As countries around the world race to seize the economic opportunities of clean energy, we have the chance to harness the incredible ingenuity and entrepreneurship of Americans to capture the advantage – and the jobs of the future – for the U.S.A. President Obama has compared this to our moon shot moment – the moment we decided that through determination and innovation, we would come from behind and win the race to be the first country in the world to put someone on the moon.
On Thursday, I got a chance to visit a company that is part of both yesterday's moon shot and today's. UTC Power in South Windsor, Connecticut, supplied clean energy to the 1969 Apollo space mission that first took Americans to the moon. Today, the company is using its fuel cell technology to deliver clean, highly efficient power to transit systems, schools, hospitals, supermarkets and corporations around the world. UTC Power's innovation has created more than 450 American jobs. They are just one example of how the global appetite for clean energy is presenting opportunities for our businesses, for good jobs that pay good wages, and for greater economic security for American families. The jobs of the future are in smart, sustainable, and modern clean energy technologies. Along with America's innovators, workers and entrepreneurs, we will make sure those jobs and those industries will be right here in the U.S.A.
Nancy Sutley is Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality