The IEA has fallen to the warmists: “With renewables we can contain consumption” so “renewables” aren’t “replacement” power but deliberate rationing strategies. van der Hoeven also betrays the fact she is a warmist with “we can contain climate warming at 2°C – if the big users act now”. Read her absurd anti-energy screed delivered as head of the International Energy Agency:
The world’s energy system is being pushed to breaking point, and 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.
This is the message the International Energy Agency will deliver on Wednesday in London at the Clean Energy Ministerial, a meeting of ministers and representatives of nations that together account for four-fifths of world energy demand. In a new report we find that achieving a more secure, sustainable energy system, in line with the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2C, is still possible but requires urgent action by the world’s major governments.
The present 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; under current policies we estimate energy use and CO2 emissions will increase by a third by 2020, and almost double by 2050. This would probably send global temperatures at least 6C higher within this century.
It doesn’t have to be this way. One need only look at the recent progress made by a portfolio of renewable technologies to see that rapid technological change is possible. In particular, the output from onshore wind power has grown by 27% annually over the past decade. Solar panels easily installed by households and businesses (known as solar PV) have grown 42% annually, albeit from a small base.
But other technologies with great potential for energy and emissions savings are making much less progress. Vehicle fuel-efficiency improvement is slow in many countries, and manufacturers’ sales projections for electric vehicles after 2014 are a fraction of government targets. Carbon capture and storage is not seeing the rate of investment needed to develop full-scale demonstration projects. In addition, half of new electricity demand has been met by coal; and to make things more challenging, 50% of those new coal-fired power plants are still being built with inefficient technology. All these trends are going in the wrong direction.
Every day that goes by without action means higher costs down the road. Fortunately, the ministers gathering this week in London have the power to encourage investment, innovation and reform. With that in mind, we offer three key recommendations.
First, level the playing field for clean energy technologies. This means ensuring that energy prices reflect the “true cost” of energy – accounting for the positive and negative impacts of energy production and consumption. It also means removing fossil fuel subsidies (which were at $409bn worldwide in 2010, against the $66bn allotted for renewable energy support), while ensuring all citizens have access to affordable energy.
Second, unlock the potential of energy efficiency, the “hidden fuel” of the future. The IEA has developed 25 energy efficiency policy recommendations that, if implemented globally now, could cumulatively save about 7.3 gigatonnes of CO2 a year by 2030. That’s equivalent to Europe’s current energy bill, or about €850bn a year. Governments should commit to applying these measures as soon as possible.
And finally, accelerate energy innovation and public support for research, development and demonstration. This will help lay the groundwork for private sector innovation and speed technologies to market.
The ministers meeting this week have an incredible opportunity before them. It is my hope that they heed our warning of slow progress and act to seize the security, economic and environmental benefits clean energy transition can bring.