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Rep. Darrell Issa blasts ‘stonewalling’ administration at Fisker hearing


It was just yesterday that the Department of Energy was directing its followers to an online highlight reel of the last four years under Secretary Steven Chu, but not surprisingly, there’s no mention of Solyndra or Fisker; instead, the page touts the department’s $36 billion in Recovery Act investments “to support clean energy jobs across the country.”

Yesterday was Secretary Chu’s last day at DOE. Here are some highlights from the last 4+ years:

—Energy Department (@ENERGY) April 23, 2013

Some of the people who hold those few remaining clean energy jobs testified in front of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to discuss failed electric car company Fisker’s $529 million loan from the government. Fisker, which was expected to create thousands of new jobs, laid off 75 percent of its workforce earlier this month. How, exactly, does the company expect to pay back its loan when it hasn’t built a car since last summer?

Fisker at one point told the DOE they planned to sell 250,000 karmas by 2015, including 60,000 in both 2011 and 2012 #fisker #fiskerlulz

— Michael Ballaban (@Ballaban) April 24, 2013

An Energy Department email in June 2010 warned that the company was in trouble, but Fisker continued to receive millions in taxpayer money for another year before the assembly line stopped.

Obama was warned in 2010 Fisker failed to meet requirements of $500M government loan. Kept funneling cash until 2011…

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) April 24, 2013

Dept of Energy still gave $32M to green carmaker Fisker even after co failed to meet key production targets in early 2011, says hearing docs

— Amanda Drury (@MandyCNBC) April 24, 2013

SHOCK: WH knew electric car maker Fisker was faltering: AP #tcot #tlot #p2 #Obama

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) April 24, 2013

@sistertoldjah Client of mine’s wife worked for Fisker in the accounting dept. She knew they were failing, but was told shut up or lose job

— Trouble to a ‘T’ (@MarineReconDad) April 24, 2013

Rep. Meadows: Biden is right that #Fisker is writing a new chapter in auto history. “But the chapter is Chapter 7.” #CongressionalComedyHour

— Nick Bunkley (@nickbunkley) April 24, 2013

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is not amused.

Issa spitting hot fire at DOE officials during #Fisker hearing…

— E.W. Niedermeyer (@Tweetermeyer) April 24, 2013

Oversight chairman Issa gets heated at Fisker hearing, says Obama administration stonewalls and “lies through its teeth” on multiple issues

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 24, 2013

“You are a stonewalling administration.” – Issa.

— Aaron Nathans (@anathansnewsman) April 24, 2013

Issa on Fisker: DOE cannot miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. #Fisker

— Michal Conger (@MichalConger) April 24, 2013

Rep Issa: #Fisker investors had major access to White House.

— Cause of Action (@CauseofActionDC) April 24, 2013

Fisker:“Attempts to create an artificial green economy have instead created a ‘house of cards’ economy,” Issa said when A123 went bankrupt

— Rich King (@Buckyworks) April 24, 2013

Henrik Fisker declined to answer questions after hearing; was with handler who declined to give name. “We’ll be in touch,” handler said

— David Shepardson (@davidshepardson) April 24, 2013

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