The plan also should enhance the crucial role of science and engineering professionals, who constitute our national innovation engine. The president should create a $300-million “clean energy workforce readiness program,” augmented with state and private funds. The program would foster partnerships among energy companies, universities, technical schools, labor unions and the military. A special focus would be to advance interdisciplinary study by creating competitive, portable undergraduate and graduate fellowships in energy-related disciplines.
The Council on Competitiveness and other groups are continuing to hammer out details of how to implement a long-term national energy security plan that would be as environmentally benign as possible. The need for energy security has finally captured the nation’s attention. But that focus must quickly be converted into action. The president must exert strong leadership, sending a clear signal—in his first 100 days—to move us from rhetoric to reality.
This article was originally published with the title Obama's First 100 Days.