Statement from Michael Eckhart, President of ACORE, Regarding Copenhagen Climate Summit Accord Limiting Global Warming
The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds President Obama, Premier Wen of China, Prime Minister Singh of India, President Lula of Brazil, Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia and President Zuma of South Africa for reaching an agreement to limit global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius
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President of the United States of America
The White House
Dear Mr. President:
The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) applauds President Obama, Premier Wen of China, Prime Minister Singh of India, President Lula of Brazil, Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia and President Zuma of South Africa for reaching an agreement to limit global warming to no more than two degrees Celsius, and to take action to meet this objective consistent with science.
While ACORE had hoped that world governments would have also been able to agree on mechanisms to achieve such a goal at the COP-15 meeting in Copenhagen, we are satisfied that, at least, governments have agreed to the overarching goal of not allowing climate change to exceed a limit of two degrees Celsius. This is where all else starts, with agreement on the outcome goal.
We applaud President Obama's wisdom is achieving an agreement on the aspirational goal, limiting the outcome which we all care about, because this will stand to rule all else that comes in future negotiations.
ACORE submits that renewable energy will deliver on one-third of this goal, working alongside energy efficiency and protection of the rainforests. Together, these three strategies can protect the Earth and society as we know it from the destructive effects of global warming.
There is much work to be done to put programs in place in every country to deliver in the goal of limiting climate change to two degrees Celsius and we challenge the U.S. and other governments not to rest one minute before getting on with those commitments. The goal will not be achieved just because President Obama and his peers said so -- actions will speak louder than words.
Specifically, ACORE calls on the United States to do three things: make a national commitment to adopting renewable energy to meaningful levels of 25% by the year 2025 and more thereafter, increasing the level of renewable energy technology investment to 10x the historical level, and put mechanisms in place to facilitate the flow of $100 billion/year of private sector captial investment in renewable energy projects in the U.S. and $500 billion/year globally.
Wind power; solar energy; geothermal energy; hydropower and ocean power; biomass energy, fuels and products; and waste-energy all have the potential to deliver the results ACORE has promised - one-third of your goal.
With your leadership, we have a start. ACORE calls on us all to build on the agreement you have negotiated and to do so quickly, decisively, and completely.
Michael T. Eckhart
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)