Green-tech firm alleges “corruption and negligence” at DoE in lawsuit
posted at 1:05 pm on November 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Here’s a nice catch by the Heritage Foundation of a lawsuit brought by an applicant for Department of Energy grants from Barack Obama’s green-tech stimulus funds. XP Technology of San Francisco alleged “corruption and negligence” in DoE awards of grants to some familiar names in pursuit of electric-vehicle technology. They also allege that their attempts to blow the whistle on these political games resulted in retaliation from the government:
XP has received information demonstrating that the unprecedented number of failures in the DOE program relative to what DOE officials have claimed to be “the most expensive and extensive due diligence in history” is explained by manipulated reviews, in the due diligence effort, on behalf of what the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigations found to be “favoritism” in published investigation reports. A senate ethics investigation states, in published reports, that “negligence and mismanagement by DOE officials” was a regular occurrence. …
After XP staff first reported the incidents, becoming “whistle-blowers”, by reporting the evidence to GAO, Justice Department, The White House Press Office and The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, among others, they received threats and personal attacks. Over time, the volume of third party investigations, which have validated the charges of questionable acts by DOE staff have become voluminous.
The lawsuit seeks renewed reviews of previously-rejected applications for federal subsidies. Given how well those subsidies have worked out for Tesla Motors, Fisker Automotive, A123, Ener1, and Solyndra, just to name a few of the spectacular flops in the Obama program, the DoE could hardly do worse … but I’d prefer not to lose more taxpayer money on that bet, either.