Why Now?

With the crisis in Ukraine demonstrating the critical role of traditional energy sources in the present-day economy, the U.S. must pursue a diversified energy portfolio that includes economically valuable innovations in energy technology over the next 50+ years.

  • Many clean energy solutions for a low-carbon economy require critical minerals for their manufacture or operation.
  • Responsible extraction of minerals must adhere to human rights. The ongoing global conversation around climate should not exist without calling out China as the world’s largest polluter.
  • Environmental shocks can have a direct impact on vulnerable regions that can lead to land erosion of island countries or advanced desertification in arid lands. The U.S., Israel, Brazil, and others are developing technologies to respond to these shocks.
To reduce carbon emissions or advance the necessary energy transition requires a dramatic rethink of our energy and transportation systems. America must lead the way in creating a new energy supply chain literally built from the ground up.

Frank Fannon

Senior Visiting Fellow