Have you heard about the Reicher triangle?
Named after Dan Reicher, Stanford researcher and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, the theory goes that in order to rapidly deploy clean energy, you need three elements: technology; policy; and finance.
When these components are integrated, we’re able to thoughtfully accelerate the speed and scale of clean technologies. The technology is there and is getting better. The finance is following as investors see there’s money to be made. The only missing piece has been policy. But this has just changed.
Biden is responding to the public’s growing concerns about climate change and listened to experts about its immense economic potential. His position on clean energy is as diametrically opposed to his predecessor, and on his first day, he signed executive orders killing the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and recommitting the United States to the Paris climate agreement. As a candidate, Biden called for 100 percent clean energy in the U.S. by 2035. He’s integrating climate experts across all departments in “the largest team ever assembled inside the White House to tackle global warming.”
The political sea change is larger than the whims of a single politician. It’s a reflection of the growing, influential force of the clean energy sector itself that will be difficult for serious politicians to ignore forevermore.
The clean energy sector has been growing and maturing for years, and in this election cycle, it helped Biden in part to the all-volunteer organization Clean Energy for Biden (CE4B).
CE4B brought together more than 13,000 individuals in all 50 states, including 40 regional affinity groups in key locations across the county. The success of the CE4B’s organizing and campaign efforts inspired organizers to spin out a newly formed nonprofit, Clean Energy for America, which will support candidates and policies that will accelerate the clean energy transition at the state and national levels.