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What are Alternative Energy Consultants Saying

Consultants on alternative energies tell us that the transition from an economy that is petroleum-driven to an economy based on alternative fuels will not be easy. Even though the number of new technologies that is being developed has had a definite impact on how we see our economy. The amount of new technologies and infrastructures that still needs to be developed and built is staggering.

Alternative EnergyOne of the leading innovators is Germany who has achieved powering 10% of the entire nation through the use of wind turbines and solar arrays. Today we also have corporation after corporation springing up, helped by various governments’ tax breaks and rebate incentives, trying to get a piece of the pie in the alternative energy field. At the same time access to cheap oil is getting ever closer to being a thing of the past. As a result some think we have been too slow trying to develop alternative energy on the grand scale for so long that we now have to scramble and play catch-up.

Consultants on alternative energy tell us that fossil fuels are poised to become too expensive. And we all know that burning them is polluting the atmosphere, and digging for them is disrupting the natural environment. The consultants tell us we need multilateral, international efforts working with one another looking for ways of getting away from our heavy dependence on fossil fuels. They are telling us we have about 30 years left of reasonably cheap oil and gas and that within 20 years we had better be at least 90% independent of them.

Unfortunately, at the present time the world is mostly not acting as if this is the case. The thirst for oil is growing, not slaking, and it is growing faster now than it did even in the 1970s. One of the major problems of transition, the consultants point out, is that higher oil and gas prices stimulate the economy. The fact is that oil and gas are found and manufactured and transported by huge corporations who employ multitudes of staff workers and contractors. Their huge profits make their stocks lucrative on Wall Street and Wall Street doesn’t like change, so there is huge resistance to this much-needed economic transition.

Alternative, or “green” energy has to become more marketplace friendly, more profitable to investors and would-be employers. It is because of these things that many consultants are saying that we need an international, governments-backed initiative. We are told that we cannot expect the new economy to spring forth overnight, all clean and polished and perfected.

Alternative EnergyEfforts have been started. European leaders signed in March 2007 to a binding EU-wide target to source 20% of their energy needs from renewables, including biomass, hydro, wind and solar power, by 2020. To meet this objective, EU leaders agreed to a new directive on promoting renewable energies, which set individual targets for each member state. Some experts estimate that wind eventually could generate up to 20 percent of the energy used in the United States. Bulgaria has very promising renewable development opportunities. Bulgaria is one of the top countries identified for wind energy development.

Still it remains imperative that the wealthier nations, the US, Japan, Western Europe, and others, be the ones to spearhead this effort to get off their fossil fuel dependency. Smaller, poorer nations are very simply never going to be able to drive this and I am sure they will follow the lead of the bigger nations.

The time for transition from black to green is now.

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