At our GreenHomes continuing education conference yesterday, we had the opportunity to hear from from Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. Among other things, he discussed his book, Lights Out!, Some good nuggets. While you may or may not agree with all his conclusions or recommendations, he does point out the tremendous urgency we face to change the way we think about energy in the U.S. and get serious about it.
And last month, we heard a similar story from current Secretary, Steven Chu, and his discussion of an energy “Sputnik” moment.
A Bush-era appointee and an Obama appointee both highlighting the need to act quickly with a smart energy policy. Some of their specifics differ. But there is huge overlap. And I’ve personally heard both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate echo the same sentiments. And yet, on what should be a strong bi-partisan–indeed, non-partisan–national priority item, Congress can’t seem to take action. Let’s hope that changes in the 112th.