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China and other competing nations are vastly outperforming America in the development of clean energy technologies. If America is to remain relevant the economy of the future, it is essential that......

China and other competing nations are vastly outperforming America in the development of clean energy technologies. If America is to remain relevant the economy of the future, it is essential that we support both the development of clean energy technologies and the education of young people to enter this burgeoning industry. To this end, the U.S. Department of Energy has established RE-ENERGYSE — a program to vastly improve the scope and quality of energy science education in American schools.

Teryn Norris, Director of Americans for Energy Leadership (AEL) will delve further into the specifics of RE-ENERGYSE, touching on experiential learning opportunities, fellowships, and new higher education programs that are specifically designed to prepare students for careers in clean energy technology. By swiftly providing these skills to students, America can foster the collective awe and relentless drive needed to propel us forward in the clean energy race.

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  • 1. Repowering American Innovation Strategies for U.S. Economic Leadership Presentation by Teryn Norris for Scientists & Engineers for America March 9 th , 2010
  • 2. Our Global Leadership
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  • 5. Asia Rising Rapidly One Possible GDP Scenario:
  • 6. Asia Rising Rapidly Source: National Science Board, “Science & Engineering Indicators,” January 2010
  • 7. Asia Rising Rapidly Source: National Science Board, “Science & Engineering Indicators,” January 2010
  • 8. Asia Rising Rapidly Source: National Science Board, “Science & Engineering Indicators,” January 2010
  • 9. Asia’s Clean-Tech Tigers Source: Breakthrough Institute & Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, “Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant,” November 2009
  • 10. Asia’s Clean-Tech Tigers Source: Breakthrough Institute & Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, “Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant,” November 2009 Asia Governments to Invest 3 Times More Than U.S. China, Japan, Korea: $50 billion/yr. U.S. $10 billion/year maximum. Asia will gain “first mover” advantage: economies of scale, learning-by-doing, and innovation Five times more electric and hybrid electric vehicles (1.6 million) by 2012 than will North America. Asian government investments are direct and coordinated. U.S. and Europe indirect and uncoordinated.
  • 11. High Speed Rail (HSR) Policy
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    • "These nations aren't playing for second place... They're making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs... The nation that leads the clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation.”
    • -President Obama
    • State of the Union, Jan. 2010
    A New Strategy for American Leadership
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    • Cheap Clean Energy for All
    • Cheap energy has been central driver of rising global prosperity since beginning of Industrial Revolution.
    • Energy and technology replace hard human labor in ag & simple manufacturing
    • Frees up human capital for higher value enterprise
    • Increasing the cost of energy is thus not a solution for economy, poverty, or environment.
    • The only answer for economy, poverty, environment is radical technological innovation to make clean tech cheaper than coal, oil, and gas.
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  • 15. We can’t make dirty energy expensive. Let’s make clean energy cheap.
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    • How to Make Clean Energy Cheap
    • Increase public investment in all stages of innovation — private sector investment will follow.
    • Four Key Technological Breakthroughs:
    • PV efficiency
    • Battery density
    • Biofuel production
    • Mass-manufacture of small self-contained nuclear plants.
    • Deployment for radical cost-reductions , not insignificant emissions reductions.
  • 17. Source: Breakthrough Institute 2009
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  • 19. Source: National Science Board, “Science & Engineering Indicators,” January 2010
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    • “ The U.S. ranks behind other major nations in making the transitions required to educate students for emerging energy trades, research efforts, and other professions to support the future energy technology mix.”
    • -Department of Energy, 2010
    Unprepared Energy Workforce Source: National Science Board, “Science & Engineering Indicators,” January 2010
  • 21. Unprepared Energy Workforce
    • U.S. energy industry expects up to half of its current employees to retire over the next five to ten years
    • Demand for clean energy workers could triple between 2006 and 2018 and jump eight-fold by 2028.
    • American Association of Community Colleges estimates that less than 10% of the nation’s community colleges have begun to develop curricula
    • Majority of U.S. colleges and universities lack degree programs focused on energy
    • Only 15% of undergraduate degrees in the U.S. are in STEM
    • fields, compared with 64% in Japan, 52% in China, and 41% in South Korea.
  • 22. Clean Energy Job Demand “ Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy,” U.S. Council of Mayors, 2008.
  • 23. RE-ENERGYSE Proposal “ Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy,” U.S. Council of Mayors, 2008.
    • Training thousands of clean energy scientists and engineers to create a advanced, competitive energy workforce
    • Universities and colleges, community & technical colleges, and K-12 schools
    • Begins at $74 million per year
      • $55 million Department of Energy
      • $19 million National Science Foundation
  • 24. ReEnergyse Campaign “ Current and Potential Green Jobs in the U.S. Economy,” U.S. Council of Mayors, 2008.
    • Student presidents letter
    • Youth organization letter
    • Strategic districts outreach
    • DC briefing and lobby day
    • Op-eds and articles
    • Campus events
      • Secretary Chu
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    • Thank You!
    • Teryn Norris
    • [email_address]
    • www.leadenergy.org