'60 Minutes' CleanTech Segment Disputed By Former DOE Loan Boss

"WASHINGTON -- '60 Minutes' last Sunday ran a segment on what it described as the 'crash' of the clean tech industry, detailing perceived failures in government support for the development of clean energy and other advanced technology. That segment has been widely criticized for leaving out crucial information about the state of the clean tech sector and over-emphasizing governmental failures."

"The person who was actually in charge of the Department of Energy's loan program for much of its existence -- and who did not appear on '60 Minutes' -- talked to The Huffington Post this week about his objections to the segment.

'The program is actually a significant success,' said Jonathan Silver, who served as the head of the Department of Energy's loan program from November 2009 to October 2011 and is now a clean energy investor and visiting distinguished senior fellow at Third Way. 'It's unfortunate that the political climate in Washington succeeded in creating a different narrative about it.'   "

Kate Sheppard reports for the Huffington Post January 8, 2014.


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Source: Huffington Post, 01/09/2014