NEW PROPOSAL: 2003 Renewable Fuels Act
:idea: Greetings, fellow delegates! I wish to advertise my new proposal. If passed, it will go towards improving our world, and that of the future.
So, take a look, and please tell me what you think. Suggestions, problems, criticisms, whatever you want to say. I'm interested.
Prime Minister of Scyphia.
Perhaps you would be kind enough to copy and paste it here. Sounds promising though.
2003 RENEWABLE FUELS ACT
With the depletion of the earth's non-renewable energy resources, such as crude oil and natural gas, mankind faces a decidedly uncertain future.
It is the duty of the United Nations to remove that doubt, and thusly ensure the health of the planet, as well as the energy needs for future generations, simultaneously. This vital resolution states that:
1 - All member nations shall begin the construction of solar and wind farms, wave and geothermal power stations, as well as any other known renewable methods of generating electricity, to be completed by 2010.
2 - These sites shall be large enough to supply over half of the given nation's energy needs.
3 - In order to ensure the compliance of poorer or developing nations to this resolution, these projects shall be funded partly by the United Nations, according to the economic status of that county.
4 - All member nations shall scale down the amount of environmentally harmful fuels used in their countries at the rate of 2 percent each financial year, until the majority of the nation's energy is supplied by renewable sources.
5 - The governments of member nations must put aside money from their budgets for more research into discovering new renewable fuels (see point 3 for poorer nations), and their findings published to the UN in order to benefit other nations’ efforts to clean up our world.
We feel that this resolution is of vital necessity to our planet and the human race.
We sincerely hope that the United Nations will vote to implement these essentials.
This concludes our proposal -- The People's Republic of Scyphia.
edit: well apart from forcing construction of solar and wind power plants as these do themselves cause damage and may not be necessary.
While we, the FLOT, respect and approve the intentions behind such a proposal, due to our poorly developed economy, laid to the wayside in favour of personal freedoms and political rights, we find ourselves in a position that such requirements as mentioned in the proposal would financially ruin our nation. Though it is always in our best interest to improve the environment, such strict regulations mean that the Free Land of Tipayimisoowin will not vote for this proposal if it goes before the entire United Nations.
The thrust of the poposal is good, but the wording is not sufficiently broad enough and excludes many sources of renewable (or environmentally non-damaging) sources of energy. for example, those countries that enjoy neither reliable sunshine or steady winds will not be able to comply with the requirement to source 50% of their energy needs from wind and solar farms. other sources of energy such as hydro-, wave, geothermal, biomass etc should be equally encouraged.
What about methane? Methane is a common natural gas.
If you could harness the power of a fart, you could power the world!!!