If you are tight on time jump over to 1:50; President-Elect Obama sees upgrades to the US’ infrastructure, the development of alternative energy and the implementation of alternative energy projects as critical components to the country’s economic recovery.
It is a somber testament to the dire nature of the economic backdrop we face – but it is encouraging that the leader of the US has made a strong pledge to promoting the future of renewable energy, efficiency, alternative transportation and the development of jobs and careers in those sectors.
Yesterday I went for a hike with Sanjay Wagle, a principal with Vantage Point Venture Partners and co-founder of CleanTech for Obama (CT4O); we spoke about his meetings in Washington this past week with members of the transition team. He was impressed with the attention they were given and by how the President-elect’s team seemed committed to working with legislators from both sides of the aisle and experts from around the country. CT4O was the first outside entity that the Transition Team has met with – which would indicate an earnest commitment to seeking energy independence and environmentally sustainable solutions. Sanjay and the rest of the CT4O team pulled an all-nighter to get their initial recommendations on everything from transportation to biofuels to the transition team in time for yesterday’s announcement (the video above).
I’m excited, and I look forward to seeing President-elect Obama steer the country into the right direction on these issues with informed and engaged advisers like Sanjay and the rest of the CT4O.