is the greatest national security threat to the United States?
the evening of October 13, 2015, CNN organized
the first Debate among Democrat Party 2016 Presidential candidates
in the LasVegas CNN studio. In the Debate, there was an important
question which revealed one growing importance in politics.
program moderator Anderson Cooper, asked the US Democratic Party
is the greatest national security threat to the United States?"
Clinton said, "I think it
has to be continued threat from the spread of nuclear weapons,
nuclear material that can fall into the wrong hands."
Sanders, who is the new entrant to compete,
scientific community is telling us that if we do not address the
global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away
from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we're going
to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be
habitable. That is a major crisis." he said.
Sanders, reminds us the new British Labor Party Chairman Jeremy
He served in the United
States House of Representatives and the United States Senate for
He is defined as "Self-proclaimed
Social Democrat" and
early polls say that he is the most popular Democrat
candidate after Hillary Clinton.
He is a senior
Jewish American politician. Do rich American Jews vote for him?
It is unlikely.
of the most important danger for the US, as "Climate Change"
was very remarkable indication to put into the deal. Henceforth the
other candidates will pay more attention to global warming, less
burning of fossil fuels, and to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
rise of environmentalist politicians continue.
politicians who pay less attention or ignorant to environmental
sensitivity, decrease their chances to win.
the other hand, particularly in Europe and the US, there is no
drastic measure yet taken to reduce carbon emissions,
to mention the scandal about VW's emissions.
warming, does not concern at all the people of the United States. The
price of gasoline is
to $ 1.95 per gallon. 5.6 liter V-8 motor vehicles are very popular.
You can not find everyone, saying "Let us leave our big cars,
and let's take a public vehicle".
and needs of the people of Turkey are different.
are a million issues to improve before the carbon emissions,"
you might say.
Account Deficient is high, there is terror, fragile
economy, market disturbance, difficulty in financing projects.
to world 2010 statistics, the US is still leading the way with 17
tons of annual CO2 emissions per person.
latest figures were published for 4-5 tons per person per year.
platform, the global warming is entering the agenda.
President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other G7
leaders have taken serious decisions about prevention of global
warming in the latest G7 conference in Germany.
In upcoming 20-November
G20 leaders' meeting, this issue will certainly be on the agenda
again. By reducing the use of fossil fuels, one
should talk about price and market deterrence.
fuels will be subject to import taxes, or the existing tax will be
observers foresee the escape from fossil fuels in the near future.
China, India, South Korea, they put tax on imported coal they
even have imposed the existing tax two- three fold. The purpose of
the tax on imported coal, and fossil fuels provide market deterrence,
subsequently to make indigenous and renewable energy sources more
issue will surely be the G20 leaders meeting agenda in Belek.
Turkish team, have to be prepared.
can make a decision.
that can not decide their strategies, are to adapt to the decisions
in the world, all fossil
fuel firing thermal power plant investors are placed to avoid the
domestic tax on imported coal by lobbying. They try to prevent tax.
But that remains in the past.
upcoming December 2015 Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris,
it is expected to get commitments to reduce carbon emissions from
country is making own preparations in this regard.
is also making preparations for sure. We, the people away from
politics, do not know what the government and relevant ministries get
there is a preparation.
are suggestions from various sectors in this regard.
of these proposals is put imported coal and imported natural gas to
the carbon tax, to collect funds, then to utilize these funds for
power from renewable energy sources - that are used in the
development of energy generation from wind and sun sources.
we can reach to the pronounced targets for carbon emissions, growth /
of indigenous lignite and more renewable, domestic sources of wind-
solar power, with local engineering are essential to realize more
are to make calculations and market predictions carefully to foresee
the future of imported coal, and imported fossil
fuels. If they can not foresee the future, they must share the risk
with others by hedging to stay safe financially. If the control
valve remains at the mercy of foreign countries, if your current
account deficit is at unbearable levels, then you should stay away
from imported fossil
fuels in the future, and you should try to reduce your dependence.
is no need for more investment in natural gas pipelines, no need for
further investments on imported coal. It is all investors' risk. No
matter what investors do, do as you wish, but please do keep us out
of this, and do not come to public authorities to save you and pay
you for your incorrect decisions.
Direskeneli is a graduate of the METU Mechanical Engineering
department (1973). He has worked in public and private enterprises,
in American, Turkish, and JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in
fabrication, basic and detail design, in marketing, and in sales and
project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working
as a freelance consultant and energy analyst with thermal power
plants as well as using his basic and detailed design software
expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities
and research institutions. He is a member of the METU Alumni and the
Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.
Istanbul, 29 September 2015