Judicial Watch • Second Obama Green Venture in Weeks Folds after Getting Millions

Second Obama Green Venture in Weeks Folds after Getting Millions

Second Obama Green Venture in Weeks Folds after Getting Millions

MAY 09, 2013

Stop the presses! Another one of President Obama’s brilliant clean-energy ventures has collapsed after taking tens of millions of dollars from American taxpayers, in this case to develop a special wheelchair-accessible “green” van.

The news comes just weeks after a separate company that got nearly $200 million from the government to develop hybrid vehicles folded. That fly-by-night company, Fisker Automotive, had been heavily touted by the administration as an innovator that would develop two lines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that could run up to 300 miles on a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Before doling out the cash, Obama’s Energy Secretary assured the cars “will save hundreds of millions of gallons of gasoline and offset millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2016.”

Instead the southern California startup manufactured a measly 2,700 vehicles, sold a laughable 2,000 and failed to build one for nearly a year before laying off three quarters of its employees. That’s after getting $192 million from Uncle Sam. Highly unlikely that any of the money will ever be recovered since Fisker is almost certainly headed for bankruptcy. Last year Judicial Watch sued the Obama administration for documents related to the Fisker scandal but there appears to be a cover up of epic proportions. Check out the mostly blacked out document the administration provided as part of the lawsuit.  

This week’s green-energy fleecing du jour is like a pathetic sequel to the Fisker scandal, except the hemorrhaging got plugged sooner, after only $50 million. It involves another startup called Vehicle Production Group (VPG) that makes special vans for the disabled that run on compressed natural gas. Here’s how the Obama administration justified funding this experiment with public dollars: “This project invests in a socially and environmentally responsible product that will create new jobs, promote the use of alternative fuels, and help the U.S. maintain its competitive edge in the automotive industry.”

Instead VPG has ceased operations and fired almost all of its employees, according to a news report. The same story quotes a Republican congressman saying that VPG’s closing is another sign the clean-car program is a failure and a burden on taxpayers. No kidding! Instead of filling the ozone with hot air, why not do something about it? “We don’t have a good record and it needs to stop,” said the congressman, Jeff Flake of Arizona, who not surprisingly failed to offer any concrete solutions.

It’s a sure bet that Obama’s green ventures will continue swindling taxpayers because the administration has doled out hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of projects. The painful consequences extend beyond the car industry. Remember Solyndra, the northern California solar panel company—bankrolled by Obama fundraiser George Kaiser—that folded after getting $529 million from the government?

Despite the “serious concerns” of U.S. Treasury officials about the risky infusion, a federal audit exposed how the controversial deal was suspiciously rushed through for a politically-connected entrepreneur that had raised large sums for Obama. Judicial Watch is investigating the Solyndra scandal and has sued the administration for records related to the shady deal.

 

 

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  • flexiblesink61

    You really can’t blame our dear leader. The Congress and Senate when along with our Dear leader on these corporate give a ways. What our dear leader should have down was build 300 Ships for the Navy. Each ship would have created 1000 jobs in America and a Navy ship on average takes 2 years to build. This stimulus could have revived the entire economy.

    The Sad Part of all these GREEN Companies that are gone, was that Spain did the exact same thing. The outcome was the same.

    In the private sector, people go to jail. In the United States Government people get promoted and elected to the Congress and Senate.

  • shirleyscarlett

    Hasn’t Obama done enough that can be proved at this point to be impeached? He is obviously doing this to ruin our country. Received your letter today & have it ready to be taken to the mailbox…glad to know Judicial Watch exists, I didn’t until today. Please keep up the good work & thank you so much! SS

  • Ruthie_D

    I am so tired of my hard earned money being squandered by this administration. I am tired of the secrecy. The current occupany of the WH is nothing more than a fascist.