"There is still time for us to lead this global race, although that window is closing. We need low-carbon policies to exploit America's strengths — innovation and entrepreneurs. We know that building such policies is a heavy political lift. But, without doubt, bad energy policy has cost our country dearly, and the costs of continuing it are incalculable."John Doerr and Jeff Immelt, "Falling Behind on Green Tech"
The Washington Post, August 3, 2009John Doerr is a partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Jeff Immelt is chairman and chief executive of General Electric.
"The world faces a novel challenge that it didn't know existed a generation ago, and for many of us, even a few years ago. The problem can be called carbon management. The world must manage the global carbon budget so that the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide remains at safe levels, especially so that we avoid dangerous thresholds that could have devastating effects on human societies and ecosystems."Jeffrey D. Sachs, Common Wealth
(The Penguin Press, 2008) 96.