By Jim Scarantino | New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — As his own alternative energy policies continue to fail in New Mexico, former Gov. Bill Richardson has announced on his website that he will lead the energy forum at the Democratic National Party’s 2012 convention.
Richardson will headline a luncheon forum hosted by Politico on Sept. 5 in Charlotte, N.C., focusing on energy’s role “in the 2012 and in the coming years.”
New Mexico Watchdog has contacted Politico to learn how Richardson was selected despite his record in New Mexico where almost all of the solar ventures he backed with public funds have collapsed or failed to get off the ground.
Most recently, KOB-TV reported that the Richardson administration declined clawback provisions in the extension of $16 million in public funding to the failed Schott Solar. Unlike local governments that supported Schott with clawback provisions included in their agreements, New Mexico will lose its $16 million investment.