The United States has a world-class innovation system that can address the challenges of deep decarbonization and climate resilience while advancing U.S. competitiveness and fueling long-term economic growth. To unleash this potential, Congress must enact coordinated policies that support and fund innovation at all stages, leverage private sector investment as much as possible, and ensure that innovative technologies are developed and deployed in a just and equitable way.
Empower the Department of Energy (DOE) to tackle the climate crisis by prioritizing climate in DOE’s mission and reorganizing DOE’s structure to meet this goal.
Maintain U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation by recommitting to Mission Innovation and substantially increasing investment in clean energy RD&D over the next 10 years.
Engage environmental justice communities in clean energy RDD&D by creating a DOE Energy Justice and Democracy Program and prioritizing diverse participation in all DOE programs.
Facilitate technology transfer and commercialization through new initiatives, such as a DOE demonstration office, regional innovation partnerships, and a DOE foundation.
Finance innovative decarbonization technologies through a reformed DOE Loan Guarantee Program with an expanded portfolio and more flexible financing mechanisms.
Accelerate deployment of clean technology and climate resilient infrastructure by establishing a national climate bank.