Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently defended the Solyndra loan guarantee, saying the U.S. can’t afford to “wave the white flag” in the global clean-energy race.
The White House says a House panel’s subpoena for all documents related to Solyndra is way too broad and “driven by partisan politics.”
On a party-line vote, a House committee votes to subpoena the White House for internal communications related to the Solyndra loan guarantee.
Bankrupt Solyndra’s “surplus and non-core to production assets and inventory” will be on auction Nov. 2 and 3, with bidding in person or via phone or the Web.
The Solyndra scandal becomes a lot more of a real issue as the White House orders an independent review and Congress gets ready to fire up a subpoena.
Fisker and the Department of Energy say ABC News got it wrong – loans have helped create hundreds of jobs in the United States, not Finland.
With so many companies in the solar game, this controversy may well be just a small hiccup along solar’s path to becoming a major source of America’s electricity.