Danny Weiss, (pictured nearby) tough guy chief of staff and PR flack for Rep George Miller (D-Martinez) turned on the afterburner of full, scorched-earth damage control as he white washed any connection Miller the elder had with his son’s firm’s lobbying activities and Rep Miller’s own attempts to secure loan guarantees and crony capitalist government contracts for SunPower, a troubled company deep in debt with business in George Miller’s district. Yes it’s that SunPower with an R&D facility in greener than green Richmond, CA. You get the picture.
According to the Martinez Gazette’s home town softball rendition of the SunPower coverup, Weiss also threatened those that question iffy dealings by elected officials, “Weiss went on to call the allegation that Miller weighed in on his son’s behalf in securing the federal loan guarantee to SunPower “completely not true,” a “total distortion,” and warned it was “dangerous to repeat that.”
Weiss likened any attempt to find out what really went on as a right wing attack on renewable energy!
There are some very easy questions Miller or his mouthpiece Weiss could answer.
When did Rep. George Miller write his letter supporting the SunPower loan? Was it before or after he learned his son’s firm (LHOM) was paid $140,000 to represent SunPower?
What was the purchase price for the California Valley Solar Ranch that SunPower still owns? Why are the papers sealed?
Tell us who cajoled MDUSD into contracting with SunPower to illegally use Measure C monies (and ARA monies) to install solar panels in the parking lots of schools throughout the district instead of on class room technology per language of the Measure? How’d that happen? Anyone want to help file an FOIA on that one? Don’t fool yourselves, the Measure C Oversight committee is already writing its own whitewash on this and other matters.
Man what a racket.
Weiss and other lefties at Think Progress, try to confuse the story as if the loan guarantee was not for SunPower but for NRG Energy for the construction of a poster-child solar energy farm in California called California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR). SunPower still owns the project and will build it for its customer, NRG. The loan guarantee to NRG basically insures SunPower, will get paid by NRG!
Hell, after that it’s a shell game in which taxpayers don’t stand a chance no matter whether they grok renewable energy or not.
Wiess, too clever by half, would have you believe that the SunPower Mexican plant had nothing to do with the DOE money. Yet, as Neil MCacbe points out, if the panels made in Mexicali are used for CVSR, then it has everything to do with loan guarantees being used to send California jobs jobs south of the border, thank you George Miller!
How does Weiss, er, Miller (either one) justify $80 million dollars per job for the 350 jobs to build CVSR with solar panels built in Mexicali?
As an aside, if anything, these stories about jobs leaving California are more about anti-business policies that won’t let these types of facilities be built in California thanks to Miller’s career and Governor Brown and his ilk. So the band plays on.
Crony Capitalism abounds on the left as much as it does on the right. Trail lawyers, Banks, Finance, Corn, Oil, and now the new shibboleth green tech and its holy priesthood. And boy do they get self righteous when people call them on their shit.
But if tough guy Weiss is correct, if you object to this sort of waste and favoritism of the rich you are considered an enemy of the people. If you point out inconsistencies or ask for transparency, you are labelled a pariah. And when you call a crooked deal a crooked deal, you get threatened by a horse’s ass like Weiss.