Government Pork, Waste and Fraud
| Dec 20, 2012 | John Nicol and Dave SeglinsThe mystery of the trainload of biodiesel that crossed back and forth across the Sarnia-Port Huron border without ever unloading its cargo, as reported by CBC News, has beensolved.
| 12/27/12 | Peter Schroeder The House Ethics Committee has decided to close its investigation into preferentialmortgages doled out under a controversial VIP program without taking any action. The panel said it was not taking any action on members who received more affordablemortgages under the program, instituted by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial because while allegations surrounding the program and lawmakers involved "seriousmatters," they largely fell outside its jurisdiction. For example, many of the allegations pertain to actions outside the Ethics Committee's statute of limitations — greater thanthree Congresses ago — and many of those accused are no longer working in Congress...
| 12/27/2012 | Jarrett SkorupA proposed ethanol plant for Frontier Renewable Resources in the Upper Peninsula hassurvived a legal challenge filed by the Sierra Club and a Chippewa County resident. Butthe company building the plant may be one of the biggest green failures in the country.While countless articles have been dedicated to exposing green failures like Solyndra,A123, LG Chem, Energ1 and others, Frontier, which is a part of Mascoma Corp., hasreceived little media attention. In June, Michigan Capitol Confidential reported thatMascoma said it had "no experience in the markets in which we intend to operate." Aswas documented..
| December 27, 2012 | Donald LambroWASHINGTON - Have you seen the latest development in President Obama's waste-ridden, clean energy program that's now under federal investigation at the U.S. TreasuryDepartment? Three of the country's biggest residential solar panel installers -- SolarCity,SunRun and Sungevity -- have been subpoenaed by Treasury's Office of Inspector General for their financial records to determine if they had inflated the market value of their costs when they applied for federal reimbursement. The firms have reportedlyreceived more than $500 million in federal grants and tax credits. Officials in two of them, Solar-City and SunRun, have been among some of Obama's..