I was going to leave this topic behind, but I just couldn't resist after Krugman's bit of snark on the topic. Please see my new Forbes column here. One bit, actually off topic from the rest of the article, that I added as a postscript:
Perhaps the worst Administration decision of the entire Solyndra affair has yet to receive adequate scrutiny. Just 6 months before Solyndra failed, the Administration allowed Argonaut, the largest shareholder, to grab the senior debtor position from the US taxpayer in exchange for $75 million in new financing. The Administration’s argument was the loan was needed to buy time, but buy time for what? Solyndra’s relative cost position was getting worse, and it was experiencing a huge loss on every unit sold. No one involved has been able to say what the company was counting on to save it in the 6 months this loan bought it, except perhaps the opportunity to cajole another half billion out of the US taxpayer.
But the loan did accomplish two things. First, it gave Solyndra time to sell every liquid asset it owned that might have been of value to…. Argonaut. And once this bit of self-dealing was complete and the company was cleaned out, the bankruptcy process could be entirely controlled by Argonaut such that it will likely end up with all the assets, most important of which seems to be a $500 million dollar tax loss carryforward. If Argonaut can take advantage of these tax shelters, it will end up costing the US taxpayer an additional $150 million or so.
In short, the taxpayer got rolled. Again.
Update: Marc Morano:
'When we had (Gulf) oil spill, we immediately had moratorium on off shore drilling. The oil industry was demonized & literally shut down'
'But after the green energy debacle, they are being feted and rewarded -- $9 billion more is being sent out to 14 more companies...Solar power is less than 1% of our electricity, yet this is being feted'