President Barack Obama claims he wants to curb waste in federal spending. Not in his own administration's subsidies of "green" energy, apparently.
About $90 billion in taxpayers' money has been thrown at "green" companies. Billions of dollars have been lost when the companies, often poorly vetted by the administration, went out of business.
Another expensive failure occurred last week.
A Michigan company, A123, had been approved for $249 million in federal stimulus grants. The company was founded to make lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
Fortunately, only $130 million of that had been paid out by this week, when A123 declared bankruptcy. That money is gone.
So is the $193 million in loans the White House gave to Fisker Automotive before stopping payments on a $529 million award when that firm failed for two years to produce its promised electric car.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was right about Obama's energy policy when he said, "You don't just pick the winners and losers - you pick the losers."
Our tax dollars at work?