16 Jan '12, 12pm

World Future Energy Summit 2012: A Glimmer of Clean Power Through an Oily Sheen

World Future Energy Summit 2012: A Glimmer of Clean Power Through an Oily Sheen

Rendering of Masdar City. Image: eagerriser via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 The fifth World Future Energy Summit kicked off in Abu Dhabi today, with headlining speeches from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, and South Korean prime minister Kim Hwang-sik. WFES is an annual four-day event that draws major players of the renewable energy world, from both private and public sectors, to Abu Dhabi. That one of the world's most highly anticipated clean energy events is held in one of the world's richest petro-states isn't so much ironic, as I noted last year , as it is reflective of the stature of renewable power in general. In other words, fossil fuels are still what make the global economy go round, and fossil fuels are still what generate the lion's share (okay, almost all) of the wealth in the energy sector – but the loudest voices are discussing how the sta...

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