Will oil dominate the Kurds’ fate for good?

  • KurdishMedia.com - By Sissy Danninger
  • 31/01/2007 00:00:00

Investment in renewable sources is overdue

In spite of looking into KurdishMedia.com on an almost daily basis I’ve not yet come across much concerning even mere ideas of starting to use alternative and renewable sources like solar energy, wind, biomass or hydropower within the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq. In fact I can’t remember having seen anything in this regard at all.

Of course, I am not too familiar with the region’s topographical and climatic conditions in detail. Yet I am fairly convinced that for instance solar power could be used for heating water and cooling houses from spring to autumn in considerable parts of Southern Kurdistan. Photovoltaic devices might produce electricity. Wind energy could also help to replace at least some of the missing electricity on local or even smaller regional bases. Fertile soils cannot only bring crops for humans and animals but biomass (bio-Diesel for cars and electricity generators, fuel for heating in winter) as well. Environmentally compatible hydropower stations (with markedly lesser dimensions than the planned horrendous Ilisu-plant in Northern Kurdistan) could also bring some relieve.

Oil has been a determinant of the Kurds’ tragic fate for more than a century and still is. But within a generation or two the supplies will be almost or totally used up - be it by the Kurds themselves or by others in the world. There is just little time left to start out for replacements and for genuine independence in the field of energy supplies. It is very late already, but maybe not too late.

Good counsel and technological know-how are available, be it with environmental NGOs or with companies already working in this field successfully - quite many and competent ones not only but also in my own mountainous home country, Austria. The Austrian Greens, the chamber of commerce and, on an international basis, organizations like Greenpeace will certainly be helpful for orientation.

  • KurdishMedia.com - By Sissy Danninger
  • 31/01/2007 00:00:00