What others say
The French Minister of State in charge of preparing the Mediterranean Solar Plan, Jean-Louis Borloo, about the e-Parliament roundtable in Paris in November 2008:
“This roundtable shows the interest to link the development of renewable energy production in the Mediterranean and the development of Euro-Mediterranean electricity interconnections, as proposed in the Mediterranean Solar Plan. The technological, financial, regulatory and political issues at stake are complex, and we have to take into account the reality on the ground and the existing national programs of all partner countries of the Union for the Mediterranean. But roundtables like this are the way forward in order to convince and get ahead with our common objective to boost the share of renewables in our energy mix.”
Quote from the distinguished economist Jeffrey Sachs, author of Common Wealth, published 2008:
“A wonderful new project, e-Parliament, aims to knit together the world’s parliaments and assemblies via videoconferencing and the Internet to forge a new kind of hybrid democratic institution at a transnational or even global scale. An e-Parliament that links national parliaments could help solve a host of problems. How can a challenge such as global climate change be addressed in a democratic manner when global institutions lack adequate democratic legitimacy?
"If the world’s parliaments would hold simultaneous hearings, for example, with leading scientists and policy analysts presenting evidence to dozens of parliaments simultaneously, the world’s democratic bodies could engage sensibly and jointly in a global undertaking. Even global legislation, or at least global resolutions on crucial topics like climate change, could be debated and adopted across the world. I believe that the sense of legitimacy and global connectedness would be galvanizing. The imagination would expand as all of us better appreciated how common our challenges are.”