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The White House Knew Solyndra Was Not Profitable

Today, the Wall Street Journal disclosed and commented upon an e-mail to Larry Summers regarding the Solyndra loans: Brad Jones of Redpoint Ventures got to the heart of the Solyndra economy in a December 2009 email to then-National Economic Council director Larry Summers: “The allocation …

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Written by Hank Adler on Monday October 10, 2011

Solyndra's Solar Flame-Out

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Written by Hank Adler on Sunday October 2, 2011

Government is a Lousy Investor

Jim DiPeso is right to draw attention to the Colony Shale disaster and the disastrous  Synfuels government supported enterprise that helped make it happen. But there's a broader point to be made: the government is utterly clueless when it comes to developing consumer products. Aside from …

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Written by Eli Lehrer on Friday September 30, 2011

Colony Shale, The First Solyndra

Solyndra is a lesson in how the substitution of wishful thinking for green eyeshades can stimulate the growth of costly energy carbuncles that emit malodorous political fumes. Today it is Solyndra. Yesterday it was Colony Shale. Don’t remember Colony Shale? Coloradans do. In the mesa country …

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Written by Jim DiPeso on Thursday September 29, 2011

What Exactly is a "Green" Job? (Updated)

Here's a skill-testing hypothetical for you environmentalists out there. Some future US government decides to impose a tax on oil to maintain the price above $125 a barrel. Responding to this price signal, more Americans tell their real estate agents they want housing from which they can walk …

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Written by David Frum on Thursday September 15, 2011