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Darrell Issa – hypocrite?

Darrell Issa

Republican Representative Darrell Issa is leading the charge in the Solyndra investigation. He is waving the flag of the free market. He has got his cliché machine churning out the old tried-and-true capitalism clichés – “government should not be choosing winners and losers in the marketplace,” “government should not play venture capitalist.” I find it interesting that he was requesting the same assistance for a different “clean energy company” in his state. So it would’ve been okay for the government to give money to the company that he wanted but not okay for the government give money to any other company.

Here’s a copy of the letter that he sent to the Department of Energy:

Dear Mr. Secretary:
I write to express my support of Aptera Motors’ application for a loan under the Department of Energy’s 136 Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program (ATVMIP). Funding will allow Aptera to establish U.S. manufacturing facilities for the commercial production of its plug-in and hybrid electric cars. Aptera Motors plans to purchase and equip manufacturing facilities to begin commercial scale production of its energy efficient electric vehicles. Awarding this opportunity to Aptera Motors will greatly assist a leading developer of electric vehicles in my district.
Electric vehicle initiatives like Aptera’s will aid U.S long-term energy goals by shifting away from fossil fuels and using viable renewable energy sources like plug-in electric energy. Additionally, Aptera’s vehicles will reduce dependence on foreign oil and enhance energy security.Aptera’s project will also promote domestic job creation throughout California as well as in other states.
Unlike many other electric vehicles, Aptera’s energy efficient electric vehicles have a range of over 100 miles per charge and the possibility to become one of the most energy efficient vehicles in the world. A loan to Aptera will help accelerate the move from gasoline-powered vehicles to cleaner electric vehicles.
I urge you to give Aptera Motors’ Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program funding application full consideration. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or my Press Assistant, XXXXX.
Darrell Issa
Member of Congress.

I find it interesting that, on one hand, Representative Issa things that the government should not be in the venture capital business, but on the other hand he’s happened to ask for money for his own district. Now, I’m not going to talk too much about the fact that there seems to be some campaign donations which may have prompted this outstanding representative to write the letter to the Department of Energy. I will say that this is not the first time that this Republican representative has pushed for green energy in his district. There seems to be a battery plant making renewable lithium ion batteries which he thought would be an excellent investment for the Department of Energy.

This is simply more evidence that Republicans will argue against anything that President Obama and his administration supports.

By |2011-10-10T14:26:33-04:00October 10th, 2011|Energy, Party Politics|Comments Off on Darrell Issa – hypocrite?

Just a couple of things (updated)

  • I have been playing some golf with a couple days that I have off. I’m waiting for my teacher, a Jedi, to show up and tell me to concentrate and that might help my golf ball stay in the fairway. 🙂
  • Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer took a branding iron with the letters VETO imprinted on to a stack of Republican legislation. These bills would have rolled back clean energy and capped award damages from auto crashes. Good for him.
  • New polls states that Americans reject Ryan’s plan for killing Medicare. We have to be careful. We completely lost the debate on Healthcare was we allowed the insurance companies to flood Americans with false information.
  • High wind and hail in the DFW area. Same storm system kills 6.
  • I’m not sure that we need MRI’s on the battlefield.
  • Conservative David Prosser wins the Supreme Court seat in Wisconsin by over 7,000 votes. Odd how votes just turned up. Human error?
  • Obama’s budget plan labelled as risky by Robert Reich. I agree.
  • Three large poker web sites are shut down by the Feds.
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (presidential hopeful) is having a difficult time with the facts. Hey, Tim, public sector jobs are down and private sector jobs are up. Just read. It’s really not that hard to get this right.
  • The House passes the GOP budget plan without a single Democratic vote. Now, the Senate needs to reject this stinking pile of garbage.
  • Moammar Gadhafi uses cluster bombs against his own people.
  • Massachusetts is looking at new ways to attack raising healthcare costs. They current approach isn’t working, which is exactly what I said two years ago.

So what stories are you following? What’s on your mind?

