COPENHAGEN One billion people can get
electricity for the first time for little more than the
reported cost of one month's war in Iraq said Rajendra
Pachauri, the head of a Nobel peace prize-winning U.N. panel of
Pachauri is supporting a campaign "lighting a billion
lives," led by India's Energy and Resources Institute, to
furnish people without access to the grid with electric
lanterns powered by solar photovoltaic panels.
"Millions and millions of people do not see light after the
sun goes down," he told a carbon market conference in
Copenhagen on Tuesday.
Some 1.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to
Pachauri compared the $15 billion cost of providing
solar-powered lights to a billion people with a reported cost
of the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq of $12 billion a
He described that perceived mis-match in resources as "one
of the biggest tragedies that the world can be guilty of."
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shared
the Nobel peace prize last year with former U.S. Vice President
Al Gore for raising awareness of the threat of climate change.