The talks at Copenhagen failed not just because of world leaders, but also due to the fact that while many people of the world say they want action on climate change, they rate the issue as a low priority.
By the end of this weekend's protests in Copenhagen, around 1,100 people had been arrested. The arrests, part of a pattern all week, felt like a warning: deviations from the "Hopenhagen" message will not be tolerated.
We are uniquely poised now, with the support of our barrier-breaking and visionary president, to chart an un-navigated course with innovation and sustainability as our guides. We have a renewable commitment to change.
Pointing the country toward a clean energy future is going to be a big job, requiring the skills of all of us -- carpenters, metal fabricators, tool and dye makers, scientists, truck drivers, software designers, engineers and others.