News Bites: White House tried to rush Solyndra decision

Emails obtained by The Washington Post show that the White House tried to rush a decision on a $535 million Solyndra loan guarantee.

“The August 2009 e-mails, released to The Washington Post, show White House officials repeatedly asking OMB [Office of Management and Budget] reviewers when they would be able to decide on the federal loan and noting a looming press event at which they planned to announce the deal,” the Post says.

A new federal investigation into last year’s Gulf oil spill blames BP and various contractors for the disaster, according to The Wall Street Journal.

A final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could have major implications for the relationship between Canada and the United States, Greenwire reports.

Amid the controversy surrounding the Solyndra loan guarantee, the Energy Department finalized a separate $1.2 billion loan guarantee for another California solar company, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A closely watched trial set to determine the fate of a Vermont nuclear plant is almost over, The Associated Press reports.

Here’s Reuters with some Rick Perry energy news:

“Texas Governor Rick Perry has sidelined a state commissioner opposed to expanding the scope of a nuclear-waste landfill while appointing a new board to oversee a project owned by one of his biggest political donors.”