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Environmentalist Athie Martin says the commissioning of a fuel tank farm in Dominica sends an unfortunate signal to the world.

At a time where the larger economies are looking to move away from fossil fuels whereas Dominica, an island bursting with potential for renewable energy is moving rapidly towards a dependence on fossil fuels.

Martin believes this move will have future generations settling a massive accumulated debt, and that the Petro Caribe agreement is disrespectful and undignified and shows no account for the enormous amount of work done to preserve Dominica’s natural image.

And that the country is moving away from its strengths and embracing a commodity which is not one of its natural assets. He is of the view that although Dominica is small, it can be totally energy independent, not on fossil fuels but on the abundance of natural renewable energy which is available on Island and the technical aspects of any processing activities need to be organized to ensure the island is kept clean and green.

Otherwise Dominica could be regarded as the country which had a chance at leading the world with its green economy (something Venezuela should do as a true friend to Dominica), but instead gave it all up for a few barrels of oil.

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We have been hearing for awhile now about climate change and the effects which it is having on the environment and with hiking oil prices and governmental policies have triggered an environment for the investment in renewable energy.

Global trends investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy seems to have brought renewable revolution right to our doorstep, but is it late for this renewable revolution.

A report by the United Nations (UN) claims that clean energy could provide almost a quarter of the world’s electricity by 2030. Renewable sources today produce about 2% of the world’s energy, they now account for about 18% of the world investment in power generation, with wind generation at the investment head. Follow by Solar and Bio-fuel energy technologies, which are growing at quicker paste than wind.

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Around 40% of the capital invested in solar went towards new technology development. In bio-fuels, the proportion was about 20%, reflecting a surging corn-based ethanol industry in the U.S., as well as research into second-generation bio-fuels, including cellulosic ethanol.

Many developing countries seem to be turning towards renewable energy! A healthy 9% of global investment was made in China. India is lagging a little behind china, and with Latin America taking 5% of the global investment, most of which financed the Brazilian bio-ethanol plants.

But nonetheless renewable energy is maybe our only hope in saving our environment and our resources. Climate Change is like a cancer and everyone on this planet is going to be effected by it. If we shift from fossil fuels to renewable fuels it’s definitely going help the environment and maybe we can save our plant for another 200 years.

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