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Weathering the Perfect Storm with Green Energy

At a speech to the Royal Geographic Society, Chris Huhne noted that the name of the conference was apropos as there have been some tremendous changes in global climates over the past decade. Listing storms which hit the UK heavily during that period, Huhne reinforced the notion that commercial electricity consumers businesses as well as private individuals need to do their part to reduce the carbon footprint as quickly as possible to avoid further global climate shifts.

Huhne made reference to the rain which flooded 10,000 homes and businesses in the year 2000 as well as the heatwave of 2003 that sparked wildfires and drought throughout all of Europe. In that year, thousands died, forests were levelled by fire and energy and transport were hard hit. The floods of 2000 cost the insurance industry ?1.3 billion, as reported by Huhne, and the overall increase in flood claims for the decade tripled over the previous ten years.

Although he did go on to say that there is no way to state empirically that the storms were caused by global climate change, there is ample evidence to support the theory. Working together as a global unit, citizens are urged to do their part in reducing dependence on fossil fuels. This refers to private citizens, governments and business entities on a worldwide scale, as well as in the UK.

As a result, consumers are urged to do everything in their power to produce green power to avoid catastrophic climatological changes in the future. Commercial electricity providers are urged to provide incentives to businesses which can utilize renewable energy whilst feeding excess into the power grid. To find out more about feed-in tariffs available, contact your provider.