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Energy Secretary Steven Chu Responds to 'Onion' Joke About Sex with Solar Panel

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(WASHINGTON) -- Those silly politicians.  Turns out, they can take a joke.

First, Vice President Joe Biden -- or at least his Twitter caddy --  tweeted at The Onion in response to its autobiography in which he drove a Trans Am.

“#imavetguy,” was the tweet last month from @VP along with a picture of Biden next to a classic red Corvette.

Now, outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu has responded to an Onion parody in which he is portrayed (in a doctored photo) as waking up hung over, next to a solar panel.

Thursday, Chu responded on Facebook by neither confirming nor denying the charge, but clarifying that love for solar panels is O.K.

“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as energy secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

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