|Integrated Clean Energy for Peace and Climate|
Here is the problem ICE-PAC must solve
Renewable energy is poised to become a major contributor to the world energy needs. But it has been a long time coming and is still only being considered as a low-end component of conventional fuel energy supplies. If business stays as usual, Clean Energy will remain "alternative" sources of energy for the next century. This is not good.
In the early seventies scientists discovered that fossil fuels, especially coal and oil, were causing a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - they predicted that this would cause climate change and sea level rise and result in widespread ecological havoc.
The scientists didn't even imagine, at the time, that they would see these impacts within their own lifetimes. Last year, when coral reef scientists reached a consensus that warming seas and increased dissolved carbon dioxide have doomed the coral reefs of the world, climate change changed from a hypothesis into an observation.
Fossil fuel and biomass emissions and associated environmental impacts from the oil, gas and coal industries, are causing biological, economical and social havoc.
At the Earth Summit Conference in Rio in 1992, 178 nations agreed to a convention on climate change that required all nations to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions and develop clean energy technologies. But the government representatives were unable to get their nations to live up to these commitments once they returned home from Rio and slid back into their normal political and personal routines.
A river of words on climate change and carbon dioxide reduction has flowed from the conference rooms of the world, but the industrial nations have made almost no progress at all in reducing the rate of increase of fossil fuel use let alone reducing the amount of carbon dioxide production. Nor, for that matter, have the countries been able to slow the cutting and burning of the forests of the world.
The industrial nations have invested pathetic amounts of money in renewable energy and hydrogen power technology. Pathetic. Especially when compared to the trillions of dollars spent on the development - and the environmental costs - of the oil and gas industry. The industry is about to spend US$45 billion to tap small gas and oil pockets in the deep sea (up to 3000 meters). $45 billion. Think what the renewable energy and hydrogen industries could do with an investment of $45 billion dollars. Think what these renewable energy industries could do with the billions of dollars a year the US spends on health problems related to automotive exhausts.
The small island developing states of the world have expressed the view that the industrial nations simply don't seem to understand the message. Most of the scientific community tends to agree with the island people.
The 22 special session of the UN General Assembly agreed with the small island states, too. In September 1999 they said:
"Taking into account the dependency of small island developing States on conventional energy sources, there is a need for mobilization of resources from all sources, including from the private sector, for the provision of technical, financial and technological assistance, as appropriate, to small island developing States, to encourage energy efficiency and to accelerate and maximize the development and utilization of environmentally sound renewable energy sources."
In September, 2000 converting the small island states to 100% renewable energy economies was officially listed in the United Nations Regional Action Plan for Sound Environment and Development 2001-2005 as the primary critical concern for the small island developing states of the Pacific.
If it succeeds, the project will help accelerate the spread of clean, non-polluting, totally renewable hydrogen fuels. Just imagine what it would be like if any nation on Earth - even Tuvalu, a tiny atoll nation only a few meters above sea level - way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - if anyone could make their own fuel. If nations did not have to rely on other nations for their basic energy source, it would be a MUCH more peaceful world.