After the State of the Union
Yesterday’s State of the Union address could go down as a watershed moment in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Two years ago, the president wouldn’t mention climate change. Last night, he spoke honestly about the issue to 40 million people and vowed that if “Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.” The question is: Just what can President Obama do, and what will it mean for our economy and energy system?
Billy Parish is Founder and President of Mosaic, a clean energy investment marketplace. In 2002, he dropped out of Yale to found the Energy Action Coalition and grew it into the largest youth clean energy organization in the world with over 300,000 members. He was lead architect of the Clean Energy Corps proposal to create 5 million new green jobs (incorporated into the Stimulus Bill), and was elected as a Fellow by Ashoka. His book Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World was an Amazon bestseller.