Sec. Alfonso Cusi says the Philippines must strike a delicate balance between climate change and economic development

Sec. Alfonso Cusi says the Philippines must strike a delicate balance between climate change and economic development

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Alfonso Cusi, the Philippines’ Secretary of the Department of Energy says that “while all countries have an obligation to combat climate change, we also have a particular responsibility to our people. To reduce fuel poverty and encourage investment, while allowing further economic growth, we must prioritize reliable and affordable power.”

Sec. Cusi’s views on the future of climate change, renewable energy, and economic development were published in an the South China Morning Post. He also discussed the consequences of upsetting the delicate balance between cutting carbon emissions and the energy needs of developing countries like the Philippines. A concern that is also shared by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The developing world – especially in emerging economies like the Philippines- is no stranger to the risks of climate change. We will feel its impact first, and most severely… But there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to tackling climate change. Energy is a necessity for growth. States like the Philippines must therefore strike a balance.”

For more of Sec. Cusi’s thoughts, here is the link to the full article from the South China Morning Post.


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