Why Clean Energy Won't Take Our Economy to the Cleaners

Oct 19, 2011


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Kristina Johnson, the former undersecretary for Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, presented a public talk on October 19, 2011, titled, “Why Clean Energy Won't Take Our Economy to the Cleaners.” As under-secretary, Johnson was responsible for unifying and managing a multi-billion dollar energy and environment portfolio. The portfolio included research, development, demonstration and deployment projects involving the national laboratories, universities, state and local governments and private industry in renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power, energy efficiency, smart grid and nuclear waste. Under Johnson's leadership, the department developed an integrated Strategic Technologies Energy Plan (STEP) for reducing our dependence on imported oil by 75%, achieving greenhouse gas reductions of 83% by 2050, and achieving 80% low-carbon electricity by 2035,