of these failed companies (and it’s doubtful even that would have an impact), this ain’t going anywhere. Whatever damage has been done to Obama from this profligate waste of taxpayer money has been baked into this election’s cake already.

natasha333 on October 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Sex Scandal!

Jim Messina isn’t a virgin.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What a SHOCK! Benedict Obama Lied! AGAIN! Who would’ve seen that coming? The problem is the lack of action on the pert of Issa & co. Oversight also means, you do something about the law breaking animals, you oversee! These Repub Clowns are dancing on a High Wire and talking like they’re doing something, but accomplishing NOTHING! What are these clowns waiting for to indict? When was the Civil Case against WithHolder filed? Stop blowing smoke up our backsides and DO YOUR JOB!
Addendum on the fight against the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Sex Scandal!

The real reason Axelrod wants to remove his stache- too many Mustache Ride requests.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Michelle O’s sex tape was duct.

To Keep Barry from running to the golf course.

SparkPlug on October 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

There was a day I looked forward to
But that day was not to be
Because the promise of tomorrow
Can never be counted on you see.

People say things sometimes
They mean it all the best,
but when it comes down to it
they just can’t meet the test.

People need to be more honest,
ought to do what they say
but then who knows, what happens
with the games that people play.

I’m simplistic and straight forward, I guess
what I appear to be is what you find
I don’t play with people’s emotions
Nor do I try to mess with their minds.

Wondering why others are less honest
How can they act this way,
isn’t anyone else out there truthful
on this planet, now a days?

I’m not fond of deception
I can’t abide to hear a lie,
But I guess I’m an exception
I will be till I die.

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

via Drudge:
SEX SCANDAL TO HIT CAMPAIGN… DEVELOPING…
portlandon on October 31, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Maybe that will explain Obama’s preoccupation with Vegas?

conservative pilgrim on October 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Rove

In addition to the data, the anecdotal and intangible evidence—from crowd sizes to each side’s closing arguments—give the sense that the odds favor Mr. Romney. They do. My prediction: Sometime after the cock crows on the morning of Nov. 7, Mitt Romney will be declared America’s 45th president. Let’s call it 51%-48%, with Mr. Romney carrying at least 279 Electoral College votes, probably more.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204846304578090820229096046.html?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_opinion

…but what does Axelrod have in mind in his red-diaper-baby alinskite mind??????

r keller on October 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Someone better tell Drudge to make it quick,
I’m the only ‘November surprise’ to ever pan out.

AmeriCuda on October 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The work to date does not have near enough staff work

Finally! More government union jobs to be created. And we were saying that Hussein is not creating jobs…

riddick on October 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Maybe that will explain Obama’s preoccupation with Vegas?

conservative pilgrim on October 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

There are no gay bath houses here that I heard about, so its either back with his old buddies in Chicago bath houses or in WH Oral Office again.

riddick on October 31, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Drudge sex scandal?..perfect timing for sleaze accusation. Throw out ANY garbage and there is no time to refute them. It accomplishes 2 things. Its a distraction and some people will be swayed by it. In a tight race a few can make the difference.
That said, if the scandal is about the democrat side, I’m sure it is not only true, but much worse that reported.

Mimzey on October 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Good evening Sparkplug :-)

I am as much fatigued as it seems many of us are, too many lies and not one honest person out there to put it front and center in the MSM…

Coming from the UK, I thought I knew what FREEDOM meant.

I do now…

America IS the last true free country on this earth, and we are LOSING it!

I thank God I am on the tail end of leaving this earth, I sure do not want to see this great nation go down…

Sorry to be so negative… it’s the way I see it folks!

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Ominous up on Drudge:

SEX SCANDAL TO HIT CAMPAIGN… DEVELOPING…

..anybody know anything about this?

The War Planner on October 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

If 1/10 of this nonsense had gone on under Bush……….

KMC1 on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Maybe that will explain Obama’s preoccupation with Vegas?

conservative pilgrim on October 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I hate to even think this, but of the 4 guys, I’d be on it being either Obama or Ryan.

portlandon on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

******************* ALERT *************************

DRUDGE REPORT: ‘Sex Scandal To Hit Campaign…’

Grace Wyler|20 minutes ago

The Drudge Report, the heavily-trafficked blog run by conservative Matt Drudge, is up with a new headline hyping a “sex scandal to hit campaign…” According to Drudge, the story is “developing.”

Drudge, a close personal friend of Mitt Romney’s campaign manager Matt Rhoades, has hyped up several exclusive news stories during the 2012 campaign cycle, most of which have fallen flat. So our hopes aren’t too high for his latest report.

This is what the top of The Drudge Report looks like right now:

http://www.businessinsider.com/drudge-sex-scandal-2012-10

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

The War Planner on October 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

..well, nice to know I didn’t scoop this in this thread. Rickroll?

The War Planner on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Not a clue WP, not a clue…

More diversionary tactics to keep our minds off one darn scandal and place us in front of another…

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

..probably; can’t wait for 6 NOV just to get my life back. Can you?

The War Planner on October 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

On the bright side the TEA Party to start a news channel!!

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Moochelle isn’t giving him any for 4 years if he wins.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Who’d want that thing, anyway?

