1. Heads Roll

    Official Resigns Over Solyndra

    Jonathan Silver, executive director of the Department of Energy Loans Programs Office, left, and Jeffrey Zients, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testify during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Solyndra LLC in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. President Barack Obama's aides pressured White House budget officials to complete a review of a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee to Solyndra LLC, a solar-panel maker that has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to a House committee report based on e-mails and other documents.

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    The Solyndra debacle has claimed its first victim. The head of the Energy Department’s loan-guarantee program has decided to step down. Jonathan Silver had taken heat for the approval of a loan guarantee for the troubled solar company Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy Aug. 31. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee, had called for Silver to resign. But Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Silver had already planned to leave at the end of the fiscal year. “Because of my absolute confidence in Jonathan and the outstanding work he has done, I would welcome his continued service at the department, but I completely understand the decision he has made,” Chu said.

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