Abu Dhabi way ahead of US on cleantech

Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber has been criss-crossing the world in support of Abu Dhabi’s $15 billion Masdar Initiative, which aims to build a zero-carbon, zero-waste city with a population of 50,000 in hopes it can “re-engineer the way cities are built.”

Meanwhile, in that apparent cleantech backwater called the United States, reactionary forces continue their losing battle to fight for their right to despoil the atmosphere and deplete resources.

Yes, there are plenty of highly progressive cleantech initiatives in the US, often championed by huge corporations like Wal-Mart, and lots of venture capital and funding for cleantech too. But on the political level, the US remains an anachronism, stuck in the past, almost proudly refusing to change.

Maybe the next U.S. president will change all that. Let’s hope so.

  • The next president will definately change alot for the United States. I am pretty big on cleaning the planet. I build biodiesel processors which turn waste vegetable oil into biodiesel. It is really amazing how simple the process is, as well as saving the customer $2-3 per gallon at the pumps. Algae biodiesel looks even more promising. As the other poster said, we just need to keep moving in the right direction.

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