Former Mich. Gov Encourages Ohio Leaders to Push Clean Energy Agenda as Way to Boost Economy

Publication: Associated Press


04/27/2011 - Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm continued a nationwide clean energy tour in Ohio on Wednesday, imploring an audience of academics, energy consultants and lobbyists to carry the Pew Clean Energy Program’s bipartisan call to action to state and national leaders.

During a keynote address to the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio, the former two-term governor delivered an impassioned plea for advocates not to miss a critical opportunity for setting national clean-energy policy goals. The Democrat is working with former U.S. Sen. John Warner of Virginia, a Republican, on the effort.

“Globalization has completely changed the conversation. ... Other nations are taking action to create jobs for their people,” Granholm told the breakfast gathering. “And so we have got to wake up and say we’re not in this hermetically-sealed environment. We have got to take action.”

According to Pew research, China and Germany have outpaced the United States during the past two years in the dollars they’ve invested in the clean energy sector — $54.4 billion for China and $41.2 billion for Germany, compared with $34 billion for the U.S.

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