I am a scientist and a clean energy entrepreneur. Climate change is the challenge of our generation, and it has motivated me to spend nearly 2 decades designing, building and installing over 70 different on-site clean heat and power plants at industrial facilities to reduce CO2 emissions while saving money on energy costs. My experience has shown that you don't have to choose between protecting the planet and creating jobs.
President Trump and Congressman Roskam, faced with the same evidence, have placed politics above facts. Under their leadership, we have done nothing to address climate risks, and in fact are headed in the wrong direction. President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement and Congressman Roskam calls climate change "junk science."
In the immediate term, there are a number of things we can do that should be an absolute policy focus. There are well developed but underutilized energy conversion technologies that are hampered by policies and overlooked business opportunities. I have written and spoken at length about these barriers and can say with confidence that to fix them is simply a matter of political will. It is time for facts to inform policy.