“Solyndra failed because the Chinese came in with billions in subsidies and even bankrupted some of its own domestic solar firms,” said Clinton. He was hopeful about the prospects of waste to energy technology and wants more waste to energy technology based facilities in areas like Mumbai.
For more than three decades now, Clinton has been focusing on the issues of climate change and resource depletion. Back in 1977, as the Attorney General of Arkansas, Clinton once brought Amory Lovins to come speak before the public utility commission on how energy efficiency could help prevent establishing another nuclear plant.
However, after his tenure as the US President, Clinton has delved deeper into the subject of clean energy and energy efficiency, promoting support of these industries through his foundation. “Energy efficiency is the lowest hanging fruit,” he said, emphasising that “We have not made a serious attempt to take energy efficiency to scale. Energy efficiency has the ability to create the most jobs for the investment.”
Clinton shared some ideas for how to solve the energy problem and break the log jam of politics on the issue. “If every state had a renewable energy mandate it would be much easier to get clean power installed, said Clinton. Clinton was impressed with the visible tattoos of the 2,000 plus construction workers on the site of Ivanpah that made him ponder how such means advocated and understood clean energy.