Half a million in Stimulus spent upgrading a yacht

This is pretty bizarre. From the Washington Examiner:

The Port of Los Angeles spent $489,000 of a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to retrofit a city-owned yacht with "hydro-electric propulsion system," according to Issa's letter, rather than the diesel engines it already had in operation. The yacht is used to conduct tours of the port.

"This is the American people’s money that was borrowed in stimulus," said House Oversight and Government Reform Chair Darrell Issa in a local CBS broadcast. "It was supposed to create net new jobs. Could that half a million dollars have been used better? Was this really just show without substance?" . . .



Blogger drjim said...

Yeaaah....that's been a BIG topic out here lately. The Angelina II is docked at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum building, which also house the Port Police, and9 I've seen it hundreds of times, as that's where my Amateur Radio has our meetings.
And I've been on it a few times, too.
What surprised me was their explanation that the engines on it "Didn't meet emission requirements". Huh? Since when are private motor vessels subject to emission regulations? I think the whole thing was just an excuse for them to upgrade it to be "green". This was planned several years ago, and now that the economy has been in the tank, it's an easy target.

2/08/2012 10:50 PM  

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