Part of her post is particularly resonant for the biofuels industry
Big companies play an important role, too, in this healthy, diverse business ecosystem. They help amplify - through acquisition, licensing, or even copying - the impacts of successful ideas.
Just as dangerous as cultivating a monoculture is picking a "winner" prematurely.
In the recent green energy debate, for example, the U.S. chose to subsidize corn ethanol as the winning new clean fuel, giving $7.0 billion in subsidies in 2006 alone.
Through premature decision making, have we thwarted cheaper and cleaner competitors?
What we should have done, and still can, is to encourage innovators developing a wide range of fuel-alternatives including wind, algae, solar, methanol, and so on. Government should make available research funding, infrastructure, education, incentives, and regulations for the outcome we want, and let the market decide.
Surely we have to agree with the last statement.
The way ahead should be to let a thousand biofuel flowers/algae/non-food crops/waste streams bloom.