Posts Tagged ‘crony capitalism’

The Art of Waste: Recycling SOLyndra


Monday September 3rd, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 7:02pm PDT   •   2 Comments

“Solyndra’s power solutions offer strong return on investment and make great business sense.” That is a rather strange claim for the website of Solyndra Inc., accessed on August 29, 2012 no less. Some history is in order. Solyndra was the first renewable energy firm to get federal stimulus money and bagged $535 million in…
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Crony Capitalism and Phony Energy


Thursday February 16th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 6:52am PST   •   0 Comments

A revolving door between green energy firms and the Department of Energy is a prime example of crony capitalism in full swing. As the Washington Post reports, rent-seeking businessmen like Sanjay Wagel are going where the money is. Following an enduring Washington tradition, Wagle shifted from the private sector, where his firm hoped to…
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Yet Another Government-Funded “Green” Company Goes Bankrupt


Thursday January 26th, 2012   •   Posted by David Theroux at 10:56pm PST   •   2 Comments

In an Associated Press article in the San Jose Mercury News, “Parent of Obama-backed battery maker goes bankrupt,”Matthew Daly reports that yet another “green” company that received corporate welfare from the Obama administration has now gone bankrupt. In this case, the electric car-battery company Ener1 received $118 million from the Department of Energy in…
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Crony Capitalism XL


Tuesday January 24th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 3:40pm PST   •   2 Comments

Crony capitalism is the theme of tonight’s “State of the Union” address. Warren Buffet’s longtime secretary, Debbie Bosanek will be seated next to Michelle Obama at tonight’s speech. Bosanek has recently become the White House’s new symbol for higher taxes and what the administration terms “economic fairness”. But fairness couldn’t be farther from the…
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Another U.S. Government “Green” Corporate-Welfare Failure, This Time via Finland


Saturday December 31st, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 6:39pm PST   •   9 Comments

Christopher Jensen reports in the New York Times on yet another disaster from the massive U.S. corporate-welfare (i.e., pork) for “green” cars, this time luxury vehicles for the uber-rich: Fisker Automotive is recalling all 239 of its 2012 Karma luxury plug-in hybrid cars because of a fire hazard, according to a report filed with the…
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Federal Reserve Gave Big Banks Secret Loans of $7.77 Trillion


Monday November 28th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 9:34pm PST   •   2 Comments

Brent Budowsky of The Hill has called for Cong. Ron Paul to hold hearings before the subcommittee he chairs on the news of secret Federal Reserve bailouts of the the biggest banks. The news comes from an article by Bob Ivry, Bradley Keoun and Phil Kuntz at Bloomberg Markets Magazine that the Federal Reserve…
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