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Report: Vitter sought DOE loans
|Contributor||Brandonius Maximus |
|Last Edited||Brandonius Maximus Sep 19, 2011 09:42am|
|Author||TIM MAK |
|News Date||Monday, September 19, 2011 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) was for it before he was against it. |
Vitter charged last week that the Obama administration was “reckless” and engaged in “crony capitalism” for its role in awarding subsidies to “green” energy projects, including a large loan to a now-bankrupt solar manufacturing firm, Solyndra.
But Vitter wrote to the Department of Energy at least seven times since 2009 to seek money for energy projects that would benefit his state, a new Associated Press report says.
One of the projects Vitter supported, a company that has developed a method to reduce pollution at coal-burning power plants, has received preliminary approval for a $245 million loan guarantee.
“I understand the importance of accessing the domestic energy resources we have, like coal, in an environmentally conscious manner,” Vitter wrote in a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu in April 2009.
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