Why Is Rep. Issa Against The Green Jobs He Used To Support?

September 21, 2011 12:25 pm ET — Brian Powell

Recently, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been on the media circuit haranguing against government green energy initiatives that he believes are "killing jobs." Issa, whose House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on "How Obama's Green Energy Agenda Is Killing Jobs," now says the federal government should not be in the business "of picking winners and losers."

But one look in the mirror and Issa will find someone who disagrees, as this position is in stark contrast to Issa's own words last year, when he wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu advocating for an Energy Department loan to an electric car manufacturer in his home district. From Bloomberg:

Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who said government subsidies to specific companies can encourage corruption, sought U.S. help in the past for clean-energy projects in his home state of California.

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote Energy Secretary Steven Chu to support an Energy Department loan for Aptera Motors Inc., a Carlsbad, California, electric-car maker, according to a letter received by the department Jan. 14, 2010.

"Awarding this opportunity to Aptera Motors will greatly assist a leading developer of electric vehicles in my district," Issa wrote in letters obtained yesterday.

Bloomberg also reported that in 2009, Issa joined 16 members of California's delegation in "sign[ing] a June 22, 2009, letter to Chu promoting battery maker Quallion LLC," which claimed that "an Energy Department clean-energy grant might create more than 2,300 jobs nationwide."

"2009-10 Issa" joins a gaggle of other Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who have sought funding for green energy initiatives despite claims by "2011 Issa" and others that such funding leads to corruption and destroy jobs.