GENI-us Letter 2016-12
48 Developing Nations Commit To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050
IEA: The Radical Shift That's Required To Meet The 1.5°C Warming Target
Dear GENI Friend,
The English expression says, “may you live in interesting times.” We certainly do -- and change is coming. While President-Elect Trump says he'll pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement and dig more coal -- all the other 195 signatories are developing Renewable Energy Roadmaps to cut CO2 emissions by 80% before 2050.
Today, the United States is a leader in wind and solar development, which offers a true business proposition to keep the lights on, employ local engineers and cut greenhouse gases.
Last month in Marrakech, Morocco, leadership by 48 of the poorer nations was inspiring. The Climate Vulnerable Forum nations agreed to become 100% renewable by 2050. These countries and small island states are highlighted (|_|). If these developing nations can make this pledge and follow though, so can many other states.
Today we have three 100% Renewable nations: Iceland, Costa Rica and Norway. It can be done!
To limit the consequences of climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is calling for a “radical shift” to clean energy resources for electricity and electrified cars and trucks. The IEA is calling for this emergency response by all nations -- and these 48 nations are stepping up. What is your nation’s commitment?
Linking renewables is the answer. We ask you to push this solution with your colleagues, and business and political leaders in your country.
In Partnership for the Planet,
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