100 million people are now LinkedIn, building their professional network, building their relationships, and learning more about opportunities. Members join groups to connect with others who have similar interests. Groups range from web development to marketing to pets as well as sustainability and the environment.
Not only can you connect with clean techies or environmental jobs or public policy, but you could Link to 9,885 water professionals. Or, 9,000 smart grid professionals.
In a recent Bloomberg report, Linda J. Fisher was profiled as the chief environmental strategist at DuPont. She joined the company in 2004, and advised the company’s former CEO and now Chairman of Bank of America, Chad Holliday, to “…get ahead of the curve rather than making the regulator make you do it.” One example is the decision made by DuPont and other chemical companies to cut the use of harmful chemicals used to manufacture Teflon coatings.
FedEx has placed hundreds of vehicles in service that are electric or hybrid to reduce fuel consumption, improve efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions. The company is using biodiesel trucks in the nations’ capital.
The Pew Charitable Trust recently released a report: Global Clean Power, A $2.3 Trillion Opportunity.
In conjunction with data provided by Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance, the title of the report summarizes the findings very well. The findings include:
• The opportunity to attract more capital in renewables by adopting strong energy policies,
• China and India are the global leaders in clean energy investing,
• The U.S. “would benefit from strong clean energy policies” while the “European marketplace will mature in the next decade”
And, yes, “Clean energy policies reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Look at the country appendix in the report:
• China: “China leads the world in clean energy finance and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”
• United States: “Because its economy leads the world, the United States is a clean energy leader, but unless it adopts additional policies, it will continue to fall short of its potential. Under current policies, U.S. clean power investments increase to $27 Billion, about $23 Billion less than the world leader, China.”
Economic data released this morning showed the U.S. trade gap narrowed in April to the lowest level since the end of 2010, and the U.S. imported only 8.41 million barrels per day – the lowest since October 2010. Now that’s real progress!! 8.41 million barrels times 30 days times $111 average price of WTI in April is an egregious $28 Billion. One month. $28 Billion. Don’t even bother multiplying it times 12 months. It’s worse.
Somehow, we need to get the Pew report on LinkedIn sent to, and read by, our elected officials. (Please no Twitter, just LinkedIn).
While Congress worries about ‘Too Big to Fail’ for banks, $28 Billion per month is Too Big to Fail. Period.
$28 Billion per month could do a lot for renewables, couldn’t it? Ask Linda Fisher. DuPont was started in 1802 as a gunpowder mill. Or, ask Fred Smith of FedEx. He started the company and created a new industry less than 40 years ago.
$28 Billion could buy a lot of solar panels, wind turbines, insulation, or fix a lot of leaking water pipes.
New companies and old companies seem to understand the benefits. Why doesn’t Capitol Hill?