Solyndra Columns on Townhall

  • Erika Johnsen - DOE Secretary Chu: Solyndra Was Based on Merits, Not Politics

    DOE Secretary Chu: Solyndra Was Based on Merits, Not Politics

    Erika Johnsen
    Posted: 11/18/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    How far is the Obama administration willing to go to foist ‘green’ jobs onto a pedestal? Why are politics coming before the stewardship of taxpayer dollars? Why was this administration so dedicated to propping up the solar power company Solyndra?
  • Michelle Malkin - The Accountability Charade

    The Accountability Charade

    Michelle Malkin
    Posted: 11/18/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    You can't spell "accountability" without "A," "C" and "T." But in Washington, government officials routinely get away with "taking personal responsibility" by mouthing empty words devoid of action. Heads nod in collective agreement that mistakes were made. But heads never roll. The Obama administration has raised this accountability charade to an art form.
  • Mark W. Hendrickson - Green Fiascoes and Boondoggles

    Green Fiascoes and Boondoggles

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    Posted: 11/17/2011 11:01:00 AM EST
    A barrage of news headlines on the Solyndra scandal continue to remind us that President Obama made green jobs one of his administration’s priorities.
  • Frank J. Fleming - Obama's New Promises

    Obama's New Promises

    Frank J. Fleming
    Posted: 11/15/2011 4:00:00 PM EST
    Aren't you excited? It will soon be time for Barack Obama to enter campaign mode! We all remember the 2008 campaign as one of the greatest times in our nation's history.
  • Reince  Priebus - Waste, Fraud and Solyndra

    Waste, Fraud and Solyndra

    Reince Priebus
    Posted: 11/10/2011 9:56:00 AM EST
    Yesterday morning: President Obama signs an executive order to end government waste. That afternoon: Investigators uncover emails indicating a prominent Obama donor actively lobbied the administration on behalf of Solyndra (that now-bankrupt stimulus-backed California-based solar energy company).
  • Michelle Malkin - The Great Stonewall of Obama

    The Great Stonewall of Obama

    Michelle Malkin
    Posted: 11/9/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The White House laments that America hasn't built enough massive government infrastructure projects. Nonsense. At the rate it's growing, the Great Stonewall of Obama may soon be the second largest manmade object visible from outer space.
  • Austin Hill - President of the Protesters?

    President of the Protesters?

    Austin Hill
    Posted: 11/6/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    What happens to a U.S. President when he aligns himself with civil unrest? Barack Obama’s pledge to the occupy protesters that he is “on their side” is – to use the President’s word of choice to describe himself – “unprecedented.” Where this association takes him and his fellow Democrats will be very interesting to watch.
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano - Look at What the Government Has Done with Your Money

    Look at What the Government Has Done with Your Money

    Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Posted: 11/3/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The federal government has lost another 72 million of your tax dollars. Here we go again.
  • Donald Lambro - Solyndra is Simply the Beginning

    Solyndra is Simply the Beginning

    Donald Lambro
    Posted: 11/2/2011 4:11:00 PM EST
    The White House's half billion dollar loan to a now- bankrupt solar panel firm is just the first act in an emerging scandal of insider political influence over a deeply flawed, and possibly corrupt, clean energy program.
  • Katie Kieffer - Sex Sells Socialism

    Sex Sells Socialism

    Katie Kieffer
    Posted: 10/24/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    When all else fails, sex sells. The only way to sell the American public on socialism is to use sex appeal because socialism does not appeal to reason or justice. And watching handsome high rollers head to prison is no doubt an Occupy Wall Streeter’s notion of ultimate bondage sex appeal.
  • Jack Bouroudjian - Excuse of the Day for Solyndra: It's China's Fault

    Excuse of the Day for Solyndra: It's China's Fault

    Jack Bouroudjian
    Posted: 10/21/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Let’s not forget that these solar companies like Solyndra and Evergreen aren’t going bankrupt because they can’t compete with Chinese prices. They’re going bankrupt because they’re manufacturing inferior products.
  • Brent Bozell - A Green Whitewash

    A Green Whitewash

    Brent Bozell
    Posted: 10/19/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Walter Cronkite's longtime producer Leslie Midgley once wrote that, "News is what an editor decides it is." News today is what TV producers decide can help President Obama. News that hurts isn't news at all.
  • Lurita Doan - Expansive Role of White House Staffers Undermines Good Government

    Expansive Role of White House Staffers Undermines Good Government

    Lurita Doan
    Posted: 10/17/2011 2:15:00 PM EST
    In April of 2009, President Obama made a key decision to dramatically expand and extend the role of White House Staffers, giving them the power and responsibility to intervene in just about every decision throughout the federal government.
  • Bob Beauprez - $1.24 billion for solar jobs – in Mexico

    $1.24 billion for solar jobs – in Mexico

    Bob Beauprez
    Posted: 10/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Mexico plant will produce solar panels to be shipped back to California for a proposed "solar ranch" in San Luis Obispo County that will have a grand total of 15 permanent presumably American jobs. That works out to $82.6 million per job created.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Pop Goes the Green Jobs Bubble

    Pop Goes the Green Jobs Bubble

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 10/13/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Before his American Jobs Act failed to pass a Senate cloture vote Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a last-ditch speech to talk up his troubled bill. Not once did Obama mention "green jobs" -- his erstwhile jobs of the future.
  • Dan Holler - The Real Problem with Solyndra

    The Real Problem with Solyndra

    Dan Holler
    Posted: 10/10/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Sifting through the Administration-Solyndra emails it is clear that President Obama’s taxpayer investment in Solyndra was not random. Bureaucrats and political appointees spent significant time evaluating the company and debating the merits of the soon-to-be-wasted taxpayer guarantee. And that is exactly the problem!
  • John Ransom - Email, Hate Mail and Comments from Readers

    Email, Hate Mail and Comments from Readers

    John Ransom
    Posted: 10/9/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    The longest Email, Hate mail edition ever! While some have accused liberalism of being a mental disorder, today's column shows that it might also be a learning disability.
  • Bob Beauprez - Solyndra: Obama's Solar Slush Fund

    Solyndra: Obama's Solar Slush Fund

    Bob Beauprez
    Posted: 10/8/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    As more is learned, it becomes increasingly clear that the Administration used the Stimulus, and specifically the green energy loan program, as a campaign slush fund to distribute billions of dollars like party favors to supporters and to grandstand for reelection to a perceived constituency.
  • Erika Johnsen - Reclaim Environmentalism and Join the Green Tea Party

    Reclaim Environmentalism and Join the Green Tea Party

    Erika Johnsen
    Posted: 10/6/2011 5:11:00 PM EST
    I have often proclaimed that I am an avid anti-environmentalist, and ergo, many therefore accuse me of being a greedy, willfully ignorant, lazy environment-neglecter. But clearly, there is a major disconnect here, because you would be hardpressed to find another individual who loves and wants to conserve the quality of the great outdoors, our natural resources, and the planet in general, than myself.
  • David Morris - Solyndra's Price Tag

    Solyndra's Price Tag

    David Morris
    Posted: 10/4/2011 11:49:00 AM EST
    Solyndra may have gone belly up, but at least it goes out with style. Constructed by union workers at a total cost of $733 million (proceeding from the Energy Department's $535 million loan guarantee), the Solyndra facility featured robots that sang Disney tunes, 19 loading decks, and localized rail lines for moving products across its 300,000 square feet (approximately 5 football fields).