Secretary Clinton Announces New Energy Partnerships

April 16, 2010

Remarks made by Secretary Clinton yesterday at the InterAmerican Development Bank on the occasion of the preparatory meetings of the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas. Video is also available.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much, Luis Alberto, and to everyone here at IDB. Thank you for hosting this important gathering. And I am delighted to see so many friends in the audience representing not only the important work that we talk about today, but the partnership across our hemisphere. And I know that Secretary Chu spoke with you this morning and someone’s already told me that he was the funniest physicist you’ve ever heard from. (Laughter.) And I have to agree, probably the funniest Nobel Prize Laureate as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Innovation, Communication, Energy, and the Planet from a different perspective

December 10, 2009

This is song is a contribution by Rebecca Dawn, a wonderful young woman who worked with me on a number of research projects. She is about to defend her Master thesis and become a music sensation.

The idea of a rap on energy, efficiency and how to communicate the need for change in a different way came about from my discussions with colleagues at the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Bank. The challenge they are facing in working with many countries in the Americas is the disconnect between policy and implementation. You might have the best regulatory and legal framework in place, but if the politics are disconnected and the message never gets to the people, there is no buy in and it simply doesn’t happen. How do you bridge this divide?

The way I figure, it has got to be fun. Work with music, telenovelas, soccer, and dance, and let the youth take over the message.  I turned to Timmy, who is an emerging artist and asked her to write a number for this blog — after she delivered her thesis to her supervisor! Here is the product of her efforts, done while she waited for comments and the request for revisions on her thesis… which are sure to come.