In his pivotal book, Fusion Capitalism, conservative businessman Steve Melink says the seriousness of climate change has reached the point where Republicans need to stop denying the science and to start embracing the many solutions available. “The reality is that climate change is a far greater existential threat to humankind than the coronavirus, and the longer we wait the more harm we will inflict on our children and future generations,” he states.
The good news is that our American values and economic system is ideally suited to turn this epic problem into the greatest opportunity of the 21st Century. Clean energy technologies such as solar and wind power, as well as battery storage and electric vehicles, are already the fastest growing industries in the world. And if we stop subsidizing fossil fuels and put a price on carbon, we will lead and win the Clean Energy Revolution.
Not only will this mitigate the worst scenarios of climate change and save millions of lives and trillions of dollars in property damage over the coming decades, the Clean Energy Revolution will improve our national and global economy, security, and health. For these strategic reasons and cumulative benefits, Steve argues that sustainability should be added to our pantheon of national values, along with freedom, equality, and justice.
Steve relates his personal journey of climate change awakening and invites readers to become better informed without the baggage of political bias. In fact, conservatives have a proud history of protecting the environment and human life which depends on it. For this reason, Steve makes the case that both Democrats and Republicans have far more in common on this issue than they currently acknowledge. It’s time to rise above politics and corporate greed and finally unite around the common good we all want for our children and the future.
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"Steve’s book is a fresh and inspirational take on how conservative values and clean energy are perfectly aligned. The tired, old arguments of the past that clean energy costs too much or does not work have been long refuted. It’s time for conservatives to rally around a U.S. commitment to win the war on climate change."
"Fusion Capitalism should be in the hands of every Governor, U.S. Senator, House Representative, and State Lawmaker in America. Climate change is fast approaching the point of no return, and clean energy is the proven, practical, and profitable solution. Let’s reach across the aisle and work together as a human family to not only save the world but make it a healthier and more prosperous one for future generations."
"Steve’s heartfelt passion for growing the tent of bipartisan advocates for the clean energy economy and sustainability is deeply inspiring. The collective future of our nation and our world depends on everyone embracing long-term growth and prosperity over short-term interests. Steve’s commitment to leaving the world a better place for future generations is evident by both his actions as well as his leadership as the Founder & CEO of the Melink Corporation. I am grateful for Steve’s influence in this movement and for modeling true market transformation for all of us."
"In addition to building a nationally-recognized business helping commercial clients improve their profitability through energy efficiency and renewable energy, Steve Melink has been a true civic leader across the industrial Midwest heartland in advocating the economic and wealth-creation opportunities associated with accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy. With Fusion Capitalism, Steve illuminates how to integrate strong business acumen with a values-based philosophy to create a better future for customers, employees, owners and society."
"Steve brings his real life storytelling style and passion for the environment to a critical issue for all of us – how do we carve a path to the future in between the traditional stereotype of right wing fiscally conservative anti-environment republicans, and left wing big government pro-environment liberal democrats. The truth, and the right course of action for our world, is always somewhere in between. A must read!"
"Steve has been my mentor and friend for nearly fifteen years. He’s taught me that business should serve a greater good beyond just profits. In Fusion Capitalism, Steve provides a framework for solving humanity’s greatest problem and opportunity – climate change. Therefore, it’s a must read for conservatives, especially, who are ‘challenged’ on this issue. This matter is not partisan – it’s a moral imperative upon which we are reaching a tipping point. Can Americans on both sides of the aisle rise to the challenge? Can we lead the Clean Energy Revolution? Read this book and learn from one of the best."
"For Christian businessman Steve Melink, it's all about the 3 P's... people, profit, planet. In his new book, Fusion Capitalism, he advocates for a clean energy revolution grounded in principles he learned growing up in a conservative household in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Like Teddy Roosevelt, Melink ties his commitment to protecting the natural world to the true meaning of conservatism. Embracing a clean energy future is "completely in line with American principles, family values and conservative ethics" he argues. As the major political parties battle over climate change and energy policy, Fusion Capitalism shows conservatives how to create jobs, improve public health, drive innovation and preserve our planet for future generations - an agenda that could give the Republican Party a competitive future."
"This book makes a compelling business case for a zero-energy future in the building industry. We don’t have to wait until 2030 or 2040; we can start doing this now. The technologies and best practices are available and cost-effective. In fact, Steve has shown at his new HQ2 that the cost premium to go zero-energy was less than 10% over a conventional building. Given this, every home and building owner in America should be thinking about this opportunity. Our company was proud to work side by side with Steve to help advance his vision for a brighter future. He’s a true pioneer and leader. And his building is a model for the world to see."
"In Fusion Capitalism, Steve intertwines a deeply personal account of his life experience with wisdom gained through a successful professional career. The central argument – that environmentalism and conservatism are inextricably linked – is a message that needs to be heard. For too long we have allowed politics and partisanship to dictate our views on climate change, when in fact addressing these challenges will require the kind of vision that policymakers rarely possess. In laying out “A Conservative Platform for America’s Clean Energy Future” Steve not only draws on the key elements of his argument, he also creates an ambitious, yet achievable, framework for moving forward. Fusion Capitalism is a book that will enlighten and inspire people across the ideological spectrum to take up the cause of a clean energy future."
"Steve Melink lays out a vision based on his traditionally conservative Midwestern values: faith, family, community, entrepreneurial passion, and stewardship. His own fusion of these values creates a compelling argument for a conservative embrace of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Fusion Capitalism provides both the rationale and the plan to take on the challenge of climate change."
"Steve is a pioneer and visionary in Ohio’s business community. He was one of the first to see the Clean Energy Revolution coming, and instead of just joining it, he decided to help lead it. He has enjoyed great commercial success as a result, but more importantly become a respected thought leader across our State and throughout the quickly-changing energy sector. Fusion Capitalism book should be required reading for every government and business leader in the country."
"Ethical and effective leaders marshal their resources to grow the triple bottom line: People, Profit, Planet. In Fusion Capitalism Steve offers a rational prescription and call for action to conservative leaders. He argues (successfully) that it is time for stewards of organizations to maximize the good for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. Hey Leaders, the sun is shining... it's time!"
"Steve Melink is a practical, conservative businessman – a leader who understands what the future looks like. For over a decade Steve and his company have helped the Cincinnati Zoo grow our efficiency and sustainability program, enabling us to become recognized as “the greenest zoo in America.” Fusion Capitalism makes a business case for clean energy that even Fox News watchers will embrace."