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Jefferson W. Tester is a professor of sustainable energy systems, director of the Cornell Energy Institute and the associate director of Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He comments on President Obama’s inaugural call for U.S. leadership on renewable energy to combat climate change.
“It was refreshing to hear the President speak truthfully and with conviction on the important issue of transitioning to a sustainable energy future.
“American leadership and knowhow are absolutely needed now to get started. And, as the President implied, a long-term commitment by our government and citizens to support and deploy our rich renewable solar, wind, geothermal and biomass resources in a thoughtful and deliberate manner is required to be successful with this transition.
“While adhering to such multi-year commitments has been difficult in the past, they are clearly needed now. If we choose our options wisely with long-term stewardship front and center, the collateral benefits of achieving an economically and environmentally secure energy future will be insured for generations to come.”
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