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The Idealist brings you thoughts from veteran author and journalist Bill Becker and friends on what's wrong and what's right in the world these days, plus how we can make it better. Read about politics, government, national and world affairs, then share your thoughts.

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About the blogger

Bill Becker began his career in journalism at age 19 as an Army combat correspondent in the Vietnam War. He went on to write for the Associated Press, and to publish his own newspaper in rural Wisconsin. His interest in environmental, energy and sustainable community issues began when he proposed and helped execute the relocation of a flood-prone village to higher ground in the late 1970s. The new village became the first solar-heated community in the United States as well as a national pioneer in nonstructural flood control. Since then, Bill has worked with many communities including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and villages in Thailand after the Christmas Tsunami help them recover from natural disasters using sustainable development principles and designs.

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During his eclectic career, Bill has been the executive secretary to the Wisconsin Attorney General, Counselor to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a senior official at the U.S. Department of Energy, specializing in renewable energy. In 2012, Bill proposed and worked with the United Nations on "The Future We Want" campaign prior to and during the UN's international sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro. He serves on several boards and advisory groups, including Mikhail Gorbachev's international Climate Change Task Force. He leads the Presidential Climate Action Project, which he founded in 2007. Bill has written several books and has blogged for Huffington Post. He has lectured around the world on climate change and clean energy.