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FARE — Shock Doctrine in Action

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


Q&A on Solyndra, Clean Energy, & Green Jobs

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)


Reports of the Death of Solar are Highly Exaggerated (Take Action)

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


House Republicans Widen Solyndra Probe, May Subpoena White House

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.


Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Summit November 28-30

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


Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Solyndra Bankruptcy

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


Silicon Valley: Clean Tech’s New Capital?

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.


Fremont’s Solyndra Wins First DoE Funding

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!"



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