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Similarly, national leaders in the developing world – where some 3 billion people do not have access to affordable energy – are under immense pressure to deliver standard-of-living improvements.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for example, has called for global public investment in clean energy.A Global Apollo Program would help the world reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions and cut its energy bills. Currently, only 2 percent of the world's investment in research and development is allocated to clean energy. The Global Apollo Program would double these investments and coordinate the effort to bridge the technological gaps, bringing forward the day when we could eliminate coal and other carbon-intensive fuels.The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris must produce an agreement to introduce a price on carbon worldwide. But that approach will not work without a coordinated strategy to reduce the cost of carbon-free energy. If countries sign up to the Global Apollo Program as part of the agreement in Paris, the meeting might just mark one giant leap for mankind in the fight against climate change.
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