A Tragic Paradox

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.

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Insane? Or Irrational? . . . Or?

The International Energy Agency (IEA), a well-recognized authority in such matters, has categorically stated that no more than one-third of proven fossil fuel reserves can be consumed prior to 2050 if the word is to reduce GHG emissions and limit global warming to 2 degrees C.  So for the environmental health of this planet, two-thirds of proven fossil fuel reserves must be left unexploited.

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The International Energy Association

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) was established in 1974, with a mandate to promote “sustainable energy policies that spur economic growth and environmental protection in a global context – particularly in terms of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to climate change.” One of the IEA’s proposals for reducing GHG emissions appears to have influenced … Read more…