Green Initiatives of United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Northern Ireland and Bulgaria
Business Review Europe reports the trend of European nations with governments that invest in green technology and renewable energy in the form of offshore wind farms, energy super grids and solar power stations.
Remarkably, this trend precedes the February 4th summit, in which European Union leaders will meet in Hungary to discuss the continent's renewable energy and green power initiatives.
What this means is that countries that attend the summit with initiatives already ongoing will be well ahead of the curve compared to other nations (European or not).
This raises the question of U.S. green energy initiatives and how they compare with those of European nations.
It appears that the global economic crisis didn't deter, but rather, spurred European Union's plans to invest 1 trillion euro ($1.3 trillion) in promoting green power and high-tech power grids across Europe.
Perhaps such a counter-intuitive response to the global financial meltdown shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, if a nation is in economic crisis, or on the verge of economic crisis, sustaining or increasing its imports of crude oil no longer seems logical.
More feasible would be the long-term goal of obtaining greater energy independence from traditional sources of energy, be it crude oil or coal. This is especially true if the investment in infrastructure takes advantage of natural, renewable resources such as wind, solar, and wave energy, which Mother Nature provides for free.
Of course, wind turbines must be made, solar panels must be manufactured, and someone has to pay for all the parts that make up green technology. But the field of green technologies can involve industries, both conventional and green, to create green jobs. Lucrative trade is possible between countries who are willing to manufacture these parts, and countries willing to pay to purchase and install these parts to create the necessary infrastructure that's gentler on the environment.
As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in one day, but it's better to start building today than, say, 2 generations from today, even though no technology, no matter how green, is without environmental costs. In order to live, we all need to consume energy, but we empower ourselves and ensure the well-being of our loved ones for generations to come when we choose to obtain our energy from less polluting sources.