Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the billionaire oil executive Koch brothers, is spending $6 million on a television ad attacking the Obama administration’s perceived relationship with clean-energy manufacturer Solyndra.
“Solyndra investors raise campaign money for Obama … the government gives Solyndra a half billion in taxpayer money,” the advertisement says. “Politics as usual.”
This type of baseless attack is nothing new for the Koch brothers. But it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. As ABC News put it, “The ad contains claims that are not tethered to facts.” The truth is that Solyndra received funding through a Department of Energy program created under George W. Bush’s administration, and President Obama has made historic progress on clean energy.
He’s also set the strongest possible ethical standards to reduce the influence of special interests in Washington. Here’s the proof:
Our clean economy sector is responsible for 2.7 million jobs across a variety of industries, and the Brookings Institution says the industry is “expanding rapidly.”
Recovery Act investments supported 224,500 clean energy jobs.
In 2010, American dependence on foreign oil dropped below 50 percent for the first time since 1997, domestic crude oil production reached its highest level since 2003, and natural gas production is now at its highest level in more than 30 years.
President Obama has proposed a goal of generating 80 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2035.
Reform groups praised President Obama “for the unprecedented steps he has taken during the first hundred days of his administration to strengthen ethics, lobbying and transparency rules for the Executive Branch.”
Obama for America has released a new video challenging the lies of conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity and highlighting the President’s record on green energy. Watch it here.
The Koch brothers’ misleading attacks on the White House try to tear down the President while ignoring the facts. Fighting against investments in clean energy, these big oil corporate interests are determined to protect tax breaks for their industry that the President wants to end.