Was Solyndra a "Clean Energy" Boondoggle?

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As "Occupy" protesters filled streets in New York, Los Angeles and other cities, Congress was bearing down on the federally guaranteed loan to Solyndra. At a Congressional hearing, House Republicans interrogated Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, about the half-billion federal dollars spent on the solar-panel company before it collapsed. Solyndra, a California maker of high-tech solar panels, was personally endorsed by President Obama and Vice President Biden. It received a half-billion dollar federally guaranteed loan from Chu's department before going bankrupt and firing all of its 1100 employees. Did a billionaire fundraiser have undue influence with the Obama Administration?  Is it a bad idea for government to pick winners? Are Republicans hypocritical to attack Solyndra when they've asked federal support for similar projects in their own Congressional districts? 

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Guests:
Steven Mufson - Washington Post - @StevenMufson, Daniel Stone - Newsweek - @danstone1, Steve Ellis - Taxpayers for Common Sense, Nancy Pfund - DBL Investors

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Karen Radziner, Caitlin Shamberg