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All Solyndra, all the time: A DeBord Report roundup

I've been going big on Solyndragate here at DeBord Report. It's a good story. It has everything: ideas about the future, money, politics, success, failure, Silicon Valley, Washington — and it's sucked in the Obama administration. It's also generated a lot of discussion and debate in the blog-o-sphere about both the specifics of the solar startup's abrupt bankruptcy and the role of government in financing green energy projects. Here's a rundown of what I've written so far:

Solyndra: Not about jobs, not about paybacks, but about…power

Think the Department of Energy is bunch of meek bureaucrats? Think again. It's a den of super-venture-capitalists who have been building up the thin-solar industry in America.

• Solyndragate: Picking winners will always be risky business

When you invest in new industries, you sometimes have to swing for the fences in order to capture major returns.

• Solyndragate: The problem with solar isn't growth, it's scale

The solar business is growing, but growth without scale means it will always struggle to compete with other forms of energy.

• Visual Aid: Ouch! Solyndra-gate makes the 'Daily Show'

The title says it all.

• Solyndra-gate and the reality of Green investment

What you're dealing with when your dealing with green.

• Solyndra bankruptcy suggests that governments aren't investing enough in solar energy

The company didn't lose too much money — it didn't lose enough.

• Does the Solyndra bankruptcy mean that green energy isn't the solution to our problems?

Wherein we speculate on the bankruptcy immediately after it was announced.

• Green energy in California: Growth yes, scale...maybe never

Well, it's not like we haven't been on the green beat (see Pacific Swell). But this was a crack at figuring out why green has been struggling for scale — before the Solyndra meltdown.

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