Solargate continues with the wasteful government support of so called solar energy technologies. It started with Solyndra, which was granted millions in taxpayer dollars before it went under. Now there’s Tonopah Solar Energy getting $737 million from the DOE.
Not surprisingly, the corporate recipient of taxpayer millions is located in Nevada, awash in sunshine and home state of Harry Reid. Senate Majority Leader Reid keeps company in Congress with the nation’s leading liberal lady, Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House. Nancy’s husband has a brother, Ron Pelosi, who is executive director of Pacific Corporate Group, an investor in Tonopah Solar Energy. Could there be some crony capitalism going on?
For the record, Ron Pelosi has denied claims of collusion with sister-in-law, Nancy. That, of course, is for the record.
The project is said to produce 45 jobs. My arithmetic says that taxpayers like me and you paid $16 million for each of those jobs. It is one thing if those jobs were permanent or produced more than the promised 110 megawatts of power. But the track record of solar start-ups like Solyndra points to bankruptcy in short order. Besides, how many watts are produced when no sun shines in Nevada?
Another question arises from Americans who witness such government corruption: Why is our money continually stolen for “green” enterprises that fail?
Nancy Pelosi answered the question forever when she announced that “we won” the election in 2008. We, the voters, put these politicians in power. We, the voters, blindly opt for “green.” We, the voters are continually fed misinformation, however, about green and companies that continually go under with government support.
The next time the sun rises but doesn’t shine where you are, ask yourself whether such politicians are worthy of your vote. Ask yourself why your dollars should support their friends. Ask yourself why your money funds failed endeavors. Ask yourself why we tolerate such ineptitude. Ask why the sun should shine over solar energy companies while it’s dark where you are in more ways than one.