It’s a new year: Resolutions have been made. Scheme, sweat, and save all you want to achieve your latest iteration of “new year, new you,” but one country’s lofty, long term goal will likely dwarf your ambitions.
Many in the sustainable energy space are shifting their attention from federal policy makers and toward city-level efforts. Gone for now are any realistic expectations of top-down-driven solutions. While congressional leaders attack one another, mayors, business leaders, and community organizations are working together to transform their cities. This presents an ideal setting for the advancement of technologies like solar power. The city can serve as a proving ground where such technologies take hold and grow into mature industries.
Thank you, fossil fuels. You have truly made us a great nation, driving our prosperity over 150 years, enabling advances in medicine, science, and powering the U.S. military to be the most effective fighting force the world has ever seen. Most Americans would want this to remain the case, but the military is now struggling with the increasing burden of its (and our) fossil fuel dependence, and it’s trying to make a change by addressing what top military leaders define as the greatest long-term threat to our national security.