AI promises to help cities save money, address infrastructure needs, and reduce emissions. But to unlock these benefits and help smart cities reach their full potential, the federal government has an important role to play in funding RD&D and facilitating cooperation.
Publications: Colin Cunliff
February 25, 2021
ITIF argued innovation is critical to combat climate change, making three core points: First, greater federal investment in innovation is essential to address climate change and boost U.S. competitiveness in clean energy. Second, prioritize funding to RD&D and deployment programs around 10 critical decarbonization needs. Third, diversify the innovation portfolio to maximize the effectiveness of federal investments.
February 2, 2021
National Academies Report Charts Course: Decarbonize the U.S. Energy System by Accelerating Innovation
A landmark report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issues a clarion call for more clean energy innovation, finding that “deep decarbonization is technically feasible, but proactive innovation is essential.”
November 20, 2020
ITIF Senior Policy Analyst Colin Cunliff spoke on a an expert panel discussing underappreciated opportunities for bringing clean manufacturing innovation to greater prominence with the goal of shaping the climate and manufacturing policy agenda.
September 15, 2020
America has successfully launched national innovation missions time and again.
September 15, 2020
The U.S. government should triple its annual investment in energy innovation over the next five years to speed clean energy transitions around the world and build advanced-energy industries at home.
July 6, 2020
Alarmists claim the tech sector’s carbon footprint is mushrooming out of control. But they wildly misrepresent the facts. Not only is the ICT sector making significant progress in decarbonizing, but ICT is also a powerful technology that enables other sectors to become more energy efficient.
April 13, 2020
Recommendations to the House Science Committee on Clean Energy Investments for a Long-Term Economic Recovery
In response to a request for input from the House Science, Space, and Technology committee, ITIF recommended that any stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 crisis include provisions to stimulate manufacturing, technology entrepreneurship, and clean energy innovation, including large-scale demonstration projects in fields such as industrial decarbonization.
March 30, 2020
Lawmakers should make energy innovation a national imperative, and at least double U.S. investment in clean energy RD&D by 2025.
March 2, 2020
Congress Must Step Up to Save Nine Clean Energy Research Programs From the President’s Budget Chopping Block
Unless Congress takes specific action to reverse the administration’s plans, the president’s budget request will become binding on federal energy RD&D programs, eliminating vital activities.