Solyndra Boondoggle: "Political Calculus Was On Display"

Posted: Dec 27, 2011 10:49 AM
The Washington Post had a great analysis of some of the behind-the-scenes political pressure put on by senior White House officials desperate to see their Solyndra loans go through.

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.

The records, some previously unreported, show that when warned that financial disaster might lie ahead, the administration remained steadfast in its support for Solyndra.

The documents reviewed by The Post, which began examining the clean-technology program a year ago, provide a detailed look inside the day-to-day workings of the upper levels of the Obama administration. They also give an unprecedented glimpse into high-level maneuvering by politically connected clean-technology investors.

The entire thing is worth a read - and for conservatives who have been upset that the mainstream media hasn't paid enough attention to the Solyndra debacle, this should be a breath of fresh air.