Thursday, July 13, 2006

Taking the Lead on Climate Change? Western Governors' Association

The point of the US having a Federal government continues to allude me.

1. Health care for all would be a good justification for such a system, but this is privatized isn't it?

2. A national army to protect the country-- not a bad idea but the US army is costing its people more than any other service and is being employed offensively...You don't really need tanks and aircraft carriers to defend yourselves from terrorists.

3. Environmental standards/leadership...umm

These thoughts where brough about by developments in the renewable energy arena, developments being lead by the Western Governors' Association (WGA). Leadership is simply lacking from the federal level...any of you thought that your state would be better off without involvement in the corrupt union? There are many countries smaller than individual states.


In April of 2004 the WGA held the North American Energy Summit--as I found out at the Southwark climate summit, the reason for this pretencious name is that a communique comes out of a summit--they have a point. Two months later the governors launched the clean and diversified energy initiative, this initiative lead to three goals being adopted:

1. Develop an additional 30,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2015 from both traditional and renewable sources.

2. Achieve a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020.

3. Ensure a reliable and secure transmission grid for the next 25 years.

Goals having been set an advisory committee was established to find ways of meeting these targets in an affordable and timely manner. The report from the clean and diversified energy advisory committee can now be downloaded from here.

Really, the amount of work that the WGA have carried out is truly impressive. A whole series of their reports are available to download and the cover a broad range of topics from economic instruments to approaches to individual technologies.

This is all so far ahead of where the federal government are that is almost unbelievable. I just hope this work ethic spreads to the other state govornments despite inaction from the top.


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