Agency Calls for ‘Energy Revolution’

Climate Change / Peak Oil

Sorry to be so quiet here over the past week. I’ve been in North Carolina meeting with representatives of the Moravian Church’s Northern and Southern Provinces to finish up the crafting of a Full Communion agreement between our church and theirs.

I’ll post something about that effort in a bit.

In the meantime, here’s an article from the New York Times that reports on a growing recognition that energy shortages are going to continue to grow, and are going to have a world-wide effect.

“The International Energy Agency, a group that advises industrialized countries, said Friday in a report that investments of at least $45 trillion might be needed over the next half-century to prevent energy shortages and greenhouse gas emissions from slowing economic growth.

Nobuo Tanaka, the agency’s executive director, called for ‘immediate policy action and technological transition on an unprecedented scale.’

Mr. Tanaka said the world would ‘essentially require a new global energy revolution which would completely transform the way we produce and use energy.’

The report sends a strong warning that the combination of growing demand for energy in countries like China and India, the dangers of climate change and the scarcity of resources are going to require huge shifts in the global economy. Countries will have to overcome objections to building nuclear power plants and to storing large amounts of carbon dioxide underground or beneath the ocean floor.”

Read the full article here.

You should follow the link above if, for no other reason, to see the picture that heads the story. It’s a line of chinese motor scooter owners waiting in line in China to find gas for the vehicles.

I’m planning on buying a motor scooter this fall for use here in Phoenix. Perhaps I need to be thinking about an electric one rather than a gas powered one…

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