Why would we automatically expect that America can win in clean energy when it’s losing in so many others? The answer is: we shouldn’t. For all the gains made in clean energy over the last few years, its future looks ominous. To say otherwise is disingenuous. Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. America losing the global clean energy race is not set in stone. The United States must triple its investments in innovation to make clean energy cheap and competitive everywhere. It must aggressively fight international green mercantilism to level the playing field. And it must implement a cohesive national manufacturing strategy that will help all manufacturing sectors not just clean energy.