10 Oct '11, 4pm

Fake scalp, fake scandal: DOE official didn’t resign ‘over Solyndra’

Fake scalp, fake scandal: DOE official didn’t resign ‘over Solyndra’

Yes, he's leaving -- but not because of Solyndra. Last Thursday, Politico blasted out the kind of grabby headline that has helped it dominate insider political media: "Silver resigns over Solyndra loan." Scandal! An administration in crisis! Dems in disarray! It was tailor-made to win the morning. But it was fiction. The story itself offered no evidence that the resignation of Jonathan Silver, the director of the Energy Department's loan office, was related to the Solyndra affair. Indeed, the available evidence points the other way. Silver was brought on by DOE after the Solyndra loan had received final approval. When it became clear there would be no more funding for the Section 1705 loan-guarantee program , Silver told Energy Secretary Steven Chu he'd be leaving around Sept. 30, when the program expired. That was back in July. By all accounts, Silver transformed the loan...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-10-10-fake-scalp-from-...

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