Thursday, September 30, 2010
Renewable Energy: The US Secretary of Energy is Onboard!
As you know, I'm away in Los Angeles this week. My company actually sent a coworker and me to attend a laser conference, ICALEO, that's taking place here. There was an awards ceremony today and the US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, was the recipient of one of the awards. He was a recipient of the Nobel prize in 1997 for his work on trapping atoms with a laser (how cool is that?!). It's not everyday that you're in a room with a Nobel laureate (actually, there were 2 of them, the second being Charles Townes, who invented the maser [precursor to the laser]).
Anyway, I digress...what I wanted to talk about was Dr. Chu's speech. The first half of it was essentially about how he got to where he is today. It was a very interesting story, but I won't go into it. The second part was about America's future. He talked about global warming and he said that there is overwhelming evidence of global warming, but many people remain unconvinced. He compared this to how for many years people did not believe that smoking cigarettes was harmful to the body. Well, they were wrong there...and the unbelievers will be wrong again. I absolutely agree with what he says, but even if he were wrong, there is something to be learned here. Here is the US Secretary of Energy talking about the risks of not doing anything to stop global warming. What policies do you think will result from his stance? I can bet that he will be pushing for development of renewable energy.
It has become apparent that our world is shifting to one that embraces renewable energy. If you were a politician, the right thing and the popular thing to say is that you are green and will endorse the shift away from oil and carbon-based energy. The megatrend has begun! Don't miss out on this excellent investment opportunity. By investing in renewable energy, you'd be fulfilling your responsibility as a steward of the Earth. Don't know where to start? Go to one of my recent posts on solar energy!
I will leave you with a Native American saying that Dr. Chu quoted in his speech, "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children."