by Steve Brick, Senior Fellow, Energy and Climate, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
President Obama is coming to Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, on Friday, March 15, and he is expected to talk about energy policy. For more than four decades, we have heard US Presidents call for national energy policy, make grave declarations about the urgent need for change, and chart bold courses to effect that change. We have also, invariably, seen these bold plans founder on the shoals of political intransigence, economic short-termism, and public apathy.
Here are two suggestions for concrete things the President can do to encourage innovation, improve energy security, and take meaningful steps to reducing greenhouse gases.