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Vinod Khosla

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  • Turned his eye to clean technology, investing in start-ups involved in solar electric technology, batteries, ethanol and coal gasification.
  • He has become a vocal advocate of ethanol over other transportation fuels, attracting criticism along the way. His view is that ethanol is the most realistic replacement for gasoline in the U.S., if manufacturers build new "flex-fuel" cars that can run gasoline or ethanol. That's something already happening on a large scale in Brazil, for instance.

"First, I do care about the environment, but I was also looking at how you get large payback. Essentially, all the environment stuff in the past was based on the idea that you should get a subsidy, or you should do it because it's good to do. It's great to do good stuff--it feels great. But you can't do anything at scale until it meets a "return on investment" objective for Wall Street. "

  • From lobbying in Washington to luring more big-money investors, Khosla has become one of the most influential biofuels evangelists in the world.
  • He is known to have invested heavily in ethanol companies, in hopes of widespread adoption. He cites Brazil as an example of a country who has totally ended their dependence on foreign oil.

 

 

 

 

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