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House Republicans took another crack Wednesday at reining in federal regulators, passing a measure that would transfer significant rule-making authority from the White House to Congress.
"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run."
House Republicans accused the White House Thursday of blocking the release of documents on the failed half-billion loan to solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, the California company once hailed as a darling of the stimulus program.
The top GOP aide to a House committee investigating Solyndra Inc. once worked for a lobbying firm that helped the now-bankrupt solar-panel company apply for a half-billion-dollar federal loan.
Within four weeks, it will be a crime to manufacture a 100-watt version of Thomas A. Edison's brilliant invention. Thanks to a Democratic Congress and the signature of President George W. Bush in 2007, anti-industrial zealots at the Energy Department received authority to blot out one of the greatest achievements of the industrial age. They're coming for our light bulbs.
Bill Clinton famously said, "The era of big government is over." Well, it didn't work out that way. But something truly remarkable is happening in our national conversation about energy subsidies: outrage, mounting opposition and, we hope, a swift end. This would be great news for taxpayers and consumers.
If only the administration's Solyndra scandal were a garden-variety case of crony-capitalist payback to political supporters. It's much worse, as President Obama's energy policy is fixated on solving the supposed global-warming crisis, regardless of the economic cost.
Two issues confronting America are jobs and foreign wars. An effective energy policy is the best way to make significant progress on both fronts.
Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu denied playing politics in his handling of a failed half-billion-dollar loan to solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, days after newly released emails showed his department sought to delay bad news about the company until after the 2010 mid-term elections.