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The Biggest (and Least Discussed) Lie of the Debate

There’s one assertion that has received minimal attention in the after-action coverage of the debate — and it was one of the most blatant lies of the night.

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If the clean energy industry really were suffering — not  booming like it is — then he’d be able score politically. But polls show Americans still  really, really like federal support of the sector and that messaging around the bankrupt solar company Solyndra  isn’t sticking. So, why not claim that half of companies went bankrupt? That will get people’s attention, right?

When you’ve convinced yourself of something that’s not true, it’s very easy to make your false claims as grandiose as you like.

For a review of all claims on energy during the debate, check out our  fact check from last night.

Stephen Lacey is a reporter/blogger for Climate Progress, where he writes on clean energy policy, technologies, and finance. Before joining CP, he was an editor/producer with RenewableEnergyWorld.com. He received his B.A. in journalism from Franklin Pierce University.
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