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Jerry McNerney two-faced on green energy: says one thing, votes differently

Original post made by jimf01, another community, on Sep 21, 2012

McNerney is suddenly running away from the issue that defined his candidacy and his entire record in Congress -- the advocacy of green energy, its supposedly endless economic potential, and the need for costly government incentives to promote its development.

Despite his ostensibly dogged commitment to green energy, Jerry McNerney was one of only two California Democrats who voted last week for the No More Solyndras Act in the House of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 6213, calls for a complete end to clean energy loan guarantees.
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McNerney's vote is more transparent than Solyndra's discarded solar tubes (which now feature in a Berkeley art installation). It was a flip-flop designed to help McNerney survive an increasingly difficult re-election campaign. This is the same Jerry McNerney who supported loan guarantees for Solyndra, the now-bankrupt recipient of $535 million in US government-backed loans -- the same McNerney who pocketed a $2,400 campaign contribution from Solyndra's lead investor.

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In a recent interview, McNerney defended government loan guarantees even in the face of Solyndra's bankruptcy. "It's not a good argument to say that the failure of one company is an indication that the whole industry has a problem," he said. "I think it's reasonable that renewable resources companies can look to the government for help both in research and in incentives."

"I think there is a need for loan guarantees," McNerney said in the interview, designed to promote his book, Clean Energy Nation.

Seems like McNerney's true "signature issue" is saving his political career.

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Posted by None of the Above
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

OMG!!!

A Democrat voted against a Republican-backed bill!!!

Stop the presses! Call CNN/Fox/MSNBC!!!

Could it be private sector businesses are responsible for (OMG again) misleading the government and the public about their solvency?


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Posted by Surprised...
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I am shocked a politician would say one thing and do another... keep giving them more power and money... it only makes sense

"Politicians are a set of men who have interests aside from the interests of the people and who, to say the most of them, are, taken as a mass, at least one long step removed from honest men." - Abraham Lincoln

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." -
Ronald Reagan

"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation." - James Freeman Clarke


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Posted by Doris (Steve's Wife)
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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Posted by Face Checker
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 22, 2012 at 5:52 am

Can we all please note that the original comment was posted by Jim Fisfis, a consultant on payroll for Ricky Gill? Additionally, his comment is copied from a Gill press release/spin of the truth?

In this political climate, please check where you're getting your facts from.


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Posted by Hobo
a resident of Parkside
on Sep 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

And where you are getting your faces from! Face checker, indeed! Jimfol? I see a stockton record story and congressional record with the same info.

Jerry McNerney sent you here, didn't he?


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Posted by Mark Metzler
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm

**Can we all please note that the original comment was posted by Jim Fisfis, a consultant on payroll for Ricky Gill?**

This is the most important point. This article is low-grade smear piece ... with no information content. The people of this district deserve better!!

In recent years...the Republicans have become known for spending millons of dollars...and blanketing the airwaves with disgusting, negative advertising...that serves no purpose but to make everyone want to give up paying attention.....and not vote.

But we have important issues to discuss. Jerry McNerney has done an exemplary job with his competence, integrity and accomplishments, for this district, and deserves to be re-elected.