"Policy for Energy Technology Innovation"
Book Chapter, Acting in Time on Energy Policy, pages 89-127
Authors: Laura Diaz Anadon, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John P. Holdren, Former Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program
Other Chapters in Acting in Time on Energy Policy:
- Making Carbon Capture and Storage Work
- Oil Security and the Transportation Sector
- Electricity Market Structure and Infrastructure
- Barriers to Acting in Time on Energy and Strategies for Overcoming Them
- Acting in Time on Energy Policy
- Acting in Time on Climate Change
"The United States ought to be the leader of the world in the energy technology innovation that is needed. It has the largest economy, uses the most energy (and within that total the most oil), has made the largest cumulative contribution to the atmospheric buildup of fossil carbon dioxide that is the dominant driver of global climate change, has a large balance of payments stake in competitiveness in the global energy technology market as well as a large stake in the worldwide economic and security benefits of meeting global energy needs in affordable and sustainable ways, and possesses by many measures the most capable scientific and engineering workforce in the world. The actual performance of this country in energy-technology innovation, however, has been falling short by almost every measure: in relation to the need, in relation to the opportunities, in relation to what other countries are doing, and even in the simple-minded but still somewhat instructive measure of investment in energy-technology innovation in absolute terms and as a proportion of GDP, compared to the past."
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