President Obama’s stimulus bill passed in the House today, with members voting largely along party lines. (Not a single “Yea” vote from Republicans? Really? It’s a good thing we compromised on those tax cuts and cut family planning out altogether, then, eh? It really helped wrangle all those … zero votes.) So it seems we’ve staved off economic collapse, at least for a while. A good first step.
The next stimulus, says ClimateSolve’s Mindy Lubber, should be a massive green energy investment that would upgrade the efficiency of our power lines and spur the development of home-grown innovations like next-generation thin-film solar technologies.
Meredith doesn’t split hairs in her advice to U.S. CEOs and policy-makers: Stop whining about losing jobs to Asia and concentrate on restoring America’s competitiveness with new technologies that will spur new industries and jobs.
The economic stimulus legislation being debated in Congress is a golden opportunity to put Meredith’s words into action, especially in staking out America’s leadership in driving energy efficiency and the emerging clean energy global economy.
The United States’ response to date on this mega business opportunity would have guaranteed us being voted off the show Survivor. We lag embarrassingly in our inefficient use of energy, even compared to developing countries. The world’s four largest solar manufacturers are in China, Japan and England. Virtually all of the leading wind turbine manufacturers are in Asia and Europe.
“They’re surging ahead of us, poised to take the lead in these new industries,” then-President-elect Obama said earlier this month during a tour of a wind turbine plant in Ohio, outlining Europe and Asia’s current advantage over the U.S. in clean energy innovation and job creation.
A green stimulus bill that spurs innovation in energy efficiency, renewable energy and achieving a smart grid will help America get its swagger back.
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