April 25 News: We Must Deploy Clean Energy Quickly ‘To Avert Potentially Disastrous Consequences’ Warns IEA

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Governments are falling badly behind on low-carbon energy, putting carbon reduction targets out of reach and pushing the world to the brink of catastrophic climate change, the world’s leading independent energy authority will warn on Wednesday. “The world’s energy system is being pushed to breaking point,” Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, writes in today’s Guardian. “Our addiction to fossil fuels grows stronger each year. Many clean energy technologies are available but they are not being deployed quickly enough to avert potentially disastrous consequences.” [Guardian]

Van der Hoeven said: “The current state of affairs is unacceptable precisely because we have a responsibility and a golden opportunity to act. Energy-related CO2 emissions are at historic highs, and under current policies, we estimate that energy use and CO2 emissions would increase by a third by 2020, and almost double by 2050. This would be likely to send global temperatures at least 6C [11F] higher within this century.”

See also IEA: We’re Headed Toward 11°F Global Warming and “Delaying Action Is a False Economy”

Speaking during an automotive conference in Detroit on Tuesday, Jeff Immelt — whose company is a key supplier to automakers producing electric cars — said GE is “committed to long-term development” of alternative-fuel vehicles. The executive shrugged off the perception that electric cars are just novelties and said the industry needs to find solutions to cost and infrastructure challenges. [Reuters]

In February 2007, in his very first presidential campaign visit to New Hampshire, Mitt Romney toured a solar power plant. Unsurprisingly for a politician in such a location, he found some nice things to say about renewable energy. [Salon]

More than 127 million Americans — about 41 percent of the country — still suffer from pollution levels that can make breathing dangerous, according to a new report. [Huffington Post]

Clergy belonging to a group called Interfaith Moral Action on Climate are urging Congress to enact legislation to combat global warming. [Associated Press]

Maine regulators on Tuesday put three utilities on the path to distribute electricity harnessed from tides at the nation’s eastern tip, a key milestone in a bid to turn the natural rise and fall of ocean levels into power. [Washington Post]

At 11:10 a.m. on the dot, a squad of fresh-faced environmental activists bearing ominous black balloons sashayed into Apple’s flagship store on Union Square. [Los Angeles Times]

India is considering establishing a strategic energy fund to finance purchases of overseas assets to help secure raw materials such as coal and crude oil, three government officials said. [Wall Street Journal]

Remaining mangroves in Vietnam face the threat of being razed entirely to make way for a golf course as part of local economic development plans – part of a global development trend that has seen the clearance of as much as 50% of the world’s mangroves over the past half a century. [Guardian]

9 Responses to April 25 News: We Must Deploy Clean Energy Quickly ‘To Avert Potentially Disastrous Consequences’ Warns IEA

  1. Sasparilla says:

    Wow, the IEA is forecasting world yearly CO2 emissions to increase 30% by 2020 (that’s a little less 8 years from now). That’s just astounding when you think about the size of that increase in less than a decade. Nice to see the IEA calling reality out here and not keeping it low volume (where most of the big emitters, USA China etc., would like it kept).

    I hope we reach the tipping point for the US taking action on climate change (probably next decade) before we’ve passed the tipping point for feedbacks to runaway with things.

  2. Paul Magnus says:

    IEA: We’re Headed Toward 11°F Global Warming and “Delaying Action Is a False Economy”

    Its also madness! How can almost every nation ignore the danger? Collective madness.

  3. John Tucker says:

    HUGE natural gas export terminal plans seeking and getting approval:

    Project sponsors are seeking Federal approval to export domestic natural gas ( )

    “Nine project sponsors have applied to DOE for authorization to export domestically produced LNG to free trade agreement (FTA) and non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries, totalling 14.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity.”

  4. Sime says:

    Substitute collective madness for collective greed. Make no mistake the individuals involved in this are not mad they just do not care one jot about you, or anyone else come to that.

    If they were actually mad they would have an excuse but they are not mad and they do not have an excuse, they just fear the changes that are required to solve this problem more than they fear the conciquences of inaction.

  5. Daniel Coffey says:

    I think that the vast majority of people are not looking at the process referred to as “climate change” for what it really is: an unstoppable net accumulation of the sun’s energy into the planet’s environment, oceans, ice and atmosphere. Right now the buffers of ice and ocean are delaying the effects, but that won’t last much longer. There is no off switch once greenhouse gases are released, as the sun is always delivering massive amounts of energy.

    Many environmentalist and political leaders do not have a proper understanding of the fundamental nature, intensity and duration of the resulting effect of placing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. For that reason they do not appreciate the inevitable outcomes.

    Most people know that turning up the heat under a pot of water will lead to warming, even if ice is present. Moreover, when one places a sealed top on the pot, the consequences are much more rapid.

    It’s all about energy accumulation, not just temperature, as ice can absorb huge amounts of energy (80 cal per gram at 32 F) before becoming liquid water at 32 F. That hidden energy sink is especially dangerous because no one knows where in the 80 cal/gram process of phase change (solid to liquid) we are.

    Again, there is a poor appreciation of the true scale of net energy which remaining. For example, the oceans have added the energetic equal of about 64 million Hiroshima atomic bomb explosions each year since 1957.

    In order to change thinking, it is necessary to properly describe the basic nature of the challenge and its outcomes. The overall process is not complicated, and once properly described in correct terms, it becomes far more compelling.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    Antarctic Ice Melting From Below by Warming Ocean

    This could become a real problem soon

  7. prokaryotes says:

    Japan Recommends Preferential Rates for Renewable Energy

    Japan’s proposed incentives for renewable energy will boost solar panel installations and help wean the nation off nuclear power, industry lobby groups and developers said.

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Notice how the global pathocracy is only able to think in monetary terms? However, to have the IEA speaking out is proof that the hour is very late, indeed.

  9. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    What you say, which is all too true, really means that we are already stuffed, and that there is nothing we can do about it. I came to that conclusion some years ago, and did so based on my appreciation of human nature. I believe that our self-destruction has always been inevitable, once we had the technological and scientific means to do so, simply because so many of us operate on a psychological level equivalent in its moral understanding to an arachnid consuming its own offspring.