OSTP Director John P. Holdren provides a comprehensive view of the energy and climate landscape in an invited Introduction to the fall special issue of Innovations, a quarterly journal of the MIT Press.
In his introductory essay to the issue entitled Energy for Change, Creating Climate Solutions, Dr. Holdren commends the journal's collection of articles by esteemed scientists and thought-leaders as thorough a survey of energy and climate solutions as has yet been compiled.
Of the climate challenge, he writes:
Without energy, there is no economy. Without climate, there is no environment. Without economy and environment, there is no material well-being, no civil society, no personal or national security. The overriding problem associated with these realities, of course, is that the world has long been getting most of the energy its economies need from fossil fuels, whose emissions are imperiling the climate that its environment needs.
The full text of Dr. Holdren's introduction to Innovations, Energy for Change, Creating Climate Solutions, can be found here.