I don't know about you, but the leaders I want to follow aren't the ones who say it's too hard to break the world's addiction to dirty energy. The politicians I want to elect aren't bought off by oil lobbyists. The beaches I want to walk on are not covered in tar balls. The future I want to inhabit isn't black with coal dust and oily scum.
They don't know it yet, but the politicians who sat in last week's G20 meeting and decided to backslide on their commitments to tackle climate change are no longer the most important voices on the planet. It's the people who were outside that meeting calling for an energy revolution. It's the people who have a better idea about what our world can look like, run by energy sources that don't spill, burn, explode, poison, or destroy. Those are the voices we need to listen to, those are the investment paths we need to follow.
Real leaders look ahead to the next generation, not the next election. This is what they look like:
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