One thing you learn in Washington, D.C., is that politics is never predictable. After a nine year career as an aide in the US Senate and over 25 years as a registered renewable energy lobbyist, I am still always amazed at the machinations and changes of course in the legislative arena. This year just typifies the mercurial nature of the legislative process.

Now is the time for everyone in this industry to pick up a pen, lift a phone, or gear up their e-mail -- because the issues at stake are huge and action needs to be taken.