Apr 27 • 17M

Podcast: The Renewable Industry Bankruptcies of 2011

Llewellyn Jones
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The first episode of the Investigative Economics podcast covers our recent stories on the high-profile bankruptcies in the renewable energy industry around 2011, when Romney accused the government of picking “losers.”

We’ll be covering the following stories:

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