Environmental protection, green technology, and solar energy. These are all incredibly important themes – ones that should inspire us and encourage us to collaborate in building a better future. But this election cycle? On the good days, "solar energy" receives only passing mention. A stump speech here. A tweet there. But on the bad days, it's actually turned into a dirty word. In fact, a sizeable portion of the country and its leaders believe that climate change is a hoax and solar projects like Solyndra represent what is wrong with America. •Forget the data. •Forget the erratic weather and droughts. •Forget the fact that solar energy represents one of the few industries adding new jobs at a time when America badly needs an economic boost. •Forget the National Academy of Sciences' assertion that, "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems." For many, the entire green movement is a solution looking for a problem.

Forget the National Academy of Sciences' assertion that, "Climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for — and in many cases is already affecting — a broad range of human and natural systems."