Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber has been criss-crossing the world in support of Abu DhabiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.