why tiny barbados is beating us on the road to green energy
This time it was due to uncertainty about the fate of major producers such as Russia and Iraq.
Gas stations and grocery stores are expected to pay more in the coming months, as from transportation to manufacturing to our oil --
The intensive agricultural system is a puppet waving on the strings of this unstable commodity.
Have we not participated in this exercise before? A crisis --
Usually in the Middle East--
The rise in oil prices.
Inflation is rising and economic growth is shrinking.
At that time, we will hear the call for energy independence again.
The recent boom in natural gas has flooded the market with cheap energy, which has somewhat offset these recent calls. But the U. S.
There is still a great distance from energy independence.
Because energy independence is not just about producing enough fossil fuel for the time being.
True energy independence is freeing us from dependence on fossil fuels, which are destroying our environment and keeping our economy hostage to events outside our borders.
This is the message I heard when I visited Barbados last month.
I was surprised to see solar panels and water heaters emerge from thousands of brightly colored private homes across government buildings, hospitals, police stations, bus stops and the island of Caribbean.
I shouldn\'t be surprised.
The traditional price of electricity in the Caribbean is more than four times what we have in the United States. S.
Part of the reason is the high transportation cost of Venezuelan crude oil, which supplies fuel to power plants in the region.
For Barbadians, the cost savings of solar energy have become very obvious and must not be missed.
A hot water heater that retails for $2.
300, in less than two years, pay your own expenses with a lower electricity bill.
It\'s not just consumers who notice the huge changes in solar energy.
Industries like the island\'s only desalination plant are installing large photovoltaic arrays to help pay for their own electricity bills.
William Hinds, solar energy advocate and consultant for the government of Barbados, told me that there are already enough private investors in Barbados who want to produce solar energy, and that the country will turn to 100% solar energy in less than a decade, even without government subsidies, free markets can only rely on their own means.
However, the free market rarely leaves its own equipment.
Even in Barbados, due to reasonable concerns about the stability of the grid, industry has limited the amount of solar energy it can produce.
There are real technical challenges in integrating intermittent power sources such as wind energy and solar energy into the grid while maintaining the stability of the systems that need to be addressed.
In an address of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
On June, Barbados Prime Minister Stuart held World Environment Day at Independence Square in Bridgetown, promising that by the end of the next decade, 29% of the island\'s energy will come from renewable sources.
It is not difficult to achieve this goal.
There is not only plenty of sunshine on the island, but also a year.
A circular wind that runs a wind turbine.
The government of Barbados is also studying the use of tidal energy and the introduction of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
A technology that uses the temperature difference between the cool deep sea and the warm deep sea to generate electricity.
The government of Barbados commissioned a green economy-wide study in cooperation with UNEP, which was released in Bridgetown last month, these include information on how to make the island\'s agriculture, fisheries, transportation and energy systems more sustainable.
For the sake of safety, Barbados has been relatively slow on its way to a green economy. But the U. S.
The utilities and fossil fuel industries in the United States often cite the challenge of incorporating wind and solar energy into the grid as a reason for not fully exploiting our renewable energy potential.
Do we believe that a country that sent people to the moon and created the Internet cannot figure out how to integrate alternative power sources into the grid?
Germany has already done so;
Italy, Belgium, the Czech Republic and other European countries are moving in that direction.
On the road to green energy independence, even small Barbados is ahead of us.
Of course, it is difficult and expensive to overhaul our power system.
But soon after, our initial investment will be rewarded with lower electricity bills and a cleaner environment.
Accelerating the new green economy will create more jobs than it will eliminate, and as Barbados has already happened, Barbados is now the fourth largest manufacturer of solar water heaters in the world.
One might argue that on a small island, there is a surplus of alternative energy resources like the sun, wind and tide, and green is relatively easy.
But in some ways, it\'s actually harder than in the US. S.
The Galle islands often lack technical resources and funds to transform their power infrastructure.
As their demand for electricity is relatively small, many private companies are reluctant to invest in it. The U. S.
On the other hand, with cash, technology and knowledge
How easy it is.
There is no doubt that in our own southwest there is more sunshine than in the Caribbean every year.
And states like NE and Kansas that sweep the Midwest will pay off the island\'s steady winds of faith.
In addition, the cost of alternative energy is falling rapidly.
New power generation in the United States is as high as 49%. S.
From renewable sources in 2012, the figure will only rise as prices for solar and wind technologies continue to fall.
Critics argue that while the price of renewable energy is falling, it is still higher than our spending on traditional energy.
This may be true in the United States. S. at the moment.
The boom in the gas market has kept our energy prices down.
The fact is that we do not pay real prices for the electricity we use, including the cost of carbon pollution and other forms of environmental degradation resulting from the extraction and use of fossil fuels.
Global warming will be a hell.
The price when the temperature rises by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.
Higher than pre-6 Fahrenheit
Level of industry)
As predicted by the latest IPCC report,
If we continue our current trajectory, it will be a century.
But, according to the International Monetary Fund, even with these rising environmental costs, the federal government is subsidizing half a trillion dollars in tax relief for the fossil fuel industry every year, making the United StatesS.
The world\'s biggest beneficiaries of the fossil fuel industry.
Of course, renewable energy has also been supported by the government;
Globally, however, fossil fuel subsidies are at least six times higher.
This is meaningless.
We should support technologies that help us curb disruptive climate change, not flames that incite unsustainable fossils --
The fuel habit of driving it.
The bottom line is that the cost of alternative energy is much lower (
When their hidden costs are taken into account)
Than traditional power generation.
This reality has not yet been reflected in real-world energy prices, a mistake of a political system that tends to dirty and dangerous technologies in the past, not the clean energy future that already exists.