Driving U.S. Energy Leadership

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Science  29 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6004, pp. 559
DOI: 10.1126/science.1199255

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I have just returned from a trip to China, where there is a tremendous emphasis on the importance of investing in science and technology for a sustainable future. For the Chinese, business as usual is not an option: It seems obvious to everyone that an economy that continues to expand using available technologies will choke on its own air pollution. Many nations share China's urgent need to shift away from an economy dominated by fossil fuels. Last month, Germany unveiled a bold proposal to move the country toward renewable “green” energies through aggressive policies, which may spur other European nations to follow suit. What about the United States?