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  • Citing Solyndra, House GOP Whip Says Steven Chu Should Be Replaced

    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Friday said Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s lack of knowledge about the problems plaguing now-bankrupt Solyndra demonstrates poor management skills that preclude him from being an effective Cabinet-level official.

    “I would look to have somebody else manage” the Department of Energy, McCarthy said on a Friday conference call. “Things were going on that he did not know about,” he added. “That’s not the way you should be managing.”

    Those comments echo remarks by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s lead investigator. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) said Thursday that Chu should be replaced.

    “I think the secretary is unaware of so many things that have happened that would question his financial ability and his management of very complex corporations,” Stearns said. “He probably should be replaced by the president,” he added.

    Chu spent five hours before Energy and Commerce’s investigative subcommittee Thursday, where he defended the government’s $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, and denied any political favoritism in awarding it.

    Chu pleaded ignorance on a number of questions, repeatedly saying that he had been unaware of major developments in the Solyndra scandal. He answered “I don’t know” to numerous questions from the committee, prompting aggravated replies from a number of members, including Stearns, who noted with exasperation, “Throughout all of this, you seem to have an unawareness.”

    Stearns reiterated his concerns in an interview with Heritage on Friday. “Either [Chu] didn’t know what he was talking about, or he didn’t tell the truth,” Stearns said. “I’m hoping that the rest of our leadership will understand the sobering facts here,” he added.

    While members of Congress have focused most of their criticism on Chu, they’ve missed an opportunity to highlight the underlying problems with the government’s loan-guarantee program, said Nick Loris, an energy policy analyst at Heritage. Loris outlined those problems in a recent report:

    American taxpayers cannot afford these programs, and they would put taxpayers on the hook for an untold number of projects that could fail. Even if the selected projects succeed, such programs give preferential treatment to those companies lucky enough to receive a loan guarantee from the government and increase the opportunity for and likelihood of fraud and corruption. The government needs to stop trying to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.

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    3 Responses to Citing Solyndra, House GOP Whip Says Steven Chu Should Be Replaced

    1. Stirling says:

      Chu will probably be "thrown under the bus" like all the other obama lemings that become a problem when confronted with the decipt and corruption.. Amazing how the truth makes these rats scatter. The incompatace of this admistration has been mind-numbing in every part of the personel decisions they have chosed. Abolishing Chu's department would be a fine start to make politicans accountable, and realize they cant flush taxpayer monies down the toilet.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Mr. Chu (with many others) is beneath the qualifications necessary to serve America. Chu is said to be a reputable scientist? I beg to differ! he has shown to work with poor or no judgment with the lacking of logical sense. Extreme incompetence and severe insubordination is unjustified in any position serving America. Not only should he and all accountable be replaced or rather removed permanently to reduce OUR COSTS, they should have to give up all pay and put towards the loss that Mr. Chu is so sad his decisions caused the American tax payers to sacrifice needlessly.

    3. sylvia says:

      Dealing with the enormous amount of corruption in Obamas administration seems to be happening at a snails pace; however, I'm thankful that it is being done and I pray that the investigations continue relentlessly until every last corrupt deed by this administration is uncovered. I hope someone is keeping a running taly of all of them and will display them somehow for ALL Americans to see. I want every lie, gaff, impropriety, appearance of impropriety, partisanship, cronyism, legal and illegal misdealings, and UNCONSTITUTIONAL maneuvers by Obama AND his administration for all to see!!!! Obviously, this would have to be a movie-length endeavor or multi-part commercial series – but I hope and pray that someone can make this happen. Too many people are not seeing the truth! And, if Obama wins next year…this Country is screwed!

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