Well, well, well.
After lambasting President Obama‘s stimulus program (which worked) and lampooning the President’s clean energy programs, thanks to the intrepid folk over at WestWingReport, we find out that Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell sought not once, but twice to get loans from the Dept. of Energy to build an electric car plant in Kentucky.
But in 2009, McConnell wrote two letters to Energy Secretary Steven Chu asking for federal loans for a plant that would build electric cars in Franklin, Ky. McConnell said the loans said could help create 4,000 jobs.
“I hope you will realize the importance of such job creation to Kentucky,” he wrote in a July 2009 letter supporting ZAP Motor Manufacturing.
How much were the loans?
$235 million dollars.
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- Senators didn’t always slam energy loan program (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Congressional Republicans Constantly Sought Clean Energy Subsidies Before Solyndra (news.firedoglake.com)