Of Course you refuse to debate Elizabeth Emken, Senator Feinstein, how in the world would you explain that $500 million dollars of glass tubes financed by the U.S. Taxpayer in a project that was known in advance to not be financially viable differ from the rest of your schemes and dreams you have voted for?
August 24, 2012…46 days since Elizabeth Emken invited Dianne Feinstein to debate.
Let’s look at an opportunity for California’s U.S. Senate candidates to have an open public discussion on the issues affecting our state and our nation:
The back side of the “grotto” shed reveals just how long the tubes really are, as the outer half of each tube reaches to catch the sunshine. I’m surprised that a curious bird or falling branch has not yet broken some of the exposed glass work. There are many ironies to this postmodern repurposing of scavenged Solyndra tubes, but perhaps the most bizarre is this:
The Solyndra loan guarantees were given largely at the urging of Steven Chu, appointed by Obama in 2009 to head the Department of Energy. Chu was recruited to the DOE from his position as director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he directed research into alternative energy sources.
And where exactly is the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory? In the hills above the U.C. Berkeley campus, directly across the road from the U.C. Botanical Garden. In fact, Steven Chu’s former office is only about a thousand yards from the SOL Grotto exhibit itself, as this aerial view reveals:
Solyndra factory parts turned into botanical garden art project
A set of glass tubes from the bankrupt Solyndra factory have been turned into an art installation at the University of California botanical garden — and dubbed “the most expensive art project ever” by Republicans, NBC San Francisco reports
CHASER: “I don’t know what takes more talent — making art out of discarded glass tubes or making half a billion dollars of taxpayer money disappear,” said Ron Nehring, senior strategist for the Emken for U.S. Senate campaign. “The voters deserve to hear Dianne Feinstein try to explain her support of this epic failure. They deserve to see Elizabeth Emken describe their differences in economic policy. But as long as the entrenched incumbent dodges debates, all we’re left with is silence.