"I never set out to speak truth to power," writes John Elkington, whose unique voice and optimism grace The Elkington Report column.

Speaking truth to power, while a simple phrase, is anything but simple. It has to come from a place of hard-earned personal experience.

Elkington's perspective was shaped in dozens of board meetings where he watched "the relevant agenda item — and me — reduced to ash, bones, gristle and congealing blood. And that was particularly true when I tried to stretch horizons and ambitions beyond incremental solutions to breakthrough, even exponential outcomes." 

Another powerful voice — that of GreenBiz reporter Cassandra Sweet — dismantles the government's argument that "the clean economy kills jobs." Also today, David Crane explains the truism that "it's expensive being poor," and why this is worsening Puerto Rico's devastation in the wake of the recent onslaught of hurricanes. His take on PREPA, the island's power authority, is, as expected, controversial. 

How will the rest of us become strong enough to speak up for the transition to renewable energy? We have our work cut out for us as Scott Pruitt, head of the Trump administration's EPA, peels back the Clean Power Plan, write Starla Yeh and Kevin Steinberger.

There's no truism to predict the way forward in this unusual time. Which is a great opportunity to own our voice and proudly speak our personal truth.

— Anya Khalamayzer, Associate Editor

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David Crane
Rebuilding the island's hurricane-destroyed electricity grid is an unparalleled opportunity, if only we move past rebuilding-as-usual.

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