Whatever you think about the climate change bill, or energy companies in general, this is a critical step in getting energy firms to focus on the technologies that can at least stall, if not reverse, climate change. Some will scoff that the new technologies are already there, but at this point, most “green” energy technologies are still more expensive than fossil fuel-based sources.

If we could get more energy firms like Constellation—a HUGE name—behind this House bill, but more importantly, convince them or incentivize them to invest in renewable energy sources, this would create more demand, better scalability, a fall in green tech prices could make these them more attractive to investors . . . I need to pinch myself, it’s still a dream!

But before I run out and buy my solar-powered hybrid plug-in care with matching appliances, I need a reality check: I often think renewable energy is analogous to public transportation; both need to be cost-effective and offer seamless transition to consumers, or they won’t grow. Combined with a smart grid, better energy storage, and improved fuel efficiency technology, we could be well on our way . . . wind in the prairies, sun in the southwest, the occasional nuclear reactor . . . well, more on that later . . .

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.