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Congressional Clean Energy Opponents Use Solyndra to Push Pro-Polluter Agenda

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

September 20, 2011  

That House Republican leadership is using the isolated example of Solyndra to argue against clean energy investments that create American jobs and help our nation compete in a global economy should come as no surprise. A closer look at the voting records of Energy & Commerce committee members who continue to attack efforts to build a clean energy economy in the wake of Solyndra’s downfall shows:

• Since 2007, the 14 Republican members of the committee plus special guest Mike Pompeo voted against clean energy 196 times out of a possible combined 215 vote

• During that same period these same members supported taxpayer handouts to Big Oil 122 times out of a possible combined 122 votes

• The 14 Republican members of the committee and Rep. Pompeo have in total accepted $11,184,096 from dirty energy interests  [Center for Responsive Politics via ThinkProgress, 9/14/11 (]

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