Not sure if there is much point to posting this on DP since it will probably be flooded by partisan hacks, but I thought it was important given that the IEA doesn't tend to give such dire warnings. The industrialized world needs to get its act together to stave off impending disaster, but something tells me that the spin doctors will obfuscate the issue enough to keep key nations from taking responsibility, all in the name of obscene profits.International Energy Agency: “On planned policies, rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change.”
“… we are on an even more dangerous track to an increase of 6°C [11°F]…. Delaying action is a false economy: for every $1 of investment in cleaner technology that is avoided in the power sector before 2020, an additional $4.30 would need to be spent after 2020 to compensate for the increased emissions.”
The International Energy Agency has issued yet another clarion call for urgent action on climate. Their 2011 World Energy Outlook [WEO] release should end once and for all any notion that delay is the rational course for the nation and the world.
The UK Guardian‘s headline captures the urgency:
World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns
If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will ‘lose for ever’ the chance to avoid dangerous climate change.
The time to act is now.