"Meet the IEA : Richard Baron, head of the IEA Climate Change Unit"
The International Energy Agency is nowadays an organization totally in the hands of the climate alarmists. The latest example of the IEA:s eco-fundamentalist propaganda is the press release, widely quoted in the alarmist MSM:
Prospect of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2ºC is getting bleaker30 May 2011
CO2 emissions reach a record high in 2010; 80% of projected 2020 emissions from the power sector are already locked in
Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, according to the latest estimates by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
After a dip in 2009 caused by the global financial crisis, emissions are estimated to have climbed to a record 30.6 Gigatonnes (Gt), a 5% jump from the previous record year in 2008, when levels reached 29.3 Gt.
In addition, the IEA has estimated that 80% of projected emissions from the power sector in 2020 are already locked in, as they will come from power plants that are currently in place or under construction today.
“This significant increase in CO2 emissions and the locking in of future emissions due to infrastructure investments represent a serious setback to our hopes of limiting the global rise in temperature to no more than 2ºC,” said Dr Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the IEA who oversees the annual World Energy Outlook, the Agency’s flagship publication.
“Our latest estimates are another wake-up call,” said Dr Birol. “The world has edged incredibly close to the level of emissions that should not be reached until 2020 if the 2ºC target is to be attained. Given the shrinking room for manœuvre in 2020, unless bold and decisive decisions are made very soon, it will be extremely challenging to succeed in achieving this global goal agreed in Cancun.”
The IEA was founded in response to the 1973/4 oil crisis. Its initial role was "to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in oil supply through the release of emergency oil stocks to the markets". Today, the IEA lists climate change as one of its "main areas of focus":
Environmental awareness: Enhancing international knowledge of options for tackling climate change
Another, closely related focus area is this:
Engagement worldwide: Working closely with non-member countries, especially major producers and consumers, to find solutions to shared energy and environmental concerns
The US alone pays 25% of Dr. Birol´s and Mr. Baron´s salaries - and of the entire IEA budget. Maybe it is time for the US Congress to consider, whether there anymore are any reasons to continue financing this alarmist propaganda organization. A decision to decrease - or cut - funding would be the only proper "wake-up call" for Dr. Birol and his fellow alarmists in the IEA.