RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
America is a world leader in innovation and the clean energy economy is the next frontier. We want to assure that small businesses can enter the clean energy space, help our economy grow, and re-position the U.S. as an exporter of clean energy technologies. We also need to assure that support systems are in place for research and the advancement of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies.
Energy, water, and transportation infrastructure are central to our economy, way of life, and standard of living. However, much of our nation’s infrastructure is aged, outdated, and in need of re-investment. This creates a huge opportunity for investing in smarter energy grids, adding micro- and macro-hydro power to our water management and drinking water distribution systems, and implementing the next generation of efficient transportation systems. These infrastructure investments will reshape the energy landscape and done right could reduce energy inefficiencies and generate energy in places we’ve overlooked in the past.
Government’s best role is stimulating – not over regulating – the private sector. While there is a role for government in the regulation of established business and markets, we need to assure that regulations don’t close the door to entrepreneurs and small businesses that are foundational to our economy. Individuals and businesses must be able to make the best decisions for themselves based on reasonably accessible information. Waters should be fishable and swimmable and the air should be breathable so that public health and the wellbeing of future generations is not diminished.