A lot of global energy went into the creation of a new international agency that aims to promote a clean and green world — but many environmentalists fear the effort may not be enough.
Inter Press Service reports that some 75 nations endorsed the creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January — excepting China and the United States, the world’s biggest polluters.
Funding and staffing is also a concern. IRENA’s $25 million budget is just a tenth of that of Greenpeace International, according to the environmental advocacy group.
There is also a question about how much clout IRENA can have without official status as a United Nations organization.
Environmentalists say the key issue for IRENA and other environmental groups is to convince world leaders that renewable energy is the best way to confront challenges such as global warming, dwindling natural resources and increasing fossil fuel prices.
— Ronnie Lovler/Newsdesk.org
“Clean and Green Gets a New Champion”
Inter Press Service, February 11, 2009
This is such a good idea! Renewable energy is a BIG deal when you are trying to conserve Earth’s resources! RECYCLE people! It’s really not that hard!
There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources. Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up. OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV’s instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. http://www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com