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Oct 06, 2011

Hooray for the Red, White, and Green

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"We can't compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines."

-- Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in response to the failure of solar manufacturer Solyndra and along with it, the loss of a half-billion dollars in federal loan guarantees.

“I don’t buy that. I’m not going to surrender to other countries the technological leads that can end up determining whether we’re building that in this country.”

-- President Obama's riposte to Stearns, after noting the wide support on Capitol Hill for the Department of Energy’s clean-energy loan-guarantee programs. ThinkProgress Green has compiled a very long list of Republican legislators who requested clean energy grants and subsidized loans from the feds.

-- Reed McManus

Image: U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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