At this point, it would have been easy for President Obama to distance himself from solar energy, wind power, algal biofuels or any other technology that's held up as proof that the government should have a hands-off strategy to clean energy.

For Republican candidates, "all-of-the-above" has mostly translated to "all-that-is-below." And we're not talking geothermal energy. For Obama, that phrase is about a begrudging realization that we remain an oil economy, but also one that would be wise to move forcefully toward new solutions that would ensure our place on the geopolitical map.