Thursday, May 24, 2007

Strategic Issue for ED Leaders: Energy Futures

The future of energy affects all local economies in the US and abroad. ED leaders need to be informed about options in thinking about the energy industry. Here is a resource that might help.

The Energy Future Coalition (EFC) is a broad-based, nonpartisan alliance that seeks to bridge the differences among business, labor, and environmental groups and identify energy policy options with broad political support. The coalition aims to bring about changes in U.S. energy policy to address the economic, security and environmental challenges related to the production and use of fossil fuels with a compelling new vision of the economic opportunities that will be created by the transition to a new energy economy.

EFC's six working groups are the heart of our coalition-building process and are dedicated to identifying the steps needed for change in their respective issue areas.

The Energy Future Coalition is an ambitious, visionary effort by business, labor, and environmental groups to bridge their differences and identify broadly supported energy policy options that address three great challenges related to the production and use of energy:

- The political and economic threat posed by the world's dependence on oil.
- The risk to the global environment from climate change.
- The lack of access of the world's poor to the modern energy services they need for economic advancement.
- The Coalition seeks to connect those challenges with a vision of the vibrant economic opportunities that will be created by a transition to a new energy economy.

Read EFC's very information report Challenge and Opportunity: Charting a New Energy Future.

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