This isn’t the usual television fare – which is either policy wonks talking to themselves or high-decibel hosts shouting at the rest of us. We wanted to do it differently. So we invited President Obama’s top adviser on energy and climate change, Carol Browner, literally to sit down with some Planet Forward contributors who submitted particularly provocative or creative ideas. She tells them what she thinks about their proposals, takes their questions, and considers what she’d take back to the White House as a result of the conversation.
And we’re going to keep the discussion going. We’ve got a web sequel in the works. Submit your video or written essay by May 15th and it’ll be in the running for review and comment by another top White House adviser, Van Jones, the highly acclaimed author of The Green Collar Economy and now Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. We’ll put the exchange online – where you can see it, comment on it and share it with your social network.
We invite you to comment on the videos already posted. Raise questions, debate the merits.
This energy haul isn’t going to be easy. There is a lot new under the sun (and in the wind) but it’s still very expensive, diffuse and in its infancy. We’re going to be living with coal and oil and gas and nuclear power for a long time. Some of them may have a rebirth as we develop new technologies for them. Which are the winners and which are the losers – and at what cost — are among the questions we confront and must now try to answer.
Planet Forward is a chance for you to tell the world, and maybe the White House, what you’d do.
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