Ted Turner, one of the Energy Future Coalition’s Steering Committee members, outlines his vision for rescuing the economy from its current financial crisis and the future from catasrophic climate change. An excerpt from his opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune is below, as is a link to the full article.
Invest in clean energy
Making the case for significant investments for our future
By Ted Turner
January 4, 2009
As someone who has financially invested in solar power, I have been asked a lot lately whether the country’s economic troubles will imperil our nation’s transition to cleaner, low-carbon energy sources. The assumption behind the question, of course, is that clean energy is a luxury we can no longer afford. Further, it suggests that investment in clean energy, and the technologies needed to deliver it, only makes sense when oil and gas prices are high.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it’s this misconception that for the past three decades has given us a reactive energy policy and left us more dependent on foreign oil. Moving away from dirty and inefficient power sources is utterly essential to U.S. economic competitiveness and to the security and health of the planet. It will also be the business opportunity of the 21st Century.
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