By |2011-04-15T11:34:49-04:00April 15th, 2011|Domestic Issues, Environment, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Just a couple of things (updated)

Let’s crank it up on climate change

Progressives really try to get along. It is in our nature. It is time that we quit smiling and get serious about our planet.

From ClimateProgress:

Some of the best pollsters have known for years that progressives can and should talk about climate change  (see Mark Mellman on climate messaging: “A strong public consensus has emerged on the reality and severity of global warming, as well as on the need for federal action” [5/09]).  Mellman calls the polling that suggests one shouldn’t talk about global warming, a “politically naïve, methodologically flawed and factually inaccurate.”

Sure, if you talk about any subject in a clumsy fashion you will turn people off — just look at how Obama and major progressive politicians managed to turn a winning political issue, health care reform, into an unpopular one! [see “Can Obama deliver health and energy security with a half (assed) message?“]

Much of the climate language that gets tested is truly lame.  But the fact that poor messaging fails is not an argument for not doing messaging on the subject at all!

Science-based (dire) warnings are an essential part of good climate messaging — along with a clear explanation of the myriad clean energy solutions available today and the multiple benefits those solutions that deliver,  including  millions of jobs,  energy security, competitiveness, and especially clean air and improved public health.  Recent research supports that view (even though many in the media misreported the story).

Ironically, many people think the failure of the climate bill proves that talking about climate change doesn’t work — because they don’t realize that the messaging campaign built around the climate bill was based on not talking about climate change! Those still confused on that matter should read “Can you solve global warming without talking about global warming?

Nearly $200 million was spent by enviornmental, progressive, and business groups in 2009 and 2010 to sell a climate bill.  The vast majority (but not all) of that messaging was built around ignoring the climate message and instead talking about clean energy jobs, energy security, and the threat from China.  Worse, the progressive political leadership (again with exceptions, such as Sen. John Kerry) also generally either refused to talk about climate change or they seriously downplayed the subject.  That includes, most importantly, President Obama and the entire White House communications team [see “The unbearable lameness of being (Rahm and Axelrod)“].

Even worse, as I’ve reported before, multiple sources confirm that the WH comms team shut down an effort by the office of the president’s science adviser,  John Hodren, to mount a strong defense of climate science after the Climategate emails were hacked in late 2009.  So not only was the WH –  the preeminent bully pulpit in American politics — failing to deliver a clear, positive message on climate science, they weren’t even responding to a strong, negative message by the disinformers.  That’s a lose-lose strategy.  As they say, you can’t beat a horse with no horse.  Is it any wonder that they had trouble mustering moderate Senate Democrats to support a climate bill last or to defend EPA’s  ability to regulate greenhouse gases this year?

As Ezra Klein wrote last June after Obama’s failed post-BP-disaster speech:

To expand a bit on a point I made on Rachel Maddow’s show, I’m just not sure how you do a response to climate change if you can’t really say the words “climate change.” And that’s where we are right now: The actual problem we’re trying to solve is politically, if not scientifically, controversial. And so politicians, rather than continuing to try to convince the American people that we need to do something about it, have started talking about more popular policies that are related to solving climate change. You see this in Lindsey Graham’s effort to argue for carbon-pricing from a place of purported climate-change skepticism. You see it in pollster Joel Benenson’s memo that tries to persuade legislators to vote for a climate bill without ever using those words. And you saw it in Barack Obama’s speech last night, which was all about clean energy and grand challenges.

I have spent as much time as anybody reading all of the polling and messaging memos, and talking to leading experts in communications.  This is certainly a complicated subject and nobody has figured out the best winning message –  probably because there is no one-size-fits-all message,  particularly in the face of  the most well-funded and sophisticated disinformation campaign in human history. That disinformation campaign complicates all messaging — and all message testing — since it is so pervasive and well-designed.

Because  of the importance of this topic and its complexity, and because I continue to hear otherwise highly informed people get this so wrong — including the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger — I will be doing more posts on it. (more…)

By |2011-04-04T07:00:44-04:00April 4th, 2011|Environment|2 Comments
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