Thursday, February 09, 2006

Kofi Annan urges oil producers to switch to clean fuels

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on oil producing nations to develop clean energy.

In a speech made in the United Arab Emirates on February 6 while receiving the Zayed International Prize for the Environment he said, "Protecting the environment has been considered an afterthought, or even a luxury ... Prosperity built on destruction is not prosperity at all, but rather only a temporary reprieve from tragedy. There will be little peace, and much greater poverty, if this assault continues."

It would make sense for the oil pushing nations to invest in future fuel technology where they're still raking in the oil dollars. Then they'll still have an income after the oil runs out. But most of them are unlikely to heed such sage advice.

Besides, that's not what Annan means. He means do it now before the oil has run out. But the producers, like any drug pushers, will just shrug their shoulders, pat Kofi on the head and say "Nice idea Kofi. Keep up the good work. Now go away and leave us alone - after all, we're just supplying a demand."

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