Rooting For Failure: Republicans Bash Green Jobs, Clean Energy

Why do politicians like Darrell Issa seem to want clean energy to fail?

Republicans have bullied the clean energy industry for months, pointing to flimsy evidence for why the government should slash funding for the industry, even as Big Oil subsidies continue.

On the heels of passing legislation that slashes clean energy funding 13 times, House Republicans are fulfilling the oil and coal industry’s wish list with next week’s Domestic Energy Production Act.

Although clean energy creates hundreds of thousands of better paying jobs, Republicans looking to gain ground in an election year have disparaged these jobs as less valuable. Mitt Romney’s former economic adviser said as much: “I am buying that they’re rooting against the economy somewhat because they think that the short-term pain of, you know, the next four months is much better than having additional four years of pain under Obama.”

Republicans have made green jobs a political target, at the behest of their oil and coal allies:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the 1603 tax credit reimbursement program is a “Solyndra-style stimulus program.” This program has created thousands of jobs, 5,000 projects, and helped the industry grow during tough times. “Listen, the American people continue to ask the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ They deserve answers, and they deserve the truth.”

House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa called green jobs “propaganda” in a recent staff report. Issa also recently released a video making fun of the BLS’s broad definition for green jobs, calling them “groovy.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH): “This is the no-more-Solyndras amendment,” speaking on his amendment that would ban a loan guarantee program for renewables, even though the program itself has expired.

Jordan labelled green investments wasted dollars: “The president said that we will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And he promised that our country would create millions of green jobs which would help us compete in the global economy. Over three years into this gamble, available evidence demonstrates these efforts have wasted vast sums of taxpayer money and have failed to achieve the stated goals.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) at a Feb. 19 news conference: “There’s a fundamental difference in approach. And this is the challenge that faces us. The reason our economy is stagnant is because we haven’t let the free market work. The government keeps getting in the way. Now is the time to pick the Keystone economy over the Solyndra economy, to pick the American people over big government and to pick prosperity over stagnation.”

Mitt Romney: [Obama] said he was going to create some 5 million green energy jobs.  Have you seen those around here anywhere?  No, as a matter of fact he’s gone after energy.

Romney says the Chevy Volt, is an “idea whose time has not come,” saying, “I’m not sure America was ready for the Chevy Volt.”

While Republicans call for a “free energy market” devoid of subsidies to clean energy, they continue to support hundred-year-old subsidies for oil and coal. Though the House GOP prefer to point to failures, clean energy is seeing historic levels of investment — reaching $257 billion worldwide — helped by public-private investments in the industry.

5 Responses to Rooting For Failure: Republicans Bash Green Jobs, Clean Energy

  1. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Might I proffer the observation, that the USA is heading for a fall, and China is now humanity’s ‘last, best, hope’. Why? Because your system now, (having been entirely corrupted by money power), almost exclusively produces the likes of Mssrs Issa and Boehner, and various other nutters, prevaricators, senile delinquents, wastrels, mountebanks and carpet-baggers. From this ‘crooked timber of humanity’ you’re not going to build any ‘shining cities’ on any hills.
    The Chinese, on the other hand, have fashioned a system that owes much to their hundreds of years of history of running a meritocratic bureaucratic system. The Chinese don’t exult the individual over the collective, which in the USA and the other serf-states suffering under neo-liberal capitalism means only those individuals in the 1% need apply-the rest are ‘free’ to scrabble about for scraps. The Chinese promote their leaders on the basis of talent and experience at steadily more onerous leels of responsibility. In capitalist ‘democracies’, propaganda, image, character assassination, bribes, inducements and appeals to bigotry, plus a huge heap of moolah, could get a Ted Bundy elected, because he was good-looking, charming and determined. To find a cure for the terminal decline of the West you need to look at root causes, and love of money is the root of all evil.

  2. ToddInNorway says:

    Chevy Volt is now outselling the Chevy Corvette. 1st year Volt sales are ahead of 1st year Prius sales. This is actually looking good, so just wait when Volt prices start to fall with increasing volume and incremental improvements.

    Honestly the politicians on the black list above need to be called directly what they are-oil industry prostitutes and whores. The sooner the oil industry returns to its much-deserved reputation of being an obsolete, dangerous, polluting relic of our past (which it was in the 1980s), the better, and we can single out the politicians who are in their pockets. How can they possibly escape from this?

  3. SecularAnimist says:

    Rebecca Leber: “… pointing to flimsy evidence …”

    With all due respect, the Republicans are not “pointing to flimsy evidence”.

    The Republicans are LYING. Blatantly. Deliberately. Repeatedly. LYING.

    The Republicans are LYING about solar and wind energy and about efficiency and about green jobs and about electric vehicles because they are PAID TO LIE by the fossil fuel corporations.

    The Republicans are LYING FOR MONEY. It really is as simple as that.

    Look at each and every one of the quotes from Republican politicians listed in this article, and you will see that each one of them is, simply and plainly, A LIE. A blatant, outright LIE.

    And yet, oddly, the word “lie” appears nowhere in this article. Instead, the Republicans’ blatant, deliberate, malicious, cynical, corrupt LIES are dignified with a polite euphemism about “pointing to flimsy evidence”.

    Why is that?

  4. Chris Winter says:

    “House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa called green jobs ‘propaganda’ in a recent staff report. Issa also recently released a video making fun of the BLS’s broad definition for green jobs,”

    BLS categorization aside, those green jobs are still jobs. Of course Issa omits the better class of green jobs. From this we see that picking cherries is not a green job.

    “[and] calling them ‘groovy.'”

    Green jobs are groovy. Darrell Issa, however, is just in a rut.

  5. Omega Centauri says:

    Its also pure partisanship. Clean energy and conservation are considered to be liberal issues. Anything to hurt those who aren’t on our side, and this certainly pisses liberals off.