How this happened was essentially incredible, and epitomizes the story of my life. Anyway, the bill passed and Tom went on to help found the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Ed Ing, who was Matsunaga's chief counsel, sharing the same office with me in the Senate, twenty or so years subsequently, became chairman of AWEA.
Windpower provided as much electricity last year as 11 nuclearpower facilities. There is no commercial ocean energy facility operational today.
So, in summary, we need both. Wind energy is, with government incentives, cost-effective. OTEC requires a decade of development, and can become the legacy for any billionaire seeking an opportunity to no less than save Planet Earth and Humanity. If this well endowed individual does not exist, the Blue Revolution could well only become an opportunity in the 22nd Century. Perhaps the second (Carlos Slim Helu is #1) richest man in the world, Bill Gates (left) shows some potential, for he filed a patent on hurricane prevention. As a businessman, he must recognize the reality that a hurricane dampening platform will be expensive and economically non-productive. The Blue Revolution could be the key to his patent. Maybe it will be Pierre Omidyar (right), for he lives in Hawaii.
It was only appropriate, then, that I had dinner tonight on my roof with two of the most distinguished solar energy pioneers:
From the left, a Hawaiian sunset, Terry Surles (Argonne, California Energy Commission, Sandia, EPRI, PICHTR, Desert Research Institute...), Carl (PG&E) and Gerry Weinberg. We had a Moet Champagne and a 15.6% Brochelle Zinfandel.