Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Faleomavaega energy bill fraud

You have to give Faleomavaega credit for making news out of no news. Several regional outlets, including the respected Pacific Magazine, picked up his January 17 press release about the energy bill that President Bush signed on Dec. 19 last year. And it really didn't have all that much to do with American Samoa. Here is what he said:

“I am especially happy that the new law included ocean thermal energy conversion, a concept that was included in a bill I introduced in the House earlier last year, and I am thankful to Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic leadership for recognizing the importance of ocean thermal energy conversion as a potential alternative source of energy.”

Notice he didn't claim responsibility for the provision on ocean thermal conversion, only that he was happy the bill included a concept he introduced in a bill in 2006.

He goes on to express hope the governor and legislature will take advantage of the bill. What leadership! What a fraud! But once again, he got away with it.

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