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One of the many, many contentious issues that make up the ongoing pointless battles between the Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. is the Solyndra case, about how the now-bankrupt solar-power company got loan guarantees. Republicans say the Obama Administration pushed the loans through in a less-than-honest manner. The Administration and the DOE say everything was aboveboard.
One of the Republican Representative leading the charge against Obama is Darrell Issa, who announced yesterday that he will soon launch an investigation into the Solyndra situation with the oh-so-subtle title "How Obama's Green-Energy Agenda is Killing Jobs." Speaking on C-SPAN this week, Issa said, "There's been this attitude that somehow the government can weigh-in with loan guarantees and money and pick specific company winners and losers. We see that as a backdoor, easy way to end up with corruption in government."

Well... Issa is not some sort of blameless pol who is against all federal support for green tech companies. Bloomberg has a story today about how Issa, in early 2010, was stongly in favor of an Energy Department loan for Aptera Motors. "Awarding this opportunity to Aptera Motors will greatly assist a leading developer of electric vehicles in my district," he wrote to DOE Secretary Steven Chu. Aptera never did receive the loan it requested. Issa also wrote to the DOE to support battery maker Quallion in 2009.

In a sort of response to the issue at hand, Rep John Dingell gave a speech today calling on Congress to not end the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. The headline on the presser about the speech? "Republicans must not walk into the most important issue America faces with their eyes completely closed." Read the text and see the video after the jump.

*UPDATE: Then there's this.


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DINGELL: KILLING THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLE MANUFACTURING JOB-CREATING LOAN PROGRAM MAKES NO SENSE

Republicans must not walk into the most important issue America faces with their eyes completely closed

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) took to the floor to defeat H. Res. 405, providing for the Consideration of H.R. 2608 during his effort to defeat the previous question after the rule on the House floor today. If defeated, Congressman Dingell was to have offered an amendment to strip language rescinding funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. This procedural tactic was last successful over twenty years ago. Below is the Congressman's floor speech as prepared:

"I thank the gentle lady for yielding. This bill is brought to you by people who know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Mr. Speaker, I am just baffled by why we are considering a measure that will cut funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program. This loan program has created or saved over 40,000 jobs so far and could create 10,000 more by year's end. For all the talk in Washington about wanting to create new jobs, killing ATVM just plain makes no sense.

"The Economic Policy Institute just released a report that my home state of Michigan has lost nearly 80,000 jobs to China since 2001. If we cripple this loan program, Michigan and the rest of the country can expect to lose even more jobs and their ability to compete globally in the 21st century. Now, I understand we are living in tough economic times and have to squeeze every penny to make sure it counts. All the same, we simply cannot afford to rob Peter to pay Paul at an enormous cost to our country's competitive future.

"It comforts me that many of my colleagues see this rascality for what it is. Over 100 of them have signed on to a letter by my friends, Gary Peters and Anna Eshoo, in opposition to gutting ATVM. I urge my colleagues to stand up for what is right by defeating the previous question and adopting my amendment, which will provide for disaster relief funding and also preserve the integrity of a critical job-creating program. Thank you for your courtesy, and I yield back the balance of my time."


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      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ye of little faith....(Ford)
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      People in glass houses should throw parties...no, ah, people in stone houses shouldn't belong to glass parties,.. dang...
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great article. I especially like the, 'oh yea, the accuser has done bad things too!' excuse. I suppose we can ignore any transgression by any politician, as long as we say, 'oh yea? Well, your guy did this!'. Great reporting...
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Looks at one post above mine. Yep.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Pointing out blatant hypocracy is hardly bad reporting. It's good to show how politicians are not fighting for what is best for their constituents but instead playing political games at our expense.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      F & F. Yes, who's brain-child was this disaster? I'm sure it didn't come out of the Democratic Party Leadership. No democratic politician would have dreamed up this catastrophe.
      EVnerdGene
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is a great example of when you don't have much ammunition, you shoot the messenger then run with your head tucked in a dark place
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      @Ezee 'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel': Samuel Johnson and so it goes,.."everyone waving signs, sayin' Hooray for my side!" (Buffalo Springfield) Actually, I don't much care for muck-raking politicians like Daryl Issa either, but it doesn't matter who denounces public corruption or incompetence, each act must be judged on evidence, not the popularity of the offender or accuser. Ford is right in his desire to 'fat check', but sometimes he forgets to do it with both sides. (I guess we're all guilty of that from time to time!)
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes, I agree. Just remember some of us who "fact check" Republican screeds have lost all faith the party knows anything or even stands for anything except Corporate Fraud.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Typo patrol: the title says "Solaraya" and the article says "Solyndra". I think the latter is correct. The Republicans cannot get Obama out of their craw... They think he is the devil incarnate, and can do nothing right. One badly managed company doesn't mean that renewable energy is not good -- they (the GOP) either think that we the people are simple minded, or they are... Neil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't Team B at Aptera a buch of incompetent money milking Republicans? Regardless, they are incompetent and are squandering the money.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      You went to Issa? Linked to Criminal Activity Issa? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp38iRxGcZk
      EVnerdGene
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well dang. Now we know why Aptera didn't get a loan. Asked a repubelikum for help, when the democraps are in control of the payola.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      But Ford's fact check was simply on others, not on this case. Again, attack the accuser. With any news story that is simply too good to be true, a fact check is always nice. Dan Rather would probably still have his job right now, had he fact checked. Rick Sanchez had to apologize to Rush Limbaugh for not fact checking (except his apology was more of a "yea, but, he said other bad things too!"), but then got fired for being anti-semetic. Always be suspicious when someone appeals to your emotions (Starve children! Old People in the streets eating Dog Food! Haliburton! Unpatriotic!) opposed to rattling off facts. Saul Alinsky and Benito Mussolini both agree - logic and reasoning can be used as tools, but with the myth, you can move mountains....
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