Get Ready for the Solar Panels Scandal Investigation

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Sept. 2 2011 12:00 PM

Get Ready for the Solar Panels Scandal Investigation

We are a long way from the pre-election promises of green jobs and solar panels on the White House.

House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra.
The allegation surfaced in a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday night, saying he planned to accelerate efforts to understand an investment deal that may have left taxpayers out half a billion dollars.
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This plus today's suspension of the ozone rule start to validate a long-running GOP attack. The opposition has said, for years, that new regulations were onerous, and that green tech was a boondoggle, a waste of stimulus money. And we shouldn't doubt the GOP's ability to promote this.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.