Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is president of Seventh Generation Advisors, an operating partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors and the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. He is also the author of "Cracking the Carbon Code: The Key to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy." Follow him on Twitter @terrytamminen.
The president is committed to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future, but this expert says a transformation is already underway - and it's working.
Perhaps no major issue facing the entire world is more pressing than climate change, yet so far neither of our candidates for president has demonstrated that they are “awake” to either the impacts or the solutions.
There are many approaches to sustainability challenges, so an robust debate about how to reduce pollution and make the country more energy self-sufficient is indispensable, but there can’t be a fair hearing of these choices when one side is allowed to shout while the other can only whisper.
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