Global Green Green: A Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure To Solve Climate Change
Nov 03, 2010- Global Green Grid
Imagine a Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure stretching from China to Australia. The vision is big. So is climate change.
The system would distribute solar, geothermal, wind and wave energy. Natural gas and hydro could provide 'load-balancing.' Coal-fired power would be used for contingencies.
A hemispheric 'common carrier' energy distribution
system would be comprised of high-voltage direct
current power lines, large-scale natural gas pipelines
and fiber optic cables.
Construction and maintenance be funded by a hemispheric carbon levy, universally applied and uncompromised by exceptions and giveaways.
The result would be a multi-decade shift from high-cost,
high-emission energy sources.
The benefits would be huge:
1. Lowered Asian greenhouse gas emissions through
a shift to low emission energy.
Best of all, recycling carbon monies into regional infrastructure achieves two objectives at once.
Poor infrastructure is holding Asia back, slowing
its emergence as the world's largest economic bloc.