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The World Economy does not need Iraqi Oil

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Posted by gfoat on Mar 18, 2003 - 06:27 AM

The World Economy does not need Iraqi Oil International Agency for Renewable Energy to be launched as soon as possible The World Community must now mobilise Renewable Energies for Future Prosperity and Stability A war against Iraq is impending. According to governmental and independent sources, one main aim of this war is to enable the industrialised countries to get the huge oil resources of Iraq under control. Such strategy, however, ignores the big threats of the existing world energy system that excludes hundreds of millions from welfare and creates enormous ecological, economic and political tensions and damages.

Renewable energies are the only realistic alternative offering sufficient, safe and clean energy supply for all parts of the world. These resources are not concentrated in few world regions, but they are available everywhere. The world community must now start serious efforts to mobilise these renewable resources by creating the necessary political commitments. One very important step will be the foundation of an International Agency for Renewable Energy IRENA.

The Iraq crisis shows clearly that the world community must not rely any longer on fossil resources that again lead to severe military conflicts and also harm global environment and climate. There is an abundance of renewable energies in all parts of the world to be used to create new perspectives for the poor countries as well as sustainable perspectives for the rich countries. The sun every day delivers to the earth 15.000 times more energy than mankind today is using commercially.

An essential precondition for a sustainable energy supply is to abolish the enormous subsidies for non-renewable energies. The costs of a war against Iraq could amount only to the USA to up to almost 2 trillion US $ as found out by William D. Nordhaus1, Professor of Economics at Yale University. Instead of spending billions or trillions of dollars on a war against Iraq with enormous risks and probably hundreds 1 William D. Nordhaus, “The Economic Consequences of a War With Iraq,” [1] 2 of thousands of innocent victims, the world community and each national government must now develop strategies to overcome the dependency on fossil resources. Several countries have already launched ambitious programmes to use solar radiation, wind, hydropower and biomass as safe and clean sources of energy and have even created strong renewable energy industries. The technologies to harvest renewable energies must now be transferred to all countries to disseminate worldwide the knowledge how to use renewable energies.

WWEA therefore highly welcomes the initiative to hold an international conference on renewable energies in Bonn, Germany, in spring 2004 and to found an International Agency for Renewable Energies IRENA. Such agency should advise national and international organisations how to introduce renewable energies immediately and it should provide international technology transfer. WWEA encourages all governments and international organisations to support this initiative and to follow those countries that have already made big progress in introducing renewable energies on a large scale.

WWEA itself will hold together with the African Wind Energy Association the second World Wind Energy Conference & Renewable Energy Exhibition in Cape Town/South Africa (23-26 November 2003) in order to focus especially on the developing countries and to develop strategies for the implementation of sufficient and sustainable energy systems relying 100 % on renewable energies especially in these countries.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Preben Maegaard, WWEA President, Tel. +45-97 95-66 00 Stefan Gsaenger, WWEA Secretary, Tel. +49-541-350 60 42 Or have a look at the WWEA homepage: [2]

Information on the World Wind Energy Conference & Renewable Energy Exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa, 23-26 November 2003: [3]

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