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Immelt and Lash on "ecomagination"

Jeffrey Immelt, the chairman and chief executive of GE and Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute co-authored an op-ed piece on the company's ecomagination initiative that appeared in Saturday's Washington Post:
We are developing a mix of improved technologies to meet energy and environmental needs in the future, tapping resources as diverse as wind, solar, nuclear and natural gas. The key is higher efficiency, lower cost and fewer emissions. One example is in the burning of coal for power. Today we have cutting-edge gasification technology that could cut worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by millions of tons -- a significant step toward greenhouse gas reductions.

We believe that government can restore its leadership position by moving beyond the gridlock on energy and environmental policy. We need a policy that commits to market-based approaches that can drive environmental improvement. One that thinks outside the barrel -- and promotes diverse energy sources that can help break the shackles of oil dependence. One that frames energy and environmental practices as essential, national core competencies -- the same way that vibrant technology policies underpinned the stunning IT innovations of the 1980s and '90s while continuing to fuel their growth.
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