Two Republican Senators Ask Questions on Loans Granted to Fisker Automotive
June 27, 2012 1:21 PM
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Senators fear Fiskercould default on giant government loans
The United States government granted a number of loans to different high-tech startups in an attempt to kick start innovation and research into alternative fuel and power. Among the companies that received these loans were Fisker Automotive and Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors has been undeniably successful and
its Model S and made deliveries to the first buyers of the electric vehicle.
Fisker Automotive, however, hasn’t been as fruitful. The auto company has experienced issues with battery packs that had to be replaced, and a test vehicle loaned to Consumer Reports
“died” with just a few hundred miles on the odometer
As the recipient of a government loan, U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley R-Iowa and Senator John Thune, R-South Dakota are now questioning Energy Secretary Steven Chu about why a loan was made to Fisker Automotive considering it is partly owned by Qatar Investment Authority, a foreign-owned company.
The letter to Chu read in part, "Why should the American taxpayer have to accept the credit risk of a company owned by a foreign government?"
The Energy Department loaned Fisker Automotive $529 million and awarded battery supplier A123 $249 million in grants. A Fisker spokesperson responded by stating that the company sold more than 1,000 cars globally and generated more than $100 million in revenue. The spokesman also stated that Fisker was focused on creating American jobs.
Fisker has already
delays in producing its lower-cost family sedan due to setbacks with the battery packs for the plug-in hybrid vehicle. Battery supplier A123 is
replacing 600 battery packs
in Fisker Karma vehicles at a cost of $55 million after manufacturing flaws were found in the batteries.
The letter from the Senators also asked, "Will DOE consider A123's ongoing financial struggles before distributing the rest of the grant?"
A123 intends to hire as many as 400 new employees in the coming months, as was a condition of receiving the state and federal money. The company currently has about 780 workers in Michigan.
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6/29/2012 5:02:03 AM
You are merely describing the way things are, not the way things work well.
The way things are is the problem, is why people are on welfare and potential labor is wasted along with money to support them.
Think about it. If we as a society are spending hundreds or more a month to support someone through welfare, that money didn't grow on a tree, it could have gone even further to provide additional wages. It's all a matter of where the money comes from and where it goes. Yes a McDonalds hamburger might cost a little more but I could be paying less taxes to offset that, a win/win situation instead of THE WAY THINGS ARE which is that minimum wage doesn't serve any useful purpose being this low except to exploit the poor. They don't like being treated like less than human beings so they say "fvck it".
It's very simple. People will do what they perceive benefits them. To get people off welfare you need to pay them enough that they feel it's of benefit to work. If you just pull welfare out from under them instead you then end up with more crime instead so we pay to incarcerate people which is yet another failure we have in society, a huge penal system.
RE: Anyone need an extra billion?
6/29/2012 12:39:51 PM
So we shouldn't force people to do the right thing because they might increase the crime rate? That is faulty and absurd logic. I agree that we should rethink our justice system in this nation, and we can start with more serious punishments for capital crimes like rape, murder, etc. If you are given the death penalty, you should only have one appeal, and that should be speedy. None of this "waiting on death row for 20 years" bullcrap.
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