Van Jones: Criticizing boondoggles like Solyndra is ‘putting America down’

If there’s one person you can expect to stand up for America, it’s the “progressive” former Obama administration “green jobs” czar Van Jones.

Last month, the White House tweeted the above defense of “green energy” initiatives that have dragged billions of taxpayer dollars down a sinkhole. Today, a tweeter took issue and mentioned the Solyndra boondoggle:

That tweet drew a response from Van Jones: Stop hating on America, pal!

Blind support for “green jobs” money pits = the new patriotism.


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  • traffic_robot

    My understanding is that Tells is being propped up by their participation in the carbon credit market in CA. Not exactly the shining example of capitalism.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Mr. Jones,
    So are you willing to pay all the Taxpayers back for the debt that the government didn’t have permission to use our money with?
    We did not know that the government was…
    GOVT Loans-R-Us+No-Need-To-Pay-Us-Back….
    The federal government is NOT in business for us, nor is it a Bank.
    The federal government loaned Our $$$ without our permission to Obama donors and they failed, bankrupted, defaulted.

  • trixiewoobeans

    Hmm, I thought “putting America down” was his prime objective, or did he mean “Quit putting Obama’s ‘fundamentally transformed’ America down?”

    • TocksNedlog


    • Stephen L. Hall

      He doesn’t want you to criticize his plans for the People’s Republic of Obama.

    • Stephen L. Hall

      He doesn’t want you to criticize his plans for the People’s Republic of Obama.

  • jaazee

    Tesla is a prime example of the stupidity of taxpayers to give permission for the President of the United States to disburse $100’s of billions in grants or loan guarantees, without sunlight or prior approvals by the House.

    The taxpayers, not Barack Obama, took considerable risk in this investment. In Wall Street, the measurement is “risk/reward”. In government it’s “risk/get our $back/or lose every dime invested. For “friends of government in power, it is a “head I win, tails I win” They take no personal risk in the government loan.

    Tesla, to me, becomes the prime example of what the Congress should look into to determine how the peoples money should be put at risk by politicians, without Banking Industry experts writing the terms for our involvement.

    #tcot @GOP @DNC @foxnews #inners

    • Dan Thorpe

      All do respect but Tesla already repaid their loan. Even Bush was smart enough to walk away from Solyndra. The other car company Fisker was also the other failure. I have no problem with becoming my green. The problem with things like solar and wind is its incredibly expensive to maintain and operate and its still not 100% effective yet.

      • jaazee

        I know Tesla repaid the loan. My point is that taxpayers took a significant risk and our “return on that risk” was our money paid back plus interest.Some “insiders” of Teslar, including an Arab investing company, made hundreds of millions.

        • Dan Thorpe

          Thats capitalism at its finest. They created a product that people want. I have had the opportunity to drive an Tesla and it’s a great car. I have no problem with people who have stake in the company profiting.

          • PennyRobinsonFanClub

            I think the point is more that this was still not an investment as much as a gamble. It is NOT “capitalism at its finest” when it is the government indiscriminately throwing billions at ventures like this and hoping to find one that works, which it can then trot out as its poster child as an excuse to continue the money cascade. If Tesla is that good, it would succeed without government intervention, right? Isn’t that rather the definition of success?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “I think the point is more that this was still not an investment as much as a gamble.”

            A gamble looking for political “optics” payoff. Not to mention other backroom payoffs.

            With our money. That’s some creative capitalism.

          • jb1111

            The U.S. has a huge stake in the Tesla company.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “Thats capitalism at its finest. ”

            How is that? Why did they need the government? If it was capitalism at it’s finest (or even capitalism at all) they would have been able to raise needed funds privately.

            Leftists redefine everything. If there is a product and the government is involved without completely embarrassing itself, you’ll call that a great example of capitalism? I call that socialist scammers dodging a bullet with shear luck.

        • jb1111

          YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE MARK, jazzee!!!!


          Your reason is way the U.S. has 417 Trillion National DEBT.

          We do this everywhere. We should have demanded compensation from Iraq and Afghanistan in the form of oil and minerals and metals. The Chinese are repeating OUR rewards as I speak.

          We can no longer go around doing for others for FREE.

