I had the chance to read Tom Friedman’s most recent op-ed piece, “Texas To Tel Aviv” in the New York Times today, and felt compelled to share it with the folks who read Sustainable Ink.
The article focuses on two people: T. Boone Pickens and Shai Agassi. Pickens, who made his fortune in the oil business, is leading a charge to get the United States to devote a significant amount of resources to the development of wind energy. In fact, he has spent $2 billion of his own money buying land in the Texas Panhandle as well as 700 wind turbines from GE (their largest turbine order ever), in order to create the largest wind farm in the world. To read more about his efforts, please visit the Pickens Plan website.
Agassi, an Israeli technology guru, launched Project Better Place last year, with the goal of creating a nationwide grid of electric cars in Israel. The project has a very ambitious mission, but has been gaining traction with car makers and governments.
The reason I wanted to call your attention to the column, and more importantly to these two entrepreneurs with bold visions, is because electric cars and renewable energy are game-changing initiatives that have the potential to have a dramatic impact on the fight against global warming as well as our nation’s addiction to oil, most of which comes from foreign sources. Pickens and Agassi are showing that doing well while doing good are not mutually exclusive ideas.
Over the last 16 months, my firm has been at the forefront of bringing renewable energy to the marketing industry. We not only have powered our own plants with wind energy, but created a cooperative group that comprised a half-dozen other firms in our space to do the same. As a result, we have saved tens of thousands of gallons of oil as well as eliminated more than 1 million pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere. For these efforts, we have been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Pickens and Agassi are impressive because they are not waiting for the US Congress to act to make renewable energy initiatives easier. Neither should we. Each of us in our own way, either personally or organizationally, can do our share to reduce our dependence on oil by moving to renewable energy. My firm, Grossman Marketing Group, decided that the best way to do this is to use wind power to produce all of our marketing materials. Our efforts have been endorsed by some of our country’s most reputable environmental organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters and the National Park Foundation. In addition, many of the nearly 100 clients that have produced their materials with us bearing our proprietary wind power logo have received positive feedback in the marketplace for doing so.
It is incumbent upon us in the marketing industry to do our part to fight global warming and the country’s addiction to oil, and we believe wind power is the best way to make that a reality.