Making Energy Innovation Part of Advocates Climate Policy Elevator Pitch

Matthew Stepp March 14, 2013
March 14, 2013

One of the continuing debates among climate and energy analysts and advocates is whether public policy should emphasize innovation or deployment. Continue this discussion, Senior Analyst Matthew Stepp takes a deeper dive into the divide and asks how do we make energy innovation part of advocates’ climate policy pitch? In many ways, this is harder than coming to consensus on a policy approach because framing policy recommendations around energy innovation is difficult because it’s about reform; it’s about fighting for bigger energy innovation program budgets, ensuring consistent revenue streams over time, and linking research institutions with commercialization and deployment policies. It’s complicated to approach, and it’s not as targeted as fighting the Keystone Pipeline. Even so, it’s much more important and absolutely necessary for addressing global climate change.