Left sees Solyndra coverage and asks, 'Where's Keystone?'

10-18-2011 // Darren Samuelsohn

This is an excerpt from Politico.

Liberals and environmental activists desperately trying to change the narrative away from Solyndra are simultaneously working to throw the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton under the bus with another energy trouble spot.

The Nation, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Grist, Climate Progress and Media Matters have run editorials and articles in recent weeks bemoaning the “out of proportion” Solyndra coverage and drawing attention to the State Department’s pending review of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would connect Canada’s Tar Sands to the Gulf Coast.

Reporters covering the House investigation of the California solar company’s downfall also regularly hear from Democratic staff and environmentalists criticizing them for even writing stories about it.

“Ever hear of the tar sands pipeline that will actually cost [President Barack] Obama support he is counting on?” Jeremy Symons, a senior vice president at the National Wildlife Federation, wrote in an email last week to POLITICO.

Deep down is a fear, echoed privately by some Obama officials, that the barrage of negative stories about government assistance to solar power will drive away future investments in clean energy and turn away what little congressional appetite there was for solar and wind for years to come.

But in order to save clean energy, liberal activists are encouraging the media to blast the Obama administration for allegedly scandalous behavior on its upcoming decision to potentially greenlight the 1,700-mile Keystone pipeline.

Critics of the media’s coverage of Solyndra are hyping internal administration emails showing what they describe as a cozy relationship between a former Clinton 2008 presidential campaign aide now lobbying for TransCanada and the State Department team reviewing the company’s pipeline application.

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