"A nation-state that can seize the opportunities of an energy policy that addresses global climate change will create a double benefit: it will enhance its own national security and it will afford the world’s poorest people a chance to participate in the modern global economy. As an American, this is what I would like to see the United States do".
* develop cost-effective, clean alternatives to gasoline;
* modernise the electric power grid
* modernise the US auto industry
* modernise the coal industry
* expand renewable energy resources
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Fine in theory (athough what about energy efficiency?); but how does one turn all this into practical politics?
Wirth's appeal to (the enlightened side of) American nationalism, for one thing, may be astute. At a more nuts and bolts level, his UN Foundation have been supporters of the Institutional Investors Summit on Climate Change (see earlier post here).
(By the way, Tim Wirth is a former US Senator for Colarado, for which the state motto is "nothing without providence". A dictionary defines providence as "care or preparation in advance; foresight; prudent management; economy". That does sound like a good place to start).
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