September 19th, 2011 | by DeSmog Blog
In her famous book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, author and activist Naomi Klein quotes the Godfather of free market capitalism, Milton Friedman, whom she credits with mainstreaming the "shock doctrine." Friedman stated:
"Only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real changes. When the crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable."
Under a textbook "shock doctrine" scenario as it pertains to the ongoing and escalating Solyndra Corporation hoopla, two U.S. Senators, sponsor David Vitter (R-LA) and co-sponsor Ron Johnson (R-WI), have introduced U.S. Senate Bill 1556, the Federal Accounting of Renewable Energy Act of 2011 (FARE) [PDF], or "FARE" as a direct response to the Solyndra saga — "ideas that are lying around," to quote Friedman
September 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Here's yet another great response to the Solyndra debacle and all the attacks on clean energy and green jobs that have followed. It's part of an email I received from the Natural Resources Defense Council last night. Check it out (and please share it)
September 16th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
"The solar company Solyndra filed for bankruptcy last month, which media reports have depicted as the end of solar power in the U.S. This is like saying there is no future for the internet because Netscape went out of business."
Love this. This is the intro to a great email I received from Vote Solar yesterday. There's more worth sharing, and it was really so well-written I don't see the point in changing or adding much, so here's more
September 15th, 2011 | by Stephen Lacey
It’s often claimed that the Solyndra loan guarantee was “rushed through” by the Obama Administration for political reasons. In fact, the Solyndra loan guarantee was a multi-year process that the Bush Administration launched in
September 12th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers
SolarCity, a leading American solar company, has announced it is set to begin a $1 billon residential rooftop project, doubling the number of solar systems currently on homes around the United States
September 9th, 2011 | by Silvio Marcacci
Controversy surrounding solar panel manufacturer Solyndra’s recent bankruptcy filing just won’t go away, and could imperil the White House. The company’s federal stimulus loans are at the center of a widening investigation into clean-energy technology funding by House Republicans, and may lead to subpoenas of White House records.
September 7th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers
For those following or invested in CSP, this all sounds like good reason to attend the 5th International Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit held November 28 to 30 in Sevilla, Spain, writes global events director Maria Slough Rocha
September 4th, 2011 | by Tina Casey
The Department of Energy is soldiering on with a new $145 million round of SunShot Initiative funding for high efficiency, [&hellip
September 1st, 2011 | by Aaron Fown
Solyndra’s recent failure to thrive, despite half a billion dollars in federal loan guarantees and strong growth this year, could be taken as a lesson in the failure of government investment in clean energy technology. But it was, in fact, an example of a stunning success of this strategy. Unfortunately, it wasn't our success. It was China's
August 11th, 2011 | by Silvio Marcacci
California’s Silicon Valley is known for launching the Internet revolution, but the region has also become the epicenter of America’s clean tech industry. Billions of dollars in venture capital funding to energy-related companies has helped the region weather the economic downturn by growing green jobs 109 percent over the last decade.
energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan visited Silicon Valley to find out how the region’s shift toward clean energy is empowering tech-savvy workers and entrepreneurs to take charge of America’s energy future.
December 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer
Fremont, California-based Solyndra has just completed its latest French solar installation to date on a warehouse roof near Toulouse, PV [&hellip
November 26th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer
Nanosolar, Bloom Energy and Solyndra are among the big names in California clean energy companies that have been awarded tax [&hellip
July 31st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer
Solyndra was the very first of the renewable energy companies funded through the (newly renewable energy-friendly) Department of Energy under [&hellip
May 26th, 2010 | by Derek Markham
Today, President Obama visited Solyndra, Inc. in Fremont California – a solar panel manufacturer that is building a new facility [&hellip
May 2nd, 2010 | by Tina Casey
In what appears to be a match made in solar heaven, the renewable energy company Solar ReFeel has partnered with [&hellip
December 3rd, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer
A once-in-a-generation shift in U.S. science is being spurred by the Obama administration’s push to solve the nation’s energy problems, [&hellip
March 21st, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer
... they put themselves on the radar once more, after Obama took office and Steven Chu was confirmed as Secretary of Energy. Lo and behold! They are now in the happy position of being the first recipients of the DOE's loan guarantee program which is part of the stimulus bill... w00t!"