      • jb1111

        I agree, Dan. But you missed the mark on Tesla by a football field!!

        Just read jazzee’s post above.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      The Derp-partment of Energy had their filthy hands in this too.. Under HIM.. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • TocksNedlog

    Quit pissing half a billion dollars of our money down the drain!

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. Jones:

    Any percentage of ZERO is still ZERO!

  • walterc

    On the upside, he didn’t claim it was racist to point out The Won’s failed green energy investment strategy.

  • The Penguin

    Bullsh*t. That’s all.

  • Finrod Felagund

    FACT: Under the Obama Administration, windmills are killing rare birds at more than twice the rate under any previous administration.

  • Finrod Felagund

    FACT: Under the Obama Administration, windmills are killing rare birds at more than twice the rate under any previous administration.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Mr. Van Jones, so you support this Robbery?
    Obama Success=The Below…

    Your Green Energy Jobs Failures
    Owed To U.S. Taxpayers Due To Systemic Government Finance Failure
    Total = $10,281,160,981.00 Billion Taxpayer Dollars

    Update: 4/8/2013>>> <<<
    Notice: If not depicted Bankrupt then Business in Default
    A123 Systems-Bankrupt
    Abound Solar-Bankrupt
    AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy
    Azure Dynamics-Bankrupt
    Babcock and Brown
    Beacon Power-Bankrupt
    EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1-Bankrupt
    Energy Conversion Devices-Bankrupt
    Evergreen Solar-Bankrupt
    First Solar
    Fisker Automotive
    Johnson Controls
    LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power
    LSP Energy
    Konarka Technologies Inc.-Bankrupt
    Mascoma Corp.
    Mountain Plaza, Inc.
    National Renewable Energy Lab
    Nevada Geothermal
    Nordic Windpower
    Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company
    Range Fuels-Bankrupt
    Raser Technologies-Bankrupt
    Schneider Electric-Bankrupt
    Stirling Energy Systems-Bankrupt
    Thompson River Power-Bankrupt
    Willard and Kelsey Solar Group-Bankrupt

  • napalm

    Vann Jones believes 9/11 was an inside job

  • alanstorm

    What is this “96% success rate”? 96% success at keeping the failures from being reported?

    • ObamaFail

      MSNBC has a 100% success rate of covering up Obama’s failures.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Yeah, a 96% success rate of wasting tax Dollars, while putting current energy sources out of business…. And if this keeps up, THERE WILL BE NO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
    But as long as us Conservatives are here, we still have a Chance.. #Robin #TeenTitans Jawamax 8<{D}

  • A Willful Boy

    I think he meant to send this to @BarackObama:

    @VanJones68 Quit putting America down!

  • Jeremy

    Van Jones = portrait of a communist in action.

  • Tyrconnell

    Truther say what?

  • JohnnyN2O

    Van Jones cheering tax money to develop hotrods for hipster 1%’ers Ohh sweet irony

  • CA Oathkeeper

    I’m in CA and it’s ironic that the only Tesla “dealership” I’ve seen is a storefront in THE only mall in my area that has that “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it” ambience.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Uh-huh. Doubled from .001% to .002%.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    “The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:”

    And this is already outdated, it’s from last October.

  • Jack

    tesla….a car only the rich bastards everyone hates can afford. good one Van

  • Suzyqpie

    “True engines of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra,” said Pres 0bama. Sum Ting Wong.

    • 1mrt1

      With his brain

  • Guest

    Had 78% of those receiving “green financing” NOT been Obama cronies,
    (like Big Al Gore) milking $billions from federal income taxpayers;
    there might have be more credibility for the program of alternative energy.

  • $18800854

    Yea, Jones, Criticizing Solyndra is criticizing the Communists trying to make a go of it in the USA and shoving the false science of climate change down our backside. Shovel it!

  • jb1111

    Why must the space program rely on private enterprise but NOT green energy??

    Makes NO SENSE at all.

  • MarcusFenix

    Jones would have a hard time explaining, me thinks, why we’ve sunk so much money into initiatives of wind and solar power, when they produce less than 4% of the total power generated in the United States.

    Stat source:

  • Bud-Kathy Jones

    What do communist know about creating jobs in the private sector ? The whole concept is weird.