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Before Bashing Clean Energy As Wasteful, Rep. Forbes (R-VA) Asked Secretary Chu For BioFuel Loans

By Joe Romm on October 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

"Before Bashing Clean Energy As Wasteful, Rep. Forbes (R-VA) Asked Secretary Chu For BioFuel Loans"

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Lee Fang, in a cross-post from TP Green.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA)

Republicans have seized on the Solyndra controversy to go on a witch hunt against all clean energy programs authorized by the Department of Energy. For instance, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) has pressed for an investigation of all clean energy programs. A post on his congressional website claims such spending is “wasteful” and boasts that Forbes has voted “against every bailout and stimulus plan.”

Republicans are on a war path to defund all clean energy programs, targeting not only the loan program tapped by Solyndra but all green jobs efforts by the federal government. As Climate Progress’ Stephen Lacey has reported, Republicans are now expanding their inquisition to include killing a program that employs veterans to install solar panels.

Forbes, for instance, sent a letter to Secretary Steven Chu expressing support for International Biofuels’ application for a clean energy loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. Despite the fact Forbes voted against the funding mechanism for the loan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he requested that the Obama administration give preference to a company planning a renewable energy plant in Virginia. View a copy of the Department of Energy’s response below:


Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) requests clean energy loan from DoE View more documents from lee_fang

Earlier this month, Forbes joined his colleagues in a protest vote against Department of Energy clean energy grant programs, including a cut against the same program he requested money from.

Climate Progress reporter Stephen Lacey has chronicled other examples of GOP hypocrisy. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and David Vitter (R-LA), as well as Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Fred Upton (R-MI), and others had sought Department of Energy clean energy money in previous years. As ThinkProgress and Bloomberg reported, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), now managing an inquisition into the very idea of clean energy funding, had once sought a clean energy grant to a company with close connections to an Issa campaign donor.

– Lee Fang

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2 Responses to Before Bashing Clean Energy As Wasteful, Rep. Forbes (R-VA) Asked Secretary Chu For BioFuel Loans

  1. Paul Revere says:

    Get rid of ALL government energy subsidies.

  2. Doug says:

    Paul:
    No, no no. Gas and Oil and nuclear have had decades of exhorbitent subsidies. The industries likely would not exist with out them. It’s renewables turn. Cut oil and gas and nuclear subidies to the bone and shift the money to renewables. Another 50 years we can talk about pulling the plug on all subsidies.