Wednesday, January 18, 2012

“Arab Spring” needed for the Environment

Bill Richardson: We Need an “Arab Spring” for the Environment
January 18th, 2012 - Former Energy Secretary and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has spent the last few days in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit discussing renewable energy and sustainability issues with world leaders and luckily for us, a few bloggers.

Our conversation this morning was a mostly optimistic look at the inevitability of renewable energy’s rise to dominance – and the various roadblocks and catalysts along the way. We all admired, in particular, the wisdom that the United Arab Emirates has had with regards to prioritizing r&d in renewable energy despite being overflowing with fossil fuel wealth. By hosting massive conferences on the subject and by creating renewable energy companies like Masdar, the UAE has made a very skillful move to become a center of renewable energy innovation. Even in the US, increased costs, political instability, price fluctuations, and a growing environmental consciousness indicate that fossil fuels’ singular dominance will eventually wane, despite our rather meek political commitment to the fact.

That’s not news to anyone reading TriplePundit, so I asked the Governor what kind of role government can and should play in moving things along. read more>>>

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