Driving Tech Innovation and Economic Growth

The cab driver test – you know how it goes.  You get in the cab and you ask them a burning question – like “what do you think about this whole climate change deal?”  And you get a response that is totally anecdotal but always interesting.  Terry Tamminen started this session with his own story which gave an example of both ends of the response spectrum.

The line-up for this plenary included:  Governor Ted Kulongoski from Oregon,  Governor Jim Doyle from Wisconsin, Theodor Craver, CEO of Edison International, David Cush, CEO of Virgin America, Premier Danny Williams from Nfld & Laborador, Michael Rea from the Carbon Trust in the UK, and, Pablo Mandeville, Uruguay Resident Coordinator for UN.

Noted without attribution (notice how as the conference proceeded my note-taking lagged!)

  • Oregon is pushing ahead on clean-tech jobs – 1 out of 100 workers now in clean tech jobs.
  • Wisconsin is investing in research  — especially alternative energy – they have already invested in Life Sciences and Medicine.  Now it is the energy sector’s turn.
  • Newfoundland/Labrador – energy warehouse of Canada.  Detailed ocean mapping technologies key.  Made the comment that our Canadian stimulus packages should have been about the green economy.  Hear. Hear.
  • Airlines like Virgin America are looking for efficient flight paths to minimize fuel.  Mentioned the need for a public policy context to make change in the airline industry.

And the next blog will be on Oceans.

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One Response to Driving Tech Innovation and Economic Growth

  1. David McPhee says:

    A balance between the public and the private sector will allow us to set the stage for a post carbon economy. The US experience with the failure of their financial markets (Wall Street) and the failure of the housing market is not to be embraced as a model. The suburban ashpalt infrastucture program of the current government program is so out of date.

    Future global demand is going to be green and pacific oriented; ocean science and technology must be part of that. Current economic priorites are not equiping us to participate.

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