Posted by: Green Knight | November 3, 2011

Solarity Solidarity

So, Congress is subpoenaing records about the Solyndra bankruptcy now.  Here’s what CNN has to say about it:

A House panel voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to the bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loan guarantees.

Some Republicans have questioned the White House’s relationship with the company, accusing it of stonewalling congressional investigators. The Obama administration says it has been forthcoming in answering questions.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and investigations voted 14-9 in favor of issuing the subpoenas for internal documents regarding the loan guarantees after a contentious debate among subcommittee members.

Federal analysts looking at the proposed Solyndra loan in 2009 warned of possible problems as well as pressure from the White House to speed up a decision, according to a memorandum released last month by congressional investigators. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in August and shut down, putting more than 1,000 people out of work.

Well, fine.  As if shady deals were a rarity in D.C., eh?  (whoops, shady, solar, didn’t even notice the reverse pun at first!)  At least this time they were trying to do something positive.  The counterproductives will try to make hay with this, though, and damn solar energy by association.  Typical political BS, obfuscating the real issue.

You know what this makes me think of?  One of the first things Jimmy Carter did when he became President was to install solar panels on the roof of the White House.  One of the first things Reagan did when he took over was to have them removed and shoved in the basement.  A teenager started a petition to restore them, as an act of conscience by our leaders, but didn’t get enough signatures to send it to the White House.  What the administration’s “We the People” page says is “The petition you are trying to access has expired, because it failed to meet the signature threshold.”

The story can be seen here: http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/local/Local-9th-Grader-Writes-Petition-For-White-House-Solar-Panels-131369613.html.  But worry not, there’s another one on CREDO you can sign about the same issue: http://www.credoaction.com/campaign/white_house_solar/?rc=homepage.  I don’t have a cell phone, or caller ID, or a car, for that matter, but CREDO does give a damn and comes up with some pretty good eco and social justice petitions for a cell phone company.  I give them credence and credit.  We get most of our energy from the sun anyway; why not harness all we can?

I think the kid, Thomas Greenough, is green enough.  How green are YOU?

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  1. also gotta love the sun wearing sunglasses.


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