To quote Lee Fang, "ThinkProgress has. . . compiled a report showing 62 Republicans filing letters requesting money form the Department of Energy for a range of clean energy programs, from the loan subsidy program tapped by Solyndra to other related programs disbursed by the agency.

"Many of (these) lawmakers have since either taken transparently political votes to cut clean energy programs or have denounced all clean energy grants as fraudulent."

"Sen. Jeff Sessions sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu requesting a Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for the company Costkata, Inc. to establish a celluosic ethanol plant in Alabama. Sessions wrote that the plant would 'assist our nation in advancing our energy security and reducing greenhouse gases' and that renewable energy would 'reduce environmental pollutants that threaten our natural resources.'"

"Rep. Darrell Issa sent multiple letters to the Department of Energy to express support for clean energy grants to start-up energy businesses. Issa asked Secretary Steven Chu to consider expediting an application from Aptera Motors, an electric car company funded by an investor who had given multiple times to Issa's compaign."

"Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison joined Sen. David Vitter on a letter to Secretary Steven Chu requesting an expedited clean energy loan guarantee for Diamond Green Fuels to build a plant to convert animal fats and cooking oils into renewable diesels."

"Rep. Dan Lungren sent a letter to Secretary Steven Chu requesting $70 million in funding for the Oxy-Fuel System Turbine Development, a clean energy technology program."

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