DOE scrubs press releases related to SunPower loan guarantee

It's a marvel that they think they could get away with this stuff in the internet age.


Someone affiliated with the Department of Energy has been going back to make changes to press releases posted on the Internet weeks and months ago, CNBC has found.

The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department of Energy's loan guarantee program - the same program that has been the center of controversy surrounding the failed solar company Solyndra.

Both were changed to remove the name of a company that has received negative press attention in recent days, SunPower, and replace it with the name of another company, NRG Energy [NRG 20.82 -0.07 (-0.34%) ].


In the April case, the Department of Energy loan programs office announced in a press release on April 12 "conditional commitment" to a $1.187 billion loan guarantee to support the California Valley Solar Ranch project, which it said was "sponsored by SunPower Corporation."

But that release was later changed on one website to say the project was "sponsored by NRG Energy." The date on the release remained "April 12, 2011."

I'm sure there's a perfectly innocent explanation for this - but at the moment, I can't think of one.

Seriously, these guys are the keystone kops of koverups. There is a mountain of evidence - with more being found all the time - that political cronies and Democratic contributors got favorable terms on questionable projects. The only questions are will there be indictments and who might be going to jail.