Solar Plant Wants to Pay Off Massive Government Loan with Massive Government Grant

Scott Schackford 11/11/2014

American taxpayers are on the hook for the Ivanpah solar project out in the California Mojave Desert close to the border of Arizona Nevada. The massive plant received $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy to build it, out of a total cost of about $2.2 billion.

The plant went […]

Cause of Action sues 12 departments that allowed White House to intervene in FOIA responses

Kelly Cohen The Washington Examiner 8/18/2014

President Obama has claimed since his first day in the Oval Office that his administration would be “the most transparent” in history.

But the nonprofit watchdog group Cause of Action is challenging the Obama claim in a federal lawsuit against 12 federal agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget and the Internal […]

Solyndra Sequel: 'We're Back in Business' With $4 Billion Energy Loans

Wynton Hall Big Government 17 Apr 2014

On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Department announced it will begin doling out $4 billion in taxpayer-funded loan aid to renewable energy companies.

“We’re back in business,” Peter Davidson, executive director of the department’s loan programs office, told Reuters. “We really want to go back to … doing very valuable work […]

Happy New Year! Feds list 141 new regulations in only three days

Michael Bastasch The Daily Caller 1/3/2014

It’s a new year and you know what that means — new regulations. The Obama administration has wasted no time in writing them.

The website lists 141 regulations that have been posted by federal agencies in the last three days alone. Of these regulations, 119 are “rulemaking,” meaning they establish a new […]

Stimulus-Backed Green Energy Company ECOtality May Declare Bankruptcy

DOE suspends stimulus payments after company’s SEC filings

Lachlan Markay The Washington Free Beacon 8/12/2013

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has suspended stimulus payments to a major green energy company after the company said it is having trouble finding financing and may have to declare bankruptcy.

ECOtality admitted that possibility in a filing with […]

Darrell Issa to Hold Hearings on DOE Whistleblower Retaliation

DOE says no retaliation took place; Issa maintains employees fear for jobs

Lachlan Markay The Washington Free Beacon 7/25/2013

House investigators will hold a hearing next week regarding allegations that top Department of Energy (DOE) officials instructed agency employees not to speak with congressional investigators about an ongoing probe into agency hiring practices.

The hearing […]