Environment

Federico Pena, Obama surrogate, defends Abound Solar, federal loans

In Colorado, a state that will play an important role in today's presidential election, Barack Obama has battled negative press regarding Abound Solar, a Loveland solar-panel company that went bankrupt this summer despite federal support. It's become a talking point against the president, but Federico Peña, a top Obama surrogate in Colorado who also happens to be a former U.S. Secretary of Energy, calls the criticisms political noise.