Vice President Joe Biden visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
in Golden, Colorado, Friday to announce that Boulder-based U.S. e-Chromic won the first "America’s Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge. Biden used the occasion to lay groundwork for the 2012 election, answering critics on the right who paint government as the enemy of free enterprise and who cast the Obama administration as insufficiently enthused over U.S. achievements or exceptionalism
. Biden celebrated the long record of U.S. entrepreneurial success and argued that the relationship between government and industry in America has been vital in making the country a juggernaut of capitalist productivity and a model for countries around the world.