Last month, Green Light Distrikt Boston held our third Cleantech Kingpins speakers series, where we gather local experts to answer a single question facing our industry. The first speaker, Mitch Tyson came up and gave a blunt, fiery and amazing speech - see the full video at the bottom of the post - that solidly, unequivocally stated that the business community is in complete agreement with each other, we need a price on carbon.
While some in the public see a price on carbon as some sort of tax, our business leaders see it as an opportunity to unleash huge amounts of innovation, job creation, and exports that can fuel our country. It's all about how you frame the issue.
Mitch Tyson is the former CEO and current Chairmen of Advanced Electron Beams and Co-Founder of the New England Clean Energy Council, is a member of the Progressive Business Leaders Network, and heads the energy council of the Mass High Tech. Mitch is a clear cleantech leaders, both in the region and the country.
All the presenter were asked to answer two questions
Everyone loved the speech and Mitch has some amazing answer to the two questions posed to him that are summarized below.
Why is the US not investing enough in cleantech?
What are three things we must to do to reverse this trend?
"We need to be patience, persistent, and committed. This is a long term problem and it won't be fixed overnight. We need to speak for the voice of the future and utilize the 'grandfather test'. Duke Energy's CEO is committed to be zero carbon by 2050 because of the 'grandfather test' because he can't look his grandchildren in the face and say he ran the dirtiest company in the world and never did anything about it.
Here's Mitch Tyson's Full 11 Minute Piece Presentation:
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