The recently failed climate talks in Lima, Peru illustrate that new leadership is needed if we hope to address climate change. We should not try to coax countries into agreeing to emissions targets, but to commit to targets on clean energy innovation. In other words, nations should set goals to invest a certain amount of money in research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to make clean energy so cheap that all businesses and consumers will voluntarily replace fossil fuels with clean energy because it makes economic sense to do so.
Energy & Climate
Testimony to the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories
Matthew Stepp, Executive Director of ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation, provided testimony to the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories on methods for reforming the National Lab system to improve its innovation capabilities. The Commission was created by Congress to study the Department of Energy laboratory system and propose policy reforms to increase innovation and effectiveness from public investments in lab research. It was a created, in part, from a series of reports co-authored by Stepp titled, Turning the Page: Re-imagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy and Going Local: Connecting the National Labs to their Regions for Innovation and Growth.