There is a growing consensus among liberals and conservatives that economic, public health, safety, security, and environmental imperatives all require new national investments in energy technology. The emergence of Asia's "clean energy tigers" and increasingly heated global competition for clean energy markets, the failure of the UN climate negotiations and the death of cap and trade, recent coal and oil safety disasters, and the high cost of energy to the US military are a few reasons why energy technology innovation is increasingly becoming a bipartisan priority.
The question today is how to do it. On December 15th, 2010, a group of America's leading policy think tanks hosted a day-long conference in Washington, DC, to ask hard questions about how energy technology funding should be spent, which institutions should be involved, how the program should be disciplined and evaluated, and how both parties can support policies to boost public and private energy innovation investment.
ITIF thanks the Nathan Cummings Foundation for its support in the quest for green innovation.