Greenpeace is positive by saying: “The Energy [R]evolution will pay off in savings and jobs”. Besides, it solves the problem of Climate Change.
Here in Spain more than 50% of young people are unemployed, a similar situation begins to show in other European areas. What we need is jobs – and green energy. Greenpeace has recently published its Energy [R]evolution explaining how leaving fossil fuels behind is good for all of us. The new report “shows that investing an annual US$1.2 trillion in new power plants up to 2050, will lead to US$1.3 trillion in fuel cost savings per year. Simply put, the investments will pay for themselves in the long-term.” Now, of course politics hasn’t shown to be much about the long-term investments, right? But the problems we are facing today: unemployment, raising poverty, global warming, the destruction of nature and whatever comes with it are problems which do need a bit of foresight.
If it’s about people and votes: this is good news because that’s what politicans get when they create jobs. But if we talk business we are in teh same old lobby story told some many times before. Now which one of the two should be more important?
The report asks: “Will we look into the eyes of our children and confess that we had the opportunity but lacked the courage, that we had the technology but lacked the vision?” Right now, that’s how it looks like because we are desperately trying to overcome Peak Oil by drilling in impossible places like the Arctic instead of realizing that it’s time to move on.
The report talks only about fossil fuels but also about facing out nuclear energy and introducing renewables. It also “incorporates new demand and transport projections, new constraints for the oil and gas pathways and techno-economic aspects of renewable heating systems.” Would we follow the plan layed out by Greenpeace and its partners “by 2050, CO2 emissions would be more than 80% lower than in 1990.”
You can find the report here.