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Chu Faces Solyndra Grilling, With Green Energy Future at Stake

Chu Faces Solyndra Grilling, With Green Energy Future at Stake

Energy Secretary Steven Chu was in Hawaii on Sunday, holding forth on energy efficiency and appliance standards before President Obama and the leaders of China, Japan, and 18 other Pacific Rim countries. On Thursday, Chu will become the piñata in a pitched proxy battle over the future of clean energy development when he goes before a House subcommittee investigating the collapse of solar panel maker Solyndra . Such are the swings of fortune these days for Chu, the embattled Nobel Prize winner in the eye of the politically charged storm over Solyndra. Since the company went bankrupt two months ago, putting $535 million of taxpayer loan guarantees at risk, Solyndra has become the flashpoint for a larger debate over the role of public investment in wind, solar, and other forms of renewable energy. It has also sparked a pointed partisan fight between the White House and the Ho...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/chu-solyndra-grilling

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