Revolution According to Greenpeace

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.


6 thoughts on “Revolution According to Greenpeace

  1. Tasmania is the welfare capital of Australia. There are no jobs here and everything is geared at trying to attract mining companies and businesses that will exploit this beautiful place rather than selling it to tourists as a wonderful place to holiday. We need to be helping people start small farms selling things that others want, blueberry farms…I WOULD BUY THEM…sigh…its hard to get ANYTHING through a state governments head that is conditioned (and paid) by big business and is used to taking their directions from corrupt officials and businessmen…

  2. Greenpeace makes an excellent point: that we need to quickly transition away from fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, uranium, gas) for environmental reasons. Their projection though that the transition process will create “23.3 million energy sector jobs in the Energy [R]evolution in 2015” assumes a lot. For example, virtually every economy in the world is almost entirely dependent on petroleum, and there is no foreseeable way for mankind to generate enough electricity to replace the many ways we now use oil. What we need to plan for is an energy-descent economy, not one with no oil, but one with much less. In this future governments, corporations, and individuals will need to plan how to use what precious little oil they have left. In a year or two, as the price of petroleum increases, these choices will be annoying but simple. We will all simply discontinue a few luxuries, or enjoy them less frequently. Later, as the price of oil increases further, our choices will become more difficult. Oil makes everything in our modern lives possible, and as its cost increases we will begin to see many things disappear that we never associated with oil. Large trucks, and imported food items like coffee and chocolate will become extinct species too. In such an economy, we will be embracing skills that our great-grandparents had: by necessity we will learn trades, creating things for ourselves rather than making them cheaply abroad. We will find ourselves learning how to grow foods, learning how to cook, learning how to communicate without electronic devices. In such an economy we cannot wait for industries, even alternative fuel industries, to create employment for us. As oil becomes a smaller part of our lives, we will need to become more resilient, as individuals and most importantly as communities. We will need to create our own livelihoods, contributing to our own happiness and health, rather than wait for a corporation to create a job that allows us to contribute to their profit. The cut-throat, profit and loss, business as we know it days relied on fossil fuels. Without oil, there is no high-impact plastic for solar panels. Without oil, we cannot transport the enormous wind turbines great distances. Instead of considering new ways to make our unsustainable lives more sustainable, we need to redesign our lives. One part of that will be supporting ourselves rather than relying on others for employment.

    • Very important observations, Rob! I think we will see very soon (let’s say in two weeks) how we have to find the solutions ourselves like you say: We will need to create our own livelihoods, contributing to our own happiness and health, rather than wait for a corporation to create a job that allows us to contribute to their profit.

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