Greenpeace maps way to saving Arctic from oil drilling

Jun 05, 2012
An Arctic fox hunts in Svalbard close to Ny-Aalesund, Norway, in 2009. Greenpeace called here Tuesday for more use of renewable energy and greener cars to help protect the Arctic and other areas from being spoiled by oil drilling.

Greenpeace called here Tuesday for more use of renewable energy and greener cars to help protect the Arctic and other areas from being spoiled by oil drilling.

The environmental group launched an "energy roadmap" for cutting oil demand by about 80 percent, especially for transport, by making cars more energy efficient and making wider use of electric mass transit systems.

"There would be no need to exploit the Arctic and other marginal sources of oil, such as the in Canada and offshore oil in Brazil, if more renewable energy powered our vehicles and if much stronger efficiency standards for cars were adopted in Europe and elsewhere," Greenpeace said in a statement.

It called for an investment of $1.2 trillion (965.4 billion euros) a year globally in new up to 2050 to implement its roadmap, noting that the sum amounted to about one percent of the world's annual GDP.

Sven Teske, a Greenpeace expert and co-author of a report titled "," said the industry was quickly improving but that the was dragging its feet on offering the new technologies.

Greenpeace launched the report in the German capital with the European Renewable Energy Council and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the GWEC, said the technology existed to eliminate fossil fuels from the electricity sector by 2050.

He said that if the political will could be mustered, wind power alone could produce about 12 percent of the world's electricity by 2020.

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Cut oil demand by 80 making cars more energy efficient and making wider use of electric mass transit systems.

Sigh...the depressing aspects of statism again...This is all being built on the premise that the public masses in the market don't know any better than the technocrats. I think car companies are trying to make cars more energy efficient(Chevy Volt) and it ain't easy.
It called for an investment of $1.2 trillion a YEAR globally in new power plants up to 2050
And they're saying this in the midst of European austerity along with the approaching austerity in the U.S. Apparently from in side their bubble they think the U.S. and especially Europe haven't regulated themselves enough.
Wind/solar will be viable in the future but none of that magic will happen outside of market forces. In the mean time, there's plenty of hope for oil :)

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