National Irresponsibility in Energy Policy
It’s a frustrating time for those of us who follow the internationalenergy news and try to get the big picture on the slow migration torenewables. The biggest single problem, of course, is that we live on aplanet with almost 200 sovereign countries each with autonomy to createof its own energy policy — or simply avoid the issue entirely, likewe’ve done here in the US. And often, failure of a big country to actresponsibly in this space is taken as an invitation for another countryto behave irresponsibly as well.
Today we learned that Japan has postponed or even scrapped itsnational cap-and-trade plan, due to go into effect in 2013 because ofintense lobbying by powerful business interests and because the measurehas yet to make headway in other key countries.
Where is all this taking us? Are we to blame the Australia’s flood“of biblical proportions” (waters 30 feet above normal) on globalclimate change? I honestly don’t know. But as usual, I urge any of thenew GOP administration in Washington who may be climate change denierssimply to adopt any of the other five or six good reasons to acceleratethe pace at which we move away from fossil fuels.
Craig Shields is the editor of the fast-growing website2GreenEnergy. Craig and his associates in clean energy business and technology publish industry interviews, technology analysis, scientific and engineering research, while offering consulting and investment services for the business of renewable energy.
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