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Bruce Katz is the vice president and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program for the Brookings Institution. He’s also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and has served under the Obama administration (full bio here). In the following video, he details how “everything is about to change and, frankly, everything is changing” regarding the energy we use.

The migration from carbon fuels to a more sustainable mix will change our infrastructure, the products we buy, and the homes and buildings we inhabit.¬†Katz likens the change to the transformation brought about by the Information Revolution in its far-reaching effects. He notes that “this is a competition” on a global level and questions how the United States will fare when countries like China and Germany are already ahead of us and determined to stay out in front.

Councilman Bill Peduto has worked closely with Katz and the Brookings Institution over the years. He was part of the “Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania” project and was one of only a handful of Pennsylvania elected officials asked to be involved with “Renew PA” in order to help steer recommendations to actions.