Solyndra faux-scandal puts clean energy on the defensive

Solyndra building.Right-wingers have spent months trying to dig up some criminal or ethical wrongdoing surrounding the Energy Department’s $535 million loan guarantee to now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra, to no avail. But the mainstream media has played right along with conservatives’ talking points, whipping the incident into a faux-scandal that has unfairly cast renewable-energy investment and even just renewables in a bad light.