Andrew Revkin, who runs New York Times Dot Earth and formerly served as the lead NYT environment/energy reporter, has a new post, “America’s Energy Challenge, and Opportunity,” asking what people would say to President Obama about energy if he were to launch a national energy listening tour with his State of the Union tomorrow:
“As I asked on Sunday, if he does this, and the Obama Energy Road Show came to your town, what would you say? Below, you can read “Obama moment” statements on energy from industry representatives to climate campaigners, scientists to investors… When President John F. Kennedy announced plans to send men to the Moon, it was not because people were marching with signs demanding a space race. There were a host of reasons – strategic, economic, military, visionary and more. Kennedy wove them into a comprehensive, challenging and extraordinarily productive technological journey.”
He invited several scientists, advocates, and pundits to kick off the discussion with a few sentences, including Bill McKibben, Nathan Lewis, Andrew Karsner, Roger Pielke, Marty Hoffert, Paul Hawken, and others, and it’s worth reading their thoughts. He posted my contribution here alongside theirs, where I spoke to the “new Sputnik moment” the president is declaring:
“Teryn Norris, president of Americans for Energy Leadership (http://www.leadenergy.org), e-mailed this note:
President Obama is telling my generation loud and clear: America faces a new Sputnik moment, and the investments we make today — especially in energy — will profoundly influence our prosperity and security in the 21st century. As he declared in 2009, this is “the single most important challenge of their generation — the need to develop cheap, abundant, clean energy and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.”
We hear you, Mr. President, and our generation is ready to lead the global energy revolution. But just as the Sputnik generation needed robust federal support to succeed, today our generation needs a bold federal commitment to energy innovation and education. We need you to fight for your unfulfilled campaign promise to invest at least $150 billion in clean energy technology to unleash the nation’s innovative capacity and empower a new generation of scientists and engineers. This vision can reinvigorate the American people and reinspire the youth base to fight for your reelection next year — and ultimately make you a great American president.”
What would you say with an “elevator pitch” moment with President Obama on energy? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section of the post, and feel free to re-post it here if you’d like.