Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies Nov. 17, 2011, in Washington before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's investigations panel on the department's handling of federal loans to solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies Nov. 17, 2011, in Washington before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's investigations panel on the department's handling of federal loans to solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)