Attenborough: Solar energy should undercut oil

Solar generation should be developed and undercut the price of energy from oil and coal. That’s according to English broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. He said: “The signs are good. We’re […]

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Solar generation should be developed and undercut the price of energy from oil and coal.

That’s according to English broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

He said: “The signs are good. We’re not asking for something really extraordinary we’re suggesting the developed nations of the world, with good research and scientists, should get together and solve the remaining problems in gathering, storing and transmitting energy which you derive from the sun – from non-polluting resources and to do so at a price which will undercut the price of energy obtained from oil and coal.”

Sir David added there are problems but they “can be solved” and if this was done within the next ten years global warming would be tackled to “a very considerable degree”.

“We only take one five thousandth part of the energy the sun sprays on the earth everyday.” He said this much would provide “all the energy requirements of humanity and the fact that we haven’t tapped it directly before is really extraordinary”.

He added: “We understand the principles, what we need now is to refine them so we can do it really economically and then the fossil fuels – oil and coal – would simply remain in the earth and cause no more problems to the climate.”

Sir David is attending the UN climate conference COP21 in Paris this week and is working with the Global Apollo Programme – a campaign group which supports renewable energy research.