Guardian: “Jeremy Leggett among 100 signatories to letter opposing oil firm’s likely influence over university’s climate change studies.” “The veteran environmental campaigners Jonathon Porritt and Jeremy Leggett are among 100 past and present students and staff who are accusing Oxford University of hypocrisy for accepting funding from
My idea for solving the solar trade war, based on common security.
The New York Times posts a shot from me at solving the solar trade war problem …..while telling the story of how elements of the energy incumbency have helped shape the solar industry’s latest crisis. The article appears in print in the International Herald Tribune. In the piece I argue:
“It could be so different, so easily. Despite their failure thus far to deliver a meaningful climate treaty, governments in the past have proved themselves capable of complex treaties fostering common security. They could now negotiate a multilateral regime of cooperation for solar market-enablement: a globally coordinated set of feed-in tariffs aiming to accelerate solar’s descent to universal price parity with conventional energy. They could bulk-procure solar panels themselves, to speed the emergence of a mass market. Working cooperatively, focused on common security, they could greatly accelerate the day solar energy is cheaper than all other forms, and feed-in tariff subsidies are no longer needed. They could all greatly foster their own domestic energy security in so doing. Light shines on all countries, infinitely. Significant oil and gas reserves sit in only a few, and are finite.”
To this I would add:
“A subset of major governments could do this without full global negotiations. Angela Merkel has said she prefers negotiations on solar to a trade war. Leading the way here with China, plus the US if they will play, the EU could go some way to quieten those who criticize it’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.
It should be increasingly obvious that we will need this kind of global common-security co-operation if our civilisation is to survive climate change and other crises piling up around the globe. The creation of a sustainable global market in the key survival technology that is solar energy would be an excellent place to start.”