In a world where nothing seems to happen unless somebody, somewhere, gets really rich for signing papers, there is finally hope for global environmental health. A new joint report has been released by the European Renewable Energy Council and Greenpeace. This report states, among other things, that the U.S. could create electricity consistent with rising demand and save $180 billion annually by building infrastructure for renewable energy sources. Globally, this would require an annual $22 billion investment increase for renewable energy infrastructure. This all makes so much sense one wonders why the financial backing is not there already.
It is important for humanity at large to consider renewable electricity now. This decade, emerging economies found in China, India and Brazil are rapidly requiring new energy infrastructure to power the growth of their countries. Everyone else in the world should want these emerging economies to be powered on renewable energy sources rather than coal and fossil fuel energies.
Without a real commitment to renewable energy technologies, this planet will pay a dire financial cost in addition to the incredible cost in human lives. Imagine coast lines disappearing, the disruption of hundreds of coastal ports and communities, massive influxes of environmental refugees fleeing floods, and of course, all the rioting and lawlessness that would erupt. Take all that in, sit back in your chair and think about how much money would be lost in financial markets in that situation.
There is hope to mitigate this situation by beginning the switch to real renewable energy infrastructure. This will lessen the global warming trend in the short term and reverse it in the long term. The financial benefits will be real because countries like North America will not have have to import as much foreign oil, which will keep more money and investment potential in our country rather than giving it away to other countries.
If you want to read this report and find out about the organizations that sponsor it, then please visit Energy [R]evolution [www.energyblueprint.info]. Also, you may consider writing your representatives and asking them to make renewable energy happen. You might find that promising your vote in return for action on renewable energy is a very persuasive argument.