Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ontem, o jornal The New York Times divulgou o bom exemplo português em matéria de energias renováveis!

Fotografia retirada deste site

Portugal Gives Itself a Clean-Energy Makeover

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

LISBON — Five years ago, the leaders of this sun-scorched, wind-swept nation made a bet: To reduce Portugal’s dependence on imported fossil fuels, they embarked on an array of ambitious renewable energy projects — primarily harnessing the country’s wind and hydropower, but also its sunlight and ocean waves .

Today, Lisbon’s trendy bars, Porto’s factories and the Algarve’s glamorous resorts are powered substantially by clean energy. Nearly 45 percent of the electricity in Portugal’s grid will come from renewable sources this year, up from 17 percent just five years ago.

Land-based wind power — this year
deemed “potentially competitive” with fossil fuels by the International Energy Agency in Paris — has expanded sevenfold in that time. And Portugal expects in 2011 to become the first country to inaugurate a national network of charging stations for electric cars.

“I’ve seen all the smiles — you know: It’s a good dream. It can’t compete. It’s too expensive,” said Prime Minister José Sócrates, recalling the way Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, mockingly offered to build him an electric Ferrari. Mr. Sócrates added, “The experience of Portugal shows that it is possible to make these changes in a very short time.”

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has renewed questions about the risks and unpredictable costs of America’s unremitting dependence on fossil fuels. President Obama has seized on the opportunity to promote his goal of having 20 to 25 percent of America’s electricity produced from renewable sources by 2025.

While Portugal’s experience shows that rapid progress is achievable, it also highlights the price of such a transition. Portuguese households have long paid about twice what Americans pay for electricity, and prices have risen 15 percent in the last five years, probably partly because of the renewable energy program, the International Energy Agency says.

Although a 2009 report by the agency called Portugal’s renewable energy transition a “remarkable success,” it added, “It is not fully clear that their costs, both financial and economic, as well as their impact on final consumer energy prices, are well understood and appreciated" (...) .in the New York Times- 9 de Agosto de 2010 *

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At 5:42 PM , Anonymous Uriel Oliveira said...

Um bom trabalho de comunicação que resultou num artigo de grande relevo.
Como não acredito em notícias destas sem trabalho de fundo de RP, é de salientar a inteligência de quem a promoveu, sobretudo se considerarmos a má favorabilidade que os media nacionais têm envolvido todos os assuntos que envolvem o governo e o primeiro ministro José Sócrates. Em comunicação política, por vezes, a inspiração necessária para contrariar tendências negativas tem que vir de fora. Se vier dos USA, tanto melhor.
Apenas um reparo, a imagem dos portugueses na América continua longe de ser a desejável. Reparem aqui na foto de José Cristino, o agricultor que ilustra a notícia...
mais aqui: http://outofthebox.blogs.sapo.pt/26532.html

At 6:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent to observe from Portugal a great example of alternative fuel.

The mentality of american society for short term results will cause than more disaster. They keep demagocally protecting companies does not promote respect for the nature.


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