I’m in a few LinkedIn groups, as I think all LinkedIn users are by now. One of them is for Duke alumni and students interested in Solar Energy and Solar startups. A fellow member posted an interesting request that I decided to help cast a wide net for answers to by posting here and tweeting several of my Twitter followers. A novel approach for me — let’s see where it goes.
From Ian Thomson, Co-founder of CleanTechies.com
“I’m looking for existing data, contacts, leads or reference material that demonstrate a strong correlation between clean/domestic energy and global security. Any help during this data gathering would be greatly appreciated; probably on both sides – if they are looking for recognition for their perspective I’ll give them ample credit for any data they can provide that supports the thesis.
“I’ve taken on the task of integrating the positive national security implications surrounding energy policy that targets reducing CO2 for a project called “GigaTon Throwdown.” My portion of the project is presenting a compelling national security argument for reducing oil consumption, using distributed generation assets, and increasing the efficacy of our budget through energy efficiency. The bulk of the heavy lifting of the 250 page book is done, it has been written by some serious academics, energy analysts and professionals, but it neglects to address these core concerns that will give it that much more attention when it is launched with support from some congressional leaders from both sides of the political spectrum. Doing my task right will assure broader buy in. “
The Gigaton Throwdown
The Gigaton Throwdown Study was launched as a Clinton Global Initiative in 2007. It is a project to educate and inspire entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers to think big about solving the climate crisis. It began as an effort to answer the question, “What does it take to make a difference with clean energy technology?” A unique team of entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders teamed up with leading academics to answer this question. Specifically, we asked how could any one of nine technologies groupings, “pathways,” scale up so each one could avoid one billion tons – a gigaton — of greenhouse gas emissions per year and do it by 2020. We call this “Gigaton Scale.”
How ’bout it, Readers? Any help for Ian out there? Feel free to post a comment below or reach out to me on my Contact page. I’ll close the feedback loop with Ian.