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the roads in their collective states by 2025.
Our grantees continue to be involved as this
work goes for ward. Looking further down
the road, the governors of California, Oregon
and Washington and the premier of British
Columbia are now working collaboratively to
promote clean energy and avert climate change
as part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative that
was founded in 2008. They recently committed
to instituting a carbon tax, adopting low-carbon fuel standards, harmonizing their 2050
greenhouse gas targets and moving forward on
building efficiency and grid integration. Our
grantees helped develop the plan and are con-
tinuing to advise the states.
Obviously there’s still some resistance to these
sorts of policies at various levels, often related
to up-front costs. How do you deal with that?
We believe that if you really look at the cost of
truly secure and reliable and affordable energy
and put all the costs in, then these technologies
we’re advancing are the lowest-cost resource.
Sometimes they’re the lowest-cost resource
even without putting the environmental costs
and health costs on them. But if you include
the environmental, health and security costs
— for example, keeping Middle East supply
lines open — these are the cheapest technologies. And our grantees are constantly and in
many ways making that case. I think one of
the compelling cases that we’ve seen register,
especially with local and state officials, is the
economic benefits of these technologies.
Such as? Well, in Tehachapi, down near Palm
Springs, you’ve now got a wind industry that’s
employing people, it’s got people in commu-
nity colleges studying to be wind technicians;
it’s a new, thriving industry in that area that’s
creating a new economic base. Or, in the high
ridges of Minnesota, there’s now a thriving wind industry that’s supplying power in
Minnesota and down to the population centers
in Chicago. When you look at it closely, there
are big economic opportunities for every region
Why would you want to
import power from outside when
you could generate it yourself?