The challenge of developing cheap and clean energy alternatives is a race against time.
In other words, how can we accelerate change to win the so-called 'Earth Race," as former White House Special Advisor Van Jones put it in a recent interview with Big Think.
The race is against time not only because of the harm that is caused to the environment by fossil fuels. This is also a global competition, in which the rewards for innovation include increased GDP, national security, jobs, and holding the upper hand when it comes to innovation, an advantage the United States gained during the Space Race.
And yet, this race is a marathon, not a sprint. According to Van Jones, it will require a patient mindset to get the U.S. to a place where the country can run on cleaner and more renewable forms of energy.