Monday, May 9, 2011

IPCC: Renewable Energy Can Power the World

For years I've been asking myself why do we as a people (as in the government is us) invest major amounts in non-renewable, polluting, climate changing energy technologies while leaving table scraps for research and implementation of renewables? The answer, of course, is that unfortunately our government is not OUR government, not a government of the people, but a government of the rich and powerful who reap the benefits of government welfare and free research. Hopefully this report will begin to change the tide towards renewables and away from nuclear, coal, fracting, tar sands, oil shale... and any other unsustainable non-renewable energy source.

According to the IPCC, Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables (solar, geothermal, ocean technologies, wind...) by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows.

The findings, from over 120 researchers working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), also indicate that the rising penetration of renewable energies could lead to cumulative greenhouse gas savings equivalent to 220 to 560 Gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (GtC02eq) between 2010 and 2050.

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