The 21st Century's Version of the Space Race

By Jay Lauf

From the mid-to-late 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union largely took their battle for world dominance to space, leading to landing the first man on the moon to Star Wars. And now the next great race between two superpowers is on, says Senator Amy Klobuchar, who shared her insights at The Atlantic's fourth annual Green Intelligence Forum, yesterday. 


Klobuchar continued to explain that the U.S. is competing against China to be the first to develop innovative energy solutions. She also added that the U.S. needs to make, invent and export in order to lead in the race. 

I have been following live on-the-ground Twitter updates from our freelance correspondent, Amy Southerland, and by using the hashtag #gif2011. We also have been using Storify to help aggregate #gif2011 tweets, allowing us easily to share GIF highlights with our readers. 

Our readers and I will be able to continue to follow the event today as day two wraps. The second day examines green intelligence through the framework of sustainable cities. The programming also includes a keynote address from urbanist Richard Florida, a panel discussion on healthy cities and communities, and a film screening and discussion of the Revenge of the Electric Car. 

Green Intelligence Forum could not be possible without the support of our underwriters, AT&T, Boeing, The Legacy Foundation, Shell, and Xylem Inc, and we thank them for their support. 

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