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Why do we make things so complicated?

Entrepreneur Jigar Shah pioneered simplified solar energy systems with the 2003 launch of his company, SunEdison. He now heads the Carbon War Room, an endeavor that aims to harness the power of market forces to develop a post-carbon economy. Shah believes the climate change crisis presents the “largest wealth-creating opportunity in our lifetime.” His recent presentation at the TEDxOilSpill event in Washington, D.C., outlined how we can shift our energy economy away from oil while still making a profit. And in a separate conversation with the Climate Desk, he told us what it would take from governments and people to get there. The interview is excerpted below.

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  • joe

    To Jigar Shah
    Why single out the oil sands (let the market decide if it’s a viable source). If you need to know, coal is a much larger source of CO2…

  • Misa Olvera

    The world just needs kiss, Keep It Simple Stupid. The further we take thing from nature the more problems we creat. Nature use the sortist rout possible why doun’t we. The only thing that holds human beings back from utopia is an unwillingness to belive in one and other or that we deserve shuch a life of true fulfillment. How many times will humanity come to the presipuss only to fall in to the abiys and be forced to begine agian losesing so much knolwge and wisdom.