In October, 2009, I presented at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business discussing what a greener global economy might — and might not — look like in 30 years. To check out a video of my talk, watch below.
Large windmills and solar panels are seen in Atlantic City in October 2008. (AP)
One year ago, gasoline prices were soaring toward four dollars a gallon and fuel-efficient hybrid cars were flying off the lots. Toyota dealers couldn’t keep a two-day stock of Prius hybrids on hand.
Today, with oil down and the economy bust, they have an 80-day stock, and hybrid sales have fallen off a cliff steeper than general car sales.
So, the question: Can green technology really save our broken economy? The Obama administration is betting big it will. We’ll ask two players with a big stake in the answer.
This hour, On Point: A gut-check on the green economy.
You can join the conversation. Is green tech our golden ticket out of this economic bust? Does saving the economy and environment at once sound too good to be true? Or just right?
Click here to listen. I’m in the first 10 minutes: http://onpoint.wbur.org/2009/03/17/the-green-way-out
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