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Ten Energy Enlightenments

The Bush White House may never become enlightened about clean energy, but the nation must be—and will be. Albert Einstein once wrote, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." Our energy problems are the result of an entrenched way of thinking that will be difficult to transform. One conversation in the White House won't get it done. No single effort will be sufficient. We will need sustained effort from many quarters to make this shift. We offer here some principles to keep us on track in this revolution.

Every grand endeavor designed to break the bonds of old conventions needs a set of core beliefs. American democracy is based on the Bill of Rights embodied in ten amendments to the Constitution. The Good Book is based on the Ten Commandments. The new Apollo energy project is more than a few rungs down the ladder of world importance from either of those efforts, but this project is vital enough to have its own set of core principles, which we will call the Ten Energy Enlightenments. These ten insights will not only help to guide our thinking, they will also serve as an intellectual road map to the rest of this book.

Is global warming a challenge or an opportunity? Is energy dependence a security risk or a chance for economic growth? These are, of course, trick questions, for the fundamental fact is that while global warming is a planetary emergency, it is also a huge economic

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