Angara Cites Need to Develop Renewable Energy

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Sen. Edgardo J. Angara said Tuesday both universities and policymakers should make renewable energy a mainstay in the public policy debate in order to harness its potential as a tool towards energy independence and as a way to combat climate change.Angara stressed the importance of this program even as he said that global warming is seen to be the culprit for the erratic summer weather."The global economy is turning a green leaf with the emergence of clean-energy industries, with universities at its forefront. By 2014, futurist Dr. James Canton predicts that clean energy will be one of the biggest industries, with the market demand for wind energy reaching $48 billion, followed by solar at $40 billion, and fuel cells at $15 billion. This new economy continues to rise even amid economic downturn. Many governments have packaged a green economic stimulus, tying economic-recovery plans with promoting renewable energy (RE) and green jobs," said Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance.Angara said it is no surprise then that more students in developed economies such as the United States have become more interested in renewable-energy science. “Although official enrollment statistics have yet to be released, curriculums and programs offered by universities and colleges offer a potent indicator of the demand side of education. …