A Question for Major Greenhouse Emitters

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The countries with the most emissions of greenhouse gases are meeting twice more this year to explore partnerships and ways to smooth the road toward a new climate treaty. Should boosting solar research be one focal point? See Dot Earth blog for more: http://www.nytimes.com/dotearth

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  • A Question for Major Greenhouse Emitters

    1. 1. A query from Dot Earth: Why not have R&D, especially solar, be a focal point for the Major Economies Meetings on Energy & Climate?
    2. 2. It wouldn’t be hard to stimulate energy research given the diminutive size of the effort now in the U.S. (green):
    3. 3. For scale, here’s the total U.S. government investment in R&D – defense and everything else:
    4. 4. Within the following energy research menu for industrialized countries, why is solar such a tiny sliver (orange)?
    5. 5. Some serious innovators have long understood the potential of solar power. Who said this (next slide)?
    6. 6. “I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
    7. 7. “I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” - Thomas Edison, speaking with Henry Ford & Harvey Firestone, 1931
    8. 8. More info at nytimes.com/dotearth dotearth@nytimes.com

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