Skip to comments.IEA Report Advises Governments to Embrace Renewables and Nuclear Power
Posted on 11/14/2011 11:35:07 AM PST by bananaman22
The good news is that on 8 November the International Energy Agency released its 2011 World Energy Outlook.
While it will cheer nuclear advocates, overall the report makes for grim reading.
Pulling no punches, the report states at the outset, There are few signs that the urgently needed change in direction in global energy trends is underway.
Stripped of its cautious language, the IEA report essentially noted that should present trends continue, the worlds governments through a lack of progressive initiative embracing alternative energy sources would continue to rely on tried and true fossil fuels, resulting in increased pollution, more fossil-fuel dependency and increasingly upward energy prices.
For environmentalists, this is all good news, but the report contained a caveat virtually anathema to all green movements, that accordingly, governments should reconsider their reluctance to embrace nuclear power, as it does not generate greenhouse gases. Like many discussions in Western economies since 2008, when the global recession first began to draw blood, the issue of reliable energy production ultimately devolves down to dollars and cents issues.
The grim reality for environmentalists is that no single renewable energy resource, from wind power to solar energy through biofuels, has remotely become competitive with kilowatt hours of electrical energy generated by coal or oil-fired power plants. The debate pits those opposed to a transition to greener technologies to those considering the bottom line, despite greenhouse gas emissions.
Even worse for the environmentalists, the IEA report advocates that Full article: IEA Report Calls for Governments to Embrace Nuclear Power