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Meeting the Developing World’s Energy Needs Sustainably

| Thursday March 9th, 2006 | 1 Comment

solarenergy65.jpgOne of my favorite topics is the developing world’s energy needs. If developing nations take the same path toward energy production that we’ve chosen, the whole planet is likely doomed. So, finding a fair solution that makes everyone happy is one of our most pertinent challenges. According to this WBCSD piece, it’s quite possible to meet the developing world’s needs without increasing carbon emissions, but that article doesn’t talk a lot about how to go about doing it. In my opinion, it’s most definitely in the best interest of weatlhy nations to make investments in renewable energy infrasctucture everywhere, not just at home. That’s one way to get going.

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  • kishore

    The so called sustainable energy technologies available today e.g. solar, fuel cells, wind power, tidal, bio etc. are not economical. I.E. they typically do not have a return of investment of three years or less. Wealthy nations have a hard time investing in these technologies in their own countries so you can just forget them investing in the developing world. The government in the US ecourages sustainability and also gives tax credits and there are also financial incentives available from electric and gas utility companies. In spite of all these, these technologies are mostly not economical. So think about a wealthy country contributing tax payers money to a developing county. It’s a pipe dream atleast for now.
    The truth is the developing or the third world countries have increasing needs for energy and these have to be met and the path that will be chosen will be the most economical one. There is not much one can do about it. The truth is that if they dont meet the energy needs somehow, there will be more people dead than the deaths caused by pollution …etc.