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At the ARPA-E 2012 summit in the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. this week, Bill Gates and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu discussed the largest energy challenges of the 21st century in the U.S. and around the world. Here’s a 50-minute video of Gates and Chu’s comments on this, with moderation from John Podesta, from the U.S. Department of Energy on YouTube.
Some of the key points made by Gates and Chu:
Unfortunately, what neither Gates nor Chu said directly (but did imply in several instances) is that one U.S. political party is working hard to sacrifice our energy and, thus, economic future. “Hobbled by incessant Republican attacks on clean energy, the United States is falling farther and farther behind in the race to build the infrastructure of the 21st century and help civilization survive climate change,” Think Progress notes.
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