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IPCC Report Highlights Need for Rapid Shift to Renewable Energy

Not only do we need to make a rapid shift to renewable energy simply to provide a liveable world for our children, our grandchildren and, for the younger amongst us, the latter years of our lives, but, except for the perceived interests of the fossil fuel industry, this could also make the economy boom over the next several decades. Investing 5-10% of annual GDP in crash programs to create a low emissions energy infrastructure to maximize efficiency of resource utilization would be like putting the world on a war footing. This is just a no brainer, except for vested interests. Unfortunately, those interests have a death grip on the existing policy making systems in too much of the world. At the very least we would be helping the ecosystem while putting people back to work.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 02:18:52 PM EST

That's been, pretty much, what I've been telling everyone since the crisis started. Actually, it's even more a no-brainer than you suggest, because at the beginning of the crisis, it would have been particularly helpful to the very people who were hit particularly hard by the crisis, ie people from the building sector.

Their skills would have been immediately useful in making existing buildings far more efficient. At essentially zero cost. We have wasted 7 years and counting at a time when every passing month is a stab to both our present and future.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Apr 18th, 2014 at 04:13:15 PM EST
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