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American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit Introduction

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Introduction video for the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit.

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The video opens with an aerial city view as the sun rises, then cuts to time lapse photos of a highway at night.

Caption: Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of America, Former CEO of DuPont.

Chad Holliday: If as a country we focused on energy we'd be amazed as to how many other problems suddenly start getting a lot better.

Caption: Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Robert Atkinson: The reason it's so important to invest in clean energy manufacturing now is that there is this global race for clean energy advantage. 

The video shows footage of solar panels in a field, followed by several wind turbines in front of mountains.

Chad Holliday: We can be the leader in making these more efficient and renewable systems.  That could be one of our greatest export products in the future.

Rows of large satellite dishes appear, followed by a microchip, and then flames.

Robert Atkinson: The U.S. offers a number of different advantages for manufacturing.  One is the largest market in the world.  Second we have relatively low cost today.  We have lower energy costs.  Our labor costs for manufacturing are lower than many other countries like Germany and Japan.  And third we have a good technology infrastructure.  We can put all of those things together to provide a very strong and attractive package for manufacturers who want to invest in this country. 

The video shows a man adjusting the computer settings for a large machine. The video cuts to a woman working on a water heater in a factory's assembly line.

Robert Atkinson: For the last 20 years there's been a view in the U.S. that all we need to do is innovate.  We don't need to worry about making, and now that view has been challenged, correctly so, where we have to make and innovate.

Footage of three-dimensional printers appear on screen.

Chad Holliday: We tie together three processes: design, innovation, and manufacturing.  And as we think of those as one integrated process we are much more powerful.

The video shows two men looking at a computer in front of large machinery.

Eric Spiegel: About 70 percent of all the research and developing in the world is spent around manufacturing intensive businesses and companies like Siemens another big global manufacturers like to co-locate R&D with manufacturing close to their customers. 

Footage of a man working with a robotic arm is shown, followed by two women looking through microscopes, and then an NREL fuel cell electric vehicle driving in front of mountains.

Eric Spiegel: That's because it really drives the innovation process much faster.  The U.S. still has the best research and development universities and national laboratories in the world. So for most of these areas of advanced manufacturing the U.S. is going to be a place to develop a lot of that. 

The video shows a man working on a computer.

Eric Spiegel: There's a lot of talk out there that we have a skills gap.  We like to say there's a training gap.

Footage of a man studying appears on screen.

Robert Atkinson: You look at the leading manufacturing countries of the world, whether they're Japan or Germany or Austria; they are all based on a strong private sector combined with a strategic public sector in public/private partnerships.

The video shows footage of a young woman in a laboratory.

Chad Holliday: We have strength from our research universities.  The secret for industry is to partner directly with them building the personal relationships so that professor can go over and teach a couple courses with the company.  And the company can go over and spend a half day with a professor.

Robert Atkinson: So if we don't have these kinds of public/private partnerships here in America we're just going to get left behind. 

Chad Holliday: It's very important regionally to get everybody in the room and be talking about them so people can actually take some concrete steps.

The video cuts to footage of a wave simulation machine, followed by a crane swinging over a body of water.

Eric Spiegel: If we want to have a clean energy environment and a clean energy marketplace we want to be a world leader in those technologies, not only for the U.S. but to export out of the U.S. we have to create some demand here.

Time lapse images of a large ship at dock, being loaded with shipping containers. Next, the video shows a factory with smoke stacks, followed by a three dimensional printer.

Chad Holliday: It's up to us though to take advantage of this momentum in our direction in putting the right kinds of manufacturing that can take advantage of that and create the right kinds of jobs for this country.

Footage of wind farms, first in front of a blue sky, then in the snow, and last in front of a sun set is shown.

Eric Spiegel: If you take a look at, for example, the wind market, a lot of the latest innovations and technology developments have occurred here in the U.S.  And a lot of that was made possible because of the product tax credit that was put in place in the U.S. which encouraged more investment here in the U.S. as opposed to offshore.  You've seen tremendous growth in the market.  Those technologies are becoming more and more competitive with traditional energy technologies.  And it's going to drive us toward a cleaner environment.

The video shows an image of a lake nestled in the valley of rugged mountains, followed by solar panels, then wind turbines.

Chad Holliday: We can win this.  We can be a successful competitor in the global market. 

A man filling up his car with hydrogen fuel appears, followed by power lines, then an algae biofuel plant. The video cuts to a man checking a geothermal heat pump, then nuclear power plant, and pipes.

Chad Holliday: Sustainable energy is the golden thread that is the answer to so many of the problems in the world.  It's proven.  It's good common sense.  It can be done safely for the environment, for the people. 

The video shows footage of the sun shining through clouds.

Chad Holliday: And right now it is energy advantage.  It's the right time to do that.

Caption: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.