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More Loan Disasters Like Fisker and Solyndra Could Be On the Way

The DOE is attempting to revive the infamous alternative energy loan program from its embarrassing hibernation... Do we learn nothing?

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Becky Graebner

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August 29, 2013 - 11:58 am
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The word on the street is that the Obama administration is ready to reignite the Department of Energy loan program for alternative vehicles.  I think I’ve harped on Fisker Automotive, Vehicle Production Group and the battery-failure twins Solyndra and A123 Systems enough for you all to remember that each one of these flops received large loans from DOE… and failed to pay them back. The controversial loan program was taken offline by  then department head Steven Chu two years ago. Well, it’s back.

Chu’s successor, Ernest Moniz, is hoping that the department can jump-start the loan program again — and the department is hoping to gain support by pointing to companies that did succeed. Although many of the DOE’s success stories were overshadowed by the nightmare of Fisker Automotive and defaulting battery companies, not all loan recipients were total flops (at least there’s some good in this story?). In fact, a few are chugging right along. Case in point: Tesla Motors. Other loan recipients: Ford Motor Company and Nissan — both for their battery-based vehicles.

I’m all for research, new technology, and reducing the amount of times I need to fill up my car, but I worry that the push for the return of this program might lead to Fisker Automotive 2.0…

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46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
How about let's pour some intellectual energy into implementing strategies for reversing arbitrary fuel economy standards constantly imposed on us based on nothing but political whim?
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
"...a serious revamp"

Like...the head of Solyndra shouldn't be rewarded with DOE cash for being a big Obama money bundler ?

"Here’s to crossing our fingers that the government learns from their past mistakes."

Idiotlogues (particularly ones spending money that isn't theirs to promote their idiotology) never learn from past mistakes.
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
Electric cars do not help our energy needs, not even ONE BIT.

In fact, they produce a net LOSS of energy efficiency.

So, the reason we should be funding electric cars would be.... what?
47 weeks ago
47 weeks ago Link To Comment
You don't understand. This loan program is merely a way transferring billions of dollars from the taxpayers to Obama cronies who run shell companies. This is just the Chicago machine gone national. In is futile to try to analyze this in terms of some wonky policy goal. That's for the gullible followers to believe.
47 weeks ago
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Were they loans to keep the companies running, workers employed or were they taxpayers money laundered to rescue billionaire donors from bad investments, multimillions bonuses to management, unemployment line to workers?
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