Solyndra scandal 'headache' for Obama

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Executives from a solar energy firm that went bankrupt after getting a half-billion-dollar government loan refused to testify at a congressional hearing where one politician accused them of a "heist".

The House Energy and Commerce Committee opened its hearing into solar panel firm Solyndra, whose failure has become an embarrassment for the administration of President Barack Obama and his push for "green jobs."

Solyndra president and chief executive Brian Harrison and chief financial officer William Stover refused to testify at Friday's hearing on the $535mn loan, invoking their constitutional right against self-incrimination.

As Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, the issue has become a serious political headache for Obama.