As Washington seeks to slash the federal deficit and Solyndra continues to dominate the headlines, is America's clean-energy industry facing a crisis moment?
One report released earlier this month by the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way finds that venture capital investments in clean-energy technology are, indeed, facing a "crisis." Solyndra's demise has raised concerns in both parties about the important role the government plays in developing America's clean-energy technologies. But Washington's laser-focus on cutting the federal deficit is drowning out most other concerns right now.
What's contributing to the struggles facing America's renewable-energy industries like solar and wind? What can this Congress and administration do to ensure the sectors don't face even bigger challenges in the years ahead? How do these challenges affect, if at all, the traditional fossil-fuel and nuclear-power industries?