This episode is part 2 of the Center for American Progress’s forum entitled “National Clean Energy Project: Building the New Economy–Wired for Progress” that was held on Monday, February 23, 2009 in Washington, DC.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; . . . . it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. . . .
— that’s from a Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
I think that quote describes the challenges we are facing. Al Gore asks: What is our generation’s purpose? And he answers: to save the habitability of the earth.
This National Clean Energy Project brought together a select group of high-level government, business, labor and advocacy group leaders focused on developing a plan and guiding principles to lead the transformation of U.S. energy policy.
The speakers continue with their discussion of transmission, the smart grid, and how climate change will affect us. Mostly they focus on energy because without energy the whole world stops. Energy efficiency was discussed a lot, and it’s considered the fifth fuel, but efficiency is a hard sell in a culture like that of a western country where energy has been so taken for granted.
Speakers in part two of this conference include Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Congressman Ed Markey, Attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., Sea Change Foundation President Nat Simons, Former Governor George Pataki (R-NY), Owens-Corning CEO Michael Thaman, American Wind Energy Association CEO Denise Bode, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, SEIU president Andy Stern and more from Boone Pickens, Al Gore and Bill Clinton.