We are just weeks away from the U.S. mid-term elections and the political B.S.-meter is red hot. It's not surprising or unexpected -- inflammatory rhetoric, last-minute "gotcha" accusations, and TV commercial-peddled nonsense is part of the American political experience, but it drowns out a much more important issue facing our nation. If the U.S. is going to be a leader in the race for clean-tech innovation and the resulting economic rewards, it needs to act fast – and it must cross ideological boundaries.