Billions pledged for clean energy research at Paris climate talks 

Posted: November 30, 2015 by oldbrew in Big Green, research

[image credit - ECO blog]

[image credit – ECO blog]

Research? The implication of that can only be that the technologies available today are considered inadequate – which of course they are, for various well-known reasons. Energy Voice reports on the queue of entrepreneurs and business leaders hoping for a slice of pie-in-the-sky.

Government and business leaders will pledge billions of pounds to research and develop a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes at high-stakes negotiations in Paris. Clean energy technology is being promoted as the key to fighting global warming at the UN climate summit.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Hollande, the head of the UN climate change agency Christina Figueres, and French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, greeted heads of state and government from around the world as they arrived at the conference centre near the Le Bourget airfield just north of Paris. Afterwards, each leader will give a speech laying out their countries’ efforts to reduce man-made emissions and cope with climate change.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, US president Barack Obama and French president Francois Hollande will launch a joint initiative today after a diplomatic push in recent weeks ahead of the Paris climate conference. A key goal is to bring down the cost of cleaner energy.

At least 19 governments and 28 leading world investors, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, billionaires George Soros and Saudi Prince Alaweed bin Talal, and Jack Ma of China’s Alibaba, have signed on so far.

“It’s quite a big deal,” said Jennifer Morgan, global climate director for the World Resources Institute. “It brings a new kind of burst of energy into the conference right at the beginning on something very important.”

Source: Energy Voice | Billions pledged for clean energy research at Paris climate talks – News for the Oil and Gas Sector

Same old tosh for climate dreamers to be pacified with.

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘a technical fix to the planet’s climate woes’

    This is so laughable it’s embarrassing. These people are supposed to be hard-headed world leaders but fantasy seems to be the order of the day.

  2. Joe Public says:

    In your gif, not one of those windmills is turning. 😀

  3. michael hart says:

    For the record, I’ve nothing against Bill Gates giving his own money to causes he considers worthy.

    I did my PhD in a building that was partially funded by Bill Gates. If you are reading, Bill, then THANK YOU.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    Energy density? The pachyderm not allowed in the room.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Renewables are too intermittent for reliable power, and battery storage is nowhere in sight.

    Fossil fuel with carbon capture looks like an expensive dead-end.

    Nuclear is unpopular and expensive.

    Biofuels are land-hungry, biomass destroys forests. What’s left – algae?

  6. oldbrew says:

    Obama claims irrational and ineffective changes to energy policy are going to impress terrorists.

  7. oldbrew says:

    A trillion here, a trillion there and pretty soon you’re talking real money – or not :/

    ‘India and France have co-announced a global alliance which aims to add 121 signatories to a pledge to generate around $1trn in investment in solar power.’

    And when it’s dark?

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  9. Well it’s taken a few years of effort, but this is the nearest I’m going to get to an admission that wind follies are crap.