"In Rush to Assist Solyndra, U.S. Missed Warning Signs"

"President Obama’s visit to the Solyndra solar panel factory in California last year was choreographed down to the last detail — the 20-by-30-foot American flags, the corporate banners hung just so, the special lighting, even coffee and doughnuts for the Secret Service detail."

"'It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future,' the president declared in May 2010 to the assembled workers and executives. The start-up business had received a $535 million federal loan guarantee, offered in part to reassert American dominance in solar technology while generating thousands of jobs.

But behind the pomp and pageantry, Solyndra was rotting inside, hemorrhaging cash so quickly that within weeks of Mr. Obama’s visit, the company canceled plans to offer shares to the public. Barely a year later, Solyndra has become one of the administration’s most costly fumbles after the company declared bankruptcy, laid off 1,100 workers and was raided by F.B.I. agents seeking evidence of possible fraud."

Eric Lipton and John M. Broder report for the New York Times September 22, 2011.

The House Energy Committee is expected to hold a hearing today at 9 am ET to question top Solyndra execs, who are expected to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights not to testify. The event is being televised live on C-SPAN 3.

SEE ALSO:

"While Railing Against Solyndra, Republican House Members Host $11.8 Billion in Loan Guarantees in their Districts" (Climate Progress)

"Solyndra Hearing Set, Minus Key Witnesses" (National Journal)

"Despite Controversy, White House Doubling Down on  Clean Energy Loans" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Can Solyndra's Breakthrough Solar Technology Outlive the Company's Demise?" (Inside Climate News)

"Solyndra Shakeout Seen as a Sign of Success for Wider Solar Market" (Inside Climate News)

"Waxman Says Energy and Commerce Dems Would Support GOP Subpoena of Solyndra Execs" (Greenwire)

"Rep. Issa, DOE Official Clash Over Obama's Early Role in Solyndra Loan Guarantee" (Greenwire)

"A Giant Nuclear Project Awaits Its Federal Loans" (Green/NYT)

"Whose Subsidies Trump Whose?" (Green/NYT)

"OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Lawmakers Prepare for Silent Solyndra Hearing" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Parties Spar Over Loan Guarantees After Solyndra Fall" (Wall St. Journal)

"As Solyndra Execs Prepare to Take the Fifth, Company Blames DOE for Its Demise" (Greenwire)

 

Source: NY Times, 09/23/2011