Nathan Lewis on Energy Realities: Can We Get to 80% by 2035?

February 4, 2011 | Jesse Jenkins,

Last week, President Obama threw down an ambitious national goal in his second State of the Union Address: by 2035, 80% of America's electricity will come from "clean" energy sources, double the share we now derive from clean sources.

But what counts as "clean," how do we get there, and is the goal feasible?

Dr Nathan Lewis, a distinguished professor of chemistry at CalTech and direct of the new, Department of Energy-funded Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub (which also got a shout-out in the President's SOTU) appeared on NPR/WBUR's "On Point" radio yesterday, to discuss the President's clean energy objectives, the energy innovation challenges that must be overcome to reach that goal, and the economic and environmental consequences at stake.

I highly recommend you give the segment a listen here.

Also, you can watch Dr. Lewis, along with Nobel Laureate Dr. Burton Richter and Breakthrough Senior Fellow Dr. Martin Hoffert, diving into similar topics at the Energy Innovation 2010 conference, sponsored by the Breakthrough Institute last December below.