“Dad, I’m scared and angry; Your generation created this problem. What are you going to do to fix it?”
So says John Doerr's daughter in a Time Magazine essay penned by her father that VentureBeat has run in full. The problem she is referring to is global warming. Doerr notes that California's legislature made big strides forward by passing the "California Global Warming Solutions Act"-- a bill that has the support of Governor Schwarzenegger. Doerr notes that the legislation:
"caps greenhouse gas emissions across all of the meaningful economic sectors. California-where one of eight Americans live -will now require major industrial producers of such gases to reduce emission by 25% by 2020. That means cutting the annual release of carbon dioxide in the state by 174 million metric tons."
Of course, Doerr also points to the role of "clean technologies" to help California meet these goals. Doerr and other Kleiner Perkins partners have played a major role in shaping the clean tech debate. And, we expect that their leadership will bring others from Silicon Valley to the table as President Bush launches an expected big energy initiative early next year.
In related news...
...since John Doerr also has his hands full with education reform, net neutrality, and US competitiveness policy, he's made the excellent choice of hiring the savvy and tenacious tech policy government affairs strategist Alix Burns to help him. Burns just announced that she is leaving her VP role at TechNet to the launch the new firm Meridian Hill Strategies.
Doerr puts it best when he says:
"We see accelerating innovation and enormous public impact in the fields of biotech, infotech, communications and green energy technologies Alix Burns is superb at reading, understanding and connecting innovation and policy."
Meridian Hill will partner with the lobbying powerhouses Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart and Ickes & Enright.