Solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources help the U.S. improve its energy security at home and abroad. They are increasingly cost competitive, extremely scalable and will continue to be a growing force in pushing the U.S. toward greater energy self-sufficiency and choice for power and transportation. The real question is whether Washington is going to get on board with the rest of the country or continue to stick its head in the sand while U.S. industry, consumers and progressive utilities recognize and take advantage of renewable energy’s economic, operating and security benefits.
Andrew Garfinkel is principal of Aronnax Public Strategies LLC. Ed Sappin is CEO of Sappin Global Strategies, a strategy and investment group focused on the energy and innovation economies.
An earlier version of this Guest Observer left off one of the authors. It was co-authored by Andrew Garfinkel and Ed Sappin.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.