President Bill Clinton’s science and technology advisors stressed the importance of the U.S. taking the lead with innovative energy technology, a future multi-billion dollar business, because of its economic ramifications. Boone Pickens and other entrepreneurs know this and are ready to move.
As documented in a post at http://alternativeenergy.dowjones.com/, alternative energy has emerged as a key investment area for venture capitalists.
The Ford Motor Company has just released plans to deliver a fleet of new battery-powered electric cars to the United Kingdom for use in a British study.
California’s Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides up to $95,000 for hardware projects and $50,000 for modeling projects to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts.
And President Barack Obama has made cimate control one of his two signature domestic policy initiatives.
Concerns that have officially been all but ignored are seeing the light of day. Progress that has been stymied is being revitalized.
But the fact remains that today, many of us live good and comfortable lives. We drive big cars, live in temperature controlled houses, do not worry too much about the price of gasoline or our dependence on other countries for our energy supply, and generally are not obsessed about climate change. We should be.
If our leaders were told that in 10 years there was a good chance of a nuclear attack or collision with an asteroid, no effort would be spared to prevent it. We must wake them up, and wake up ourselves, to the possibility that air pollution and climate change could be just as catastrophic—Berkley Bedell and Jim Frost.