In 1974 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development sponsored the formation of the Paris-based International Energy Agency to develop policy and solutions in the face of events such as the 1973 oil crisis. Canada has been a member since 1974.
The IEA’s mandate has expanded to include the environment as well as energy policy and economic development. In part this expansion is a result of the growing recognition of the risks of global warming. For the same reason the IEA has become more active in the development of renewable energy, and is now a trusted advisor on this source.
Some sceptics criticize international bodies whose mandate includes climate change on the ground they are staffed by socialist-tainted bureaucrats, whose jobs are secure as long as the so-called global warming continues. The IEA is one organization that has escaped such criticism, perhaps because its reports and recommendations demonstrate a high-degree of political sensitivity. Whether the IEA will now attract the cricitism from such sources in the face of its hard-hitting analysis of the climate crisis remains to be seen.