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George Douglas (303) 275-4096
Golden, Colo., Oct. 23, 1997 -- President Clinton's faith in clean energy technology as a solution to environmental problems is well founded, the director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory said today.
"Renewable energy technologies developed during the past 20 years are ready to take their place in the nation's energy portfolio," Admiral Richard Truly said. "We've proven that we can produce clean energy from the sun, the wind and plant life, and that our research will continue the recent trend of dramatic reductions in the cost of these technologies."
Clinton on Wednesday announced that renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency are key components of America's efforts to reduce greenhouse gases implicated in global warming.
"The biggest obstacle is not the development of new technologies, but rather the acceptance of those technologies by the American people," Truly said. "Most people aren't aware of what's available today and of how much progress we've made."
Truly, a former space shuttle pilot and administrator of NASA, looks at the space agency as a model for how an investment in technology can produce practical products to make people's lives better.
"On the day that Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, there were no digital wrist watches. No real-time satellite weather forecasts. No personal computers. No businesses based on the vast amounts of research and engineering that were required to take the first step off our planet."
The importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in solving environmental problems is clear, Truly said. The challenge is moving these technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of solar and wind power, biomass electricity, biofuels, geothermal power and building energy efficiency.