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.
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.