WATCH: Darrell Issa Drops The Hammer On Biden's Energy Secretary Over Attacks On Home AppliancesSep 18, 2023
Mr. Isa, you are recognized for five minutes, thank you, Mr. President, Madam Secretary, these are never easy hearings and I appreciate you being here and answering so many important questions. Mine is typical of my history and supervision. As you know. When he was going through confirmation, he agreed and was given special privileges to eliminate any conflict of interest in the stock. He did not do so in a timely manner and, as a result, it was reported that 240,520 shares of Proterra were still in his hands until he was questioned. by the press and then you sold them is that correct, no, I, when did you sell them?
I saw that I sold them three months after taking office, eh, I said I signed and who did you sell them to? I have no idea who is who. I bought them if they were sold in a public market or a private market. They are in a private market but they are run by a separate entity, so I don't know who they went to, but I can tell you that I signed an ethics agreement when I assumed that I had to divest those shares and resign from the board of directors, which I did even before I took over within six months and I sold them within three months, okay, just a quick follow-up for the record that this was under the exclusion law, so not the 1.6 million that you reported that you won are not taxable at this time, that is correct.
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I think we just paid a significant amount. I have to get if you can answer that for the record. It is not the policy of this committee that I normally show images, but I will do so briefly just for a second because I think the visual is worth it for you. These are some of the
appliancesthat GE says bring good things to life, including window air conditioners, washing machines. incandescent light bulbs ceiling fans and automatic washing machines the question I have for you and I'm not going to go into detail because we don't usually use them here but just a few minutes ago you talked about the stifling temperature of 100 degrees and the effect It has to do with children trying to get a education and yet your department is calling for the elimination of these products, not for a higher efficiency standard but for elimination.
Can you explain why you are asking for these products to be removed, sir? causing any project to be removed, we are not requesting any product to be removed. I'm not sure what you're talking about, well the products that are listed as being removed let me make sure. I understand well, I apologize if you have missed the reports from the last few days about the phasing out or elimination of ceiling fans etc., you don't know anything about this, what we do is bring efficiency to products that we Never request removal of the product, but if your request for efficiency exceeds current technology, then they are gone, let me ask you a follow-up question that I think is undeniable.
These are all the
appliancesyou have requested. -The Electric Society and I appreciate the objectives that have historically arisen with both you and the EPA trying to increase efficiency, but when all is said and done, why is it estimated that your objectives are to eliminate these products completely? I understand the incandescent light bulb. I'll put that aside, but ceiling fans don't have, you know, their motors spin and blow, they're not likely to meet the standards that you've said and I'm sure you're aware. Not this, sir, they are going to easily meet the standards, in fact, this morning or yesterday, American appliance manufacturers reached an agreement with Energy Efficiency Advocates on six of the same products that you have, which means that the manufacturers They believe they can achieve it. efficiency standards and that's happening, it's saving people money, I mean, it reduces costs for everyday citizens if they don't have to spend as much money on their electric bill because their appliances are Madam Secretary, could I interrupt just to say it reduces
energyconsumption and I appreciate that, it doesn't always reduce costs as you know many products actually cost more to operate due to their technical nature so you save money on
energy, you spend money on maintenance, you don't and capital.
They cost well. I respectfully disagree with that, actually the life cycle of these products when you add energy efficient technologies means that it is much cheaper for people to own and operate them. Thank you, I yield.
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