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Clean Energy Summit Kicks off in Sin City

nationalcleanenergysummitThe speaker list for the National Clean Energy Summit, which kicks off today in Las Vegas, is a who’s who of politicians that will be shaping clean energy policy. The list includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, T. Boone Pickens, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and DOE Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Outside of Washington, D.C., the summit is one of the bigger meet-ups for those who will be weighing in on the upcoming climate bill, which passed the House in June, and which the Senate plans to take up in September.

Reid, who co-sponsored the conference, which is now in its second year, will be one of the most influential voices in terms of what the climate bill will look like. He has a huge role in deciding how the free carbon-emissions permits will be allocated for the cap-and-trade system, as the Wall Street Journal’s Energy Capital blog pointed out last week. Which companies get how many free permits will, in essence, decide the economic impact of the bill and determine if the U.S. sidesteps some of the problems that Europe’s carbon regulation faced when it was launched. No wonder he wants a day of input from his fellow clean energy policy peers.

It’s somewhat ironic that the conference is being hosted in one of the most unsustainable cities we’ve ever been to. Anyhoos, we’ll be posting regularly from the show, so stay tuned.

4 Responses to “Clean Energy Summit Kicks off in Sin City”

  1. I need a part time job making electric cars & trucks from my home someday. I thought I’d google the subject line to see what I find, and boom; 20 links popped up. No which one? I had invisioned that in the future where there are each & every gas station nowadays, could be water or hydroELECTRIC car stations, and trade in companies that bolster their economic activity on the very batteries that go into those green cars & trucks too. Instead of trading in just the battery, why not trade in the whole vehicle if anything is wrong with it including the battery. Similar to rent a car, but the insurance covers 100% of the drivers’ cost to operate the car, and also insures the driver still has a job the next day to insure everybody else has cars and trucks too. I’d like 100% car care coverage with a job as a bonus too. I keep wondering if cash for clunkers will ever come out with upgrades, and appendages with stipulations to where it would work for folks that have outstanding debt like student loans; no jobs; second mortgages; and other debt that is owed to the government. It becomes a scratch my back to scratch yours for the gov. I think it would work, but needs more direction on where and what to do, and how to apply for such a position with such benefits.
    If oyu bump into any programs out there like this please email me back within a week of its’ grand opening or start date, TY :) Timothy W.