The Obama administration restructures loan to Solyndra even after financial problems became clear
The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers for repayment in case of a default, government records show.
Administration officials defended the loan restructuring, saying that without an infusion of cash earlier this year, solar panel maker Solyndra Inc. would likely have faced immediate bankruptcy, putting more than 1,000 people out of work.
Even with the federal help, Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month and laid off its 1,100 employees. . . .
House Energy and Commerce Hearing on Solyndra, questions from Congressman Pompeo
When the congressman is asking about DOE recommending about restructuring the loan so that the firm was liquidated, I wish that I could have asked why DOE wanted this given that the company was not covering its costs and had no prospects of doing so in the foreseeable future.