First question: what do #cleantech and #clean capitalism mean to you?
Most important environmental law to pass? RFKjr Have a true free market where you enrich yourselves and your neighbours #RFKglobe
RFKjr: children will pay the costs of the way we treat our environment. There's a need to invest in infrastructure to ensure the vitality of our generation and future generations. #RFKglobe
van Lierop: the evolution of the term 'clean tech' - for GE it's solar and wind but it's more efficient motors or dishwashers. Is that #cleantech? We are going through a tremendous period of change. We need to ensure that while the world's population is growing, we need to ensure that we make the #hydrocarbons much cleaner.
RFKjr: thinks we can get there much quicker vs. van Lierop
"A lot of the companies invested in carbon are going to be left with stranded assets." Robert F Kennedy #RFKglobe
In BC you're paying 24 cents a mile to drive a internal combustion car vs. 3 cents a mile with an electric car. The cost savings over a decade are $20-$30k: RFK
van Lierop "We're hooked on cheap power… how do we get out of that loop?" #cleantech #globe2014
The Tesla's clean tech wasn't ready for the masses. Now it is, while improving their environmental footprint: van Lierop #hydrocarbons
Next question: As investors, what are the areas you'd invest in today? #rfkglobe
RFK: 'smart grid technology' with regards to smart transmission. It's where #cleantech needs to go.
van Lierop: " #Fusion is the holy grail of clean energy and it's happening here in B.C. And it's getting really close…" #breakthrough to a 0% CO2 economy
van Lierop: "The risk of not working on #innovation can be disastrous and in B.C. we have an example of that -- the paper and pulp industry." #britishcolumbia #rfkglobe #globe2014
Key milestones needed to achieved by the end of the decade? #rfkglobe
Two things: rewrite the #regulatory rules to reward people for conserving energy and the biggest thing is constructing a national grid to encourage good behaviour and punish bad behaviour… based on local #innovation: Robert F Kennedy #globe2014
RFK: "we need to have a smart grid so when you plug in more than 6 Prius cars you don't blackout the neighbourhood" #energy #innovation #smarttech
change is difficult… to have it by 2020, you all need to become leaders" and we also need to have the business leaders have a welcoming environment for new tech and we also need governments to create a level playing field for energy resources: Wal van Lierop #supportfusion
The LIVE blog has now concluded. Please scroll down for a replay of the discussion with Robert F Kennedy jr and Wal van Lierop.