Who is John Galt on October 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Will we WP? Will we?

When R wins we have to keep the pressure on just so as the right things get done, not only by him but all our elected pols…

Another tough road ahead…

Will be worth it in the end :-)

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 8:08 PM

…but evidence abounds (heh, see what I did there?) to the contrary…

Erika, I like your posts, but you do need to work on the subtlety a bit. Check out that Mr. A. Pundit — he’s pretty good at it.

KS Rex on October 31, 2012 at 8:08 PM

There are no gay bath houses here that I heard about, so its either back with his old buddies in Chicago bath houses or in WH Oral Office again.
riddick on October 31, 2012 at 7:56 PM

AF1 is a large plane. He does spend a lot of time on it. Just sayin’…..

conservative pilgrim on October 31, 2012 at 8:09 PM

latest Matt drudge tweet

So what’s been missing… SEX! Looks like at least one campaign about to be hit with an expose on DIRT THURSDAY. [Bush DUI 12 yrs ago]

r keller on October 31, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Who’d want that thing, anyway?

Who is John Galt on October 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Hussein, at least twice.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

portlandon on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

My thoughts as well. BUT Drudge is clearly for Romney, I don’t see this hurting Romney. So that leaves Obama or some Democrat. We’ll see…

conservative pilgrim on October 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Does Gloria Allred have a presser scheduled?

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I don’t know as much as many of you but is it plausable that someone has somthing on Issa and that’s why he doesn’t push the enevelope harder?

Be back later…

I am verklempt :-) Gobsmacked too!!

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Sex Scandal!

Allred and Axelrod in the Boston Doubletree last week.

Ok, I’m done. Good-night, all.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Did he say this as he was getting ready to go on Maher?? Issa is a chump and he never gets anything done. Just a huge gasbag

rik on October 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I don’t know about the chump part but I sure haven’t seen much come out of these hearings—F&F, Solyndra, Benghazi except talk. If the media won’t cover it then make em every weekend on every show repubs are on. This crap is getting old.

arnold ziffel on October 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Im still ticked that nothing came of Issa’s investigation of holder. so lame .. now they found an illegal to take the fall … disgusting the whole lot of them.

MrMoe on October 31, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Moochelle isn’t giving him any for 4 years if he wins.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Yeah, I guess he’d make any sacrifice to advance his political career. Having a wife and family helps a lot.

Who is John Galt on October 31, 2012 at 8:16 PM

OOPS! Meant this:

Hussein, at least twice.

tdarrington on October 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Yeah, I guess he’d make any sacrifice to advance his political career. Having a wife and family helps a lot.

Who is John Galt on October 31, 2012 at 8:18 PM

RE:
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Results for #DrudgeSexScandal
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https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DrudgeSexScandal&src=hash

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!!31241541253

tom daschle concerned on October 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

PLEASE no sex scandal in team Romney

onetrickpony

Drudge is being sneaky. He didn’t say it involves the presidential campaign. Probably some senate/house race.

xblade on October 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DrudgeSexScandal&src=hash

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

LOL…”Obama screwed America” my fav…

hillsoftx on October 31, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Sex Scandal!
Does anyone know who or what Drudge is referring to?

AmeriCuda on October 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

My guess: someone caught footage inside of Elizabeth Warren’s wigwam.

onetrickpony on October 31, 2012 at 8:36 PM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!!31241541253

tom daschle concerned on October 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

tom daschele:Hey,I’m just a Intell News Gather’r,don’t shoot da
messenger,haha——————:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:42 PM

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:22 PM

LOL…”Obama screwed America” my fav…

hillsoftx on October 31, 2012 at 8:28 PM

hillsoftx:I seen that too,lol———:0

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

The War Planner on October 31, 2012 at 8:01 PM

..well, nice to know I didn’t scoop this in this thread. Rickroll?

The War Planner on October 31, 2012 at 8:03 PM

The War Planner:

(I kid),…..Dude ya need a Linky to be legit(sarc)!:)

canopfor on October 31, 2012 at 8:48 PM

So? The media will not cover it and the election is 6 days away. It never happened.

Dingbat63 on October 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Issa: Obama admin has “for too long attempted to distance itself” from green-energy bankruptcies and failures

Let us remember, when comes time for new leadership positions in a new administration, Issa was one of the pitifully few of us who, during hard times, had a spine.

petefrt on October 31, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Sex scandal and Obama? Doesn’t seem likely; he’d need his balls for that and Valerie Jarrett still has them.

Now drugs? Yeah, I’d buy that. Lately Obama looks like crap -

natasha333 on October 31, 2012 at 9:14 PM

On the bright side the TEA Party to start a news channel!!

Scrumpy on October 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

…they buying Al Gores losing station?

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I remember one guy from DOE I think testifying that the stimulus being forced on them was the difference between a faucet and a fire house. They simply had no way to disburse it properly. (Of course Pelosi et al. knew this.)

What’s the 55% recovery rate, bTW?

PattyJ on November 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Taxpayers hope and pray that criminal charges will be forthcoming for those who stole over 90 billion of our dollars for the scams.

Amazingoly on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 AM