In his first public comment on the solar-energy scandal, President Obama said Monday he doesn’t regret promoting the solar company Solyndra as a model before the company went bankrupt and lost $535 million in taxpayer dollars.
“Hindsight is always 20/20,” Mr. Obama told “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos in an online interview. “It went through the regular review process and people felt that it was a good bet.”
Mr. Obama said there “are going to be some failures,” but he argued that the government needs to promote new energy companies so the U.S. industry can be competitive.
“If you look at the overall portfolio … overall it’s doing well,” the president said of the Energy Department’s program to accelerate loans to such companies.
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