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Surprise! Koch-funded anti-Solyndra ad is ‘mostly false’

Here's an anti-Solyndra ad put out by Americans For Prosperity. It is wrong. And it's been viewed 1 million times on YouTube alone, not to mention millions more on television. Which just goes to show you that if you give the people what they want, they will eat it up like delicious candied bacon, because who doesn't like having their completely ridiculous prejudices reinforced at the expense of truth and our country's future economic prosperity? Here are just a few of its by-now-canonical-on-Fox-News lies: The ad says that "friends of Obama" benefited from the loan, but it references a Daily …

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Critical List: Emissions jumped in 2010; Japan has created the world’s most efficient solar cell

In 2010, greenhouse-gas emissions increased more than they ever had before in one year. Blame the tepid economic recovery. The EPA's going to release initial results from its fracking investigation next year, but the final report won't come out until 2014. Dig into the dysfunction of the Keystone XL approval process and the fighting between EPA, the White House, and the State Department. Obama wants to cut tariffs on green goods. World's! Most! Efficient! Solar Cell! (It converts 36.9 percent of solar energy into power.) Where are the green jobs and clean energy projects? This interactive map knows.

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Regular or unleaded? Are we willing to invest in healthier homes?

Photo: Steven DepoloHey, have you heard? It's Lead Poisoning Awareness Week! Stop. I know what you're thinking. "We don't have a ribbon," says Beth Bingham, communications director for the national Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. "We get a lot of calls from people wondering what color ribbon they should wear. Everyone else has a ribbon or a bracelet, but we don't." Well that takes the fun out of a festive occasion. Ah well. Lead poisoning is ugly business, anyway -- a little lead in the blood, especially during childhood, is enough to turn your brain to mush. Exhaust from …

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Why does ABC News hate electric cars?

Elon Musk, billionaire founder of Skype, wants to revolutionize the landscape of American cars with his Tesla Motors Model S sedan. He's already got a contract with Toyota, and he's been lauded by every outlet that knows what the hell it's talking about. So why does ABC News want to smear Tesla as the next Solyndra? "The cringe-worthy fail [begins] in the intro, which sets the segment’s tone and frames the subsequent reporting," writes Mike Orcutt in The New Fuelist.  Host Terry Morgan leads with this: Two and a half years ago President Obama pushed a $787 billion stimulus bill …

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Jay Inslee, candidate for WA governor, chats with Grist about clean energy and coal ports

  Jay Inslee. Last Friday, I visited Washington state's first certified solar PV manufacturing plant with Rep. Jay Inslee (D), who in June declared that he's running for governor in 2012. Inslee, who has represented Washington's 1st District for 12 years, is one of Congress's few true clean energy enthusiasts; he even co-wrote a book on the topic, Apollo's Fire: Igniting America's Clean Energy Economy. At the Silicon Energy plant, he kept interrupting the company president's presentation with questions. Are those single-junction or multi-junction cells? Is the glass fused? Where do the parts come from? How is the state's production …

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Romney attacks green jobs, ignoring the 64,000 created in his state

Mitt Romney's facts are illusory -- not green jobs.Photo: World Affairs Council of PhiladelphiaCross-posted from Climate Progress. Former Massachusetts governor and presidential front-runner Mitt Romney -- once a candidate who stood up to coal and supported clean energy -- is now calling green jobs fake. In an op-ed in the Orange County Register published Monday, Romney regurgitates GOP talking points on loan guarantees to Solyndra and Fisker Automotive, two stories that have turned leading conservative politicians and media pundits into a pack of scandalmongers -- even while many of those politicians supported the same government investments for companies in their …

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The facts on Fisker: The media’s latest faux scandal

The Fisker Karma, sexy but not scandalous. Photo: Fisker AutomotiveHere we go again. ABC News and iWatch have a big new report out that desperately tries to lend an air of scandal to another Department of Energy loan guarantee. It's a remarkable package, nearly 3,000 words and three ABC News segments full of handwaving and innuendo suggesting that there's something shady going on, using the word "Solyndra" as often as possible, but in the end there's ... nothing. Not a single bit of evidence of wrongdoing or corruption. It's a gigantic nothingburger. It just describes the loan program working exactly …

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Conservatives want to end support for America's fastest growing industry

Republicans are giving the finger to one of America's most promising industries.In these grim economic times, one U.S. industry has defied gravity. Not only is it growing, it's the fastest growing industry in the country. It now employs 100,000 Americans at 5,000 mostly small businesses spread across all 50 states. Unlike in so many others, in this industry the U.S. has a positive trade balance with China; it is a net exporter of high-tech manufactured products. In addition to being successful, this industry is wildly popular with the American public, across regions, demographics, and political parties. It has been embraced …

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Red states, green jobs

Cross-posted from the Demos blog Policy Shop. Here's one more reason to be puzzled by the GOP's animus toward green jobs: It turns out that the clean economy is disproportionately fueling economic growth and opportunity in states that tend to send Republicans to Congress -- states that are also struggling with high rates of unemployment and poverty.  The South has the largest number of clean economy jobs, with seven of the top 21 states for clean economy jobs. Among them, Florida has over 100,000 clean economy jobs. Georgia has over 83,700, and Tennessee has over 76,000. At the same time, …

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Obama rips GOP defeatism: ‘I’m not going to surrender to other countries’

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. This morning, President Barack Obama bashed the Republican argument that the United States can no longer compete in global manufacturing. Earlier this week, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said that the bankruptcy of Solyndra means that the United States should surrender the clean-energy race to China. "We can't compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines," Stearns told NPR, because one advanced-technology solar company that had received private and public financing had closed shop. "I'm not going to surrender to other countries," Obama shot back in today's press conference, after noting that Stearns, like dozens …