COP-15: Looking at Alternative Energy Technology

Posted by Susan Elbow
December 14, 2009

Watch events live from the U.S. Center in Copenhagen. Follow the U.S. Center on YouTube and Flickr.About the Author: Susan Elbow serves at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. She is currently on assignment at the U.S. Center in Copenhagen."Hi, this is Susan Elbow at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change here in Copenhagen. Today, I'm standing in front of an information kiosk. It's one of many that are throughout this huge conference center. On it is all of the information about all of the events taking place though the course of the day. It has information about the dozens of events taking place at the U.S. Center. Virtually every government, every business, every non-governmental organization has events going on during the conference.

This weekend, I went to something called BrightGreen. It was a huge trade show featuring what business has to offer in the areas of energy efficiency and alternative energy technology to help us all deal with the issue of climate change. Whatever agreement is reached here in Copenhagen, we know in order to meet the goals set by that agreement, we are going to require technology and a lot of technology that may not exist today. Energy Secretary Chu was speaking today over at the U.S. Center, and it was a message that he echoed. He said we need game-changing technology and with the right government policies and investments, we will get it. We still have four days left of the conference, so check in with me again tomorrow as I bring you information about all the activities and events taking place here."Follow the U.S. Center on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube here.



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December 14, 2009

Zharkov in U.S.A. writes:

One notices that it is business - the private sector - that offers all the new technology and products for energy efficiency, and not government officials.

The public sector generates huge amounts of CO2 and pollution without the offsetting benefit of new products or new technology.

A measurable reduction of CO2 could result from a dramatic reduction in government agencies, world conferences, and U.N. meetings. Fighting "climate change" involves a reduction in government with a smaller military.

In coordination with China's suggestion, perhaps we should try a "one employee per government agency" policy to reduce the carbon footprint of government. I think this could save the earth and protect liberty for those who desire it.

December 15, 2009

John in Greece writes:

What China says? Who cares? Read from the source. Why don't you try one of the best bookstores in the world?

Then you'll understand the difference between footprints and fingerprints (CSI).

I'd start with -The FBI: A Centennial History, 1908-2008. This new coffee-table history of the FBI, celebrating the Bureau's 100th anniversary, is something anyone would enjoy giving or receiving as gift-.

There are plenty of other interesting books too. Actually, I bought some for Christmas presents. Great books for thought! Great bookstore!

(if you really want to know the truth Z)

Merry Christmas!


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