Earlier in the day, Rep. Darrell Issa's panel released a blistering report claiming Chu had "turned a blind eye to the risks" associated with many of the companies applying for the loan guarantees, putting billions of dollars in taxpayer money in jeopardy.
During the hearing, House Republicans peppered Chu with questions about a "revolving green door" of current and former Obama administration officials and campaign fundraisers who have connections to the stimulus-funded loan guarantee winners.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Chu whether his decisions had been influenced by several specific people tied to the administration, including former National Economic Council Chairman Larry Summers, who before joining the White House worked as a part-time managing director at D.E. Shaw, a New York-based investment firm that has an ownership stake in the Kahuku Wind project.
If you have forgotten, Mr. Chu was the topic of a Jimmy Fallon joke two weeks ago:
Energy secretary Steven Chu said his goal is to decrease our dependence on foreign oil but not to lower gas prices. When Chu said that, Republicans were like, 'Oh no, Chu, didn't.'"
You may need to remember his lack of concern about gas prices to really appreciate this from U.S. House Rep. Darrell Isaa's Twitter feed:
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