The $500 million-plus in taxpayer funds that the Obama administration threw away on the doomed Solyndra green energy project in the Bay Area triggered investigations that showed Solyndra received unusual attention from the White House, with bureaucrats pressured for quick OKs to clear the way for celebratory photo opportunities for top officials. The president and his allies strongly pushed back at this narrative. Now we learn the Solyndra approach was’t just an anomaly, it was the norm: “Meant to create jobs and cut reliance on foreign oil, Obama’s green-technology program was infused with politics at every level, The Washington Post found in an analysis of thousands of memos, company records and internal e-mails. Political considerations were raised repeatedly by company investors, Energy Department bureaucrats and White House officials.”
Let’s look at the lies that this exposes:
1. The green energy movement is idealistic and principled.
2. The Obama administration is idealistic and principled.
3. The criticism of Solyndra from Rep. Darrell Issa and other congressional Republicans is exaggerated, even manufactured.
4. Green energy is in a new, mature mode in which it no longer has to depend on government subsidies, the deceptions of true believers and the see-no-evil approach of the media in order to justify huge “investments” of taxpayer funds.
5. There’s a coherence and a thoughtfulness to the administration’s energy policy. Don’t believe the steadily growing evidence that Solyndra and similar “investments” are equivalent to looting by well-connected green insiders. So what if Al Gore could be on his way to becoming “the world’s first carbon billionaire” because he’s invested for a decade in types of energy that he pressures governments around the world to throw taxpayer money at? That’s irrelevant. Who says it’s an “inconvenient truth”?
The fact is there are many stories like the one from the The Washington Post cited above. This one is similarly appalling:
Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently 26 percent owned by the federal government.
How to judge what’s going on? We’re told that the need to switch to cleaner but costlier types of energy is the moral equivalent of war, even if doing so won’t stop climate change because other nations aren’t following suit. So what are the green looters the historical and moral equivalent of? War profiteers.
The green movement is hopelessly polluted by greedheads posturing as Gaia-worshipping innocents. We’ll look back at this era as a time of massive thievery — not isolated incidents, but a vast pattern of taxpayer ripoffs made possible by a perfect storm of hundreds of billions of dollars in unscrutinized stimulus spending, green true believers in key positions of government power who either hide graft and waste or look the other way, and a media that even after a dozen scandals still thinks that green special-interests are the good guys. Bunk. Here’s what man are: amoral looters, laughing all the way to the bank.
Great, just great.