Given that the majority of people without electricity live in rural, dispersed communities, it would be wise for the international development community to mobilize energy access strategies that support off-grid renewable energy.
We could go on disproportionately subsidizing fossil fuels that harm our health, national security and environment and add insult to injury by actively discouraging development of the energy sectors that will eventually allow us to leave fossil fuels behind.
In the midst of this year's "Arab Spring," approximately 149 countries formalized the creation of the International Renewable Energy Agency called IRENA, a relatively new entity designed to accelerate renewable energy adoption.
Ironically, as delegates in Copenhagen are ramping up efforts to preserve forests globally to slow global warming, a technology having the opposite effect is poised to wreak havoc on forests around the world.
Senator Barack Obama's environmental platform is pretty clear. He supports clean coal, would create five million green-collar jobs if elected President, and would put a million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.