Dispatch from Copenhagen: Secretary Locke Worries That U.S. Companies Could Fall Behind

If the climate talks now going on in Copenhagen lead to binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions, the resulting transformation to a greener energy system will be good for business, argues Gary Locke, Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department. “If we take serious action, we will be laying the foundation for future prosperity,” he says. “It could spur one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.” GE, for instance, is looking to sell everything from wind turbines and energy efficient locomotives to technology for making the electricity grid smarter and more efficient.

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