Friday, November 13, 2009  

Can Alternative Energy Save the Economy and the Climate?

BRIGHTON, Colo. – The low-carbon economy has already arrived on the windy prairie north of this fast-growing Denver ‘burb. It’s here that Danish wind-turbine giant Vestas converted 298 acres of hayfield into the West’s largest turbine factory – and turned Brighton into a magnet for “green” energy companies.

It’s part of a $1 billion investment by the company in the United States, what Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter touts as a “new energy economy.”

“We have a caseload of 56 prospects. Of those, a majority are energy-related industries,” said Raymond Gonzales, president of the Brighton Economic Development Corporation. “People are looking. They’re not slowing down. And they’re aggressively looking at the United States.”

Some say these efforts – not the upcoming Copenhagen climate treaty talks – provide the most promising route to energy independence, climate change mitigation and job creation.

Regardless of whether delegates emerge next month with a comprehensive replacement for the Kyoto Protocol, industry’s full-throttle acceleration toward a low-carbon future will continue, they say.

Vestas isn’t the only company spending millions of its capital. Several utilities are investing some $1 billion on an industrial-scale carbon capture and storage tests at coal plants in Wisconsin, West Virginia and Oklahoma. The race to perfect the batteries that will power the next generation of automobiles and buses has manufacturers in Europe, the United States and China scurrying to build plants and research centers.

“The vast majority of the utility industry (has) pretty much accepted the reality that CO2 is something they have to cope with,” said Revis James, director of the energy technology assessment center for the Electric Power Research Institute, or EPRI, a California-based nonprofit that helps drive long-range development and is coordinating carbon capture experiments at coal plants in the Midwest and Southeast.

Failure in Copenhagen won’t “substantially stop what’s going to happen,” James added. “The utilities have to deal with (carbon emissions). They have to respond one way or another.”

Many business leaders and policy analysts counter the status quo – a piecemeal, federated approach to carbon and energy emissions – doesn’t carry enough of a signal to produce the revolution required of our economic and energy sectors.

Private-sector investments and regional and local government efforts to boost “green” technology are good, they say. But that’s just the down payment: The transformative change necessary to avoid the worst warming won’t come until the international community firmly sets a global standard in place.

“What you want is something sustainable, predictable and long-term,” said Roby Roberts, spokesman for Vestas Americas. “That’s what you want out of the climate rules, but that’s going to be a few years away.”

Article Continued at

Scientific American, November 13, 2009.

Labels: , , , , ,

Pretty blog, so many ideas in a single site, thanks for the informative article, keep updating more article.
Webdesining course in chennai
# posted by Blogger Naveen S : July 4, 2018 at 11:47 PM
The copy watch is very nice, this is a high-end style with a clear display.Luxury uk Replica Watches I really like this replica watch. The store service is very good, the quality of the watch is very good,Luxury uk Replica hublot watches and the price is very cost-effective. I think I am very cheap and inexpensive.

# posted by Blogger madin : April 26, 2019 at 9:32 PM
This replica moncler children's clothes are of perfect quality and are very comfortable to wear. cheap moncler parka They will wear this dress for children when they go out to travel.replica moncler children vest I recommended this site to my good friends, they are very happy, can buy such cheap moncler children's clothes

# posted by Blogger madin : May 29, 2019 at 7:44 PM
The store has been solving problems for me, the service is very patient, this is a perfect shopping experience.replica giuseppe zanotti shoes When I received the giuseppe zanotti shoes, I thought it was a good copy of the giuseppe zanotti sneakers.replica giuseppe zanotti men sneakers I like this online store, this giuseppe zanotti shoes are simple and generous. Very satisfied with this purchase.

# posted by Blogger madin : August 29, 2019 at 7:19 PM
Learned a lot from your post and it is really good. Share more tech updates regularly.thanks for your information really good and very nice web design company in velachery

# posted by Blogger divi : August 30, 2019 at 2:53 AM
Copying the watch is very nice, this is a high-end style. Best UK Swiss Replica Watches Sale I really like this replica watch. The store service is very good, the quality of the watch is very good,Replica rolex cellini watches and the price is very cost-effective, I think it is very cheap, good quality and low price.

# posted by Blogger csyan : September 23, 2019 at 1:11 AM
My boyfriend likes to copy watches. When you buy it back, Best Luxury Watches Online this gorgeous replica watch is amazing. The watch design and function are very fresh and elegant. The quality is relatively perfect. swiss made replica watches uk This copy watch is very special, the quality is very good, the price is very cheap

# posted by Blogger csyan : November 5, 2019 at 12:42 AM
La qualità di questa scarpa replica è perfetta,repliche fendi sneakers è molto comoda da indossare e non è troppo stanca per indossare queste scarpe quando viaggi. Raccomando questo sito ai miei buoni amici,repliche fendi uomo sneakers sono molto contenti, puoi comprare scarpe fendi così economiche

# posted by Blogger csyan : November 27, 2019 at 8:58 PM

This content of information has
helped me a lot. It is very well explained and easy to understand.
seo training classes
seo training course
seo training institute in chennai
seo training institutes
seo courses in chennai
seo institutes in chennai
seo classes in chennai
seo training center in chennai

# posted by Blogger Ravi : January 31, 2020 at 5:07 AM

You write this post very carefully I think, which is easily understandable to me. Not only this, but another post is also good. As a newbie, this info is really helpful for me. Thanks to you.
Tally ERP 9 Training
tally classes
Tally Training institute in Chennai
Tally course in Chennai
# posted by Blogger Ravi : January 31, 2020 at 5:07 AM
Tips for buying a copy here. Top Quality Replica Rolex UK People spend a lot of time searching on the Internet, where there are many replicas of famous designer brands on sale,Perfect Replica rolex day-date watches and we can be sure that they are of high quality and quality.

# posted by Blogger csyan : April 8, 2020 at 1:18 AM
hay man great post i am searching for immobilier etats unis i see your post and i cant stop me to read this post full great work do much batter in future
# posted by Blogger immobilier etats unis : May 14, 2020 at 1:37 AM
This copy of Moncler clothes is of perfect quality and is very comfortable to moncler jackets Wear this clothes when you travel, and you will not get tired.fake moncler puffer coats jackets mens I recommend this website to my good friends, they are very happy to be able to buy such cheap Moncler clothes

# posted by Blogger csyan : November 9, 2020 at 11:26 PM

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Subscribe to Posts [Atom]


May 2009   June 2009   September 2009   October 2009   November 2009   December 2009   November 2010   December 2010   January 2011   February 2011