Doubts raised over US Department of Energy CRO proposal

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Last year's bankruptcy of solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra became a black eye for the administration of US President Barack Obama, which had loaned the company close to half a billion dollars as part of its effort to promote "green jobs" and independence from fossil fuels. Earlier this month, the White House released a report from an independent consultant advising the US Department of Energy (DOE), which had issued the ill-fated loan, to hire a "highly experienced" chief risk officer (CRO)