An Important Opportunity for Cleantech

Warren Olney’s “To the Point” program (KCRW) on Tuesday had an interesting discussion on what the instability in the Middle East could mean for short term oil prices and long term energy security. The debate between whether the best US policy approach is to increase domestic drilling or reduce the strategic importance of oil altogether has important implications for the clean technology sector – especially as Congress works to produce a budget. Obviously the issue is much more complicated than that, but cleantech policy analysts in Washington have indicated that the traditional energy sector is working the Hill hard and that many lawmakers lack a full understanding of the breadth of the cleantech sector. This is an opportunity that I think the proponents of clean energy need to seize quickly. If you would like to listen to the archived program, here’s a link.