In what is likely to be a major campaign issue, solar energy occupied a critical part of the State of the Union Address. In a not too subtle reference to Solyndra and that "some companies fail," President Obama boldly defended his record and indicated that he was not going to "walk away" from solar energy. As pointed out by CNN, "For the third year in a row energy played a central role in President Obama's State of the Union address, with the president leaning hard this year on the twin themes of increased domestic oil and gas production and the need to invest more in renewable sources."

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