8 December 2006, Dow Jones
IEA Chief Economist,Fatih Birol is commenting on possible moves by several big energy-producing nations such as Saudi-Arabia, Nigeria and Algeria toward building nuclear power plants. He said that, given the strong energy demand, there was "a point to them diversifying their energy mix". Birol added that "nuclear can be an option", but only if it is done "in line with international rules".
8 November 2006, The Independent
Reporting on the launch of the World Energy Outlook in London, the newspaper quotes the IEAs chief economist Fatih Birol as saying that every $1 spent on more efficient electrical equipment and appliances would result in savings of $2.20 that would otherwise need to be invested in power plants and networks: "The cleanest power plant is the one you dont need to build", Birol said.
8 November 2006, Finanz und Wirtschaft
Dr. Fatih Birol the chief author of the World Energy Outlook Energy says that the world faces a dirty, vulnerable and expensive energy future. Similar to the Stern report the message from the WEO is that the time to act is now, and the WEO can offer a recipe for what needs to be done.
4 November 2006, Turkish Daily News
Dr. Fatih Birol the chief economist of the IEA said that countries are becoming more open to nuclear power due to costly natural gas and the need to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Theres a change in the mood in general terms regarding nuclear.
3 November 2006, The Australian
IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said: "We need a decision almost tomorrow if we are going to act before we reach a point of no return in climate and security of supply." Nuclear power is an essential tool for meeting security of supply and climate change challenges.
2 November 2006, Reuters
Dr. Fatih Birol said that we have to act now if we want to see a different world in 25 years. Nuclear power is important in the context of security of gas supply and climate change challenges. There is a change in opinion regarding the future of nuclear power.
8 January 2006, Reuters
On 8 January, Reuters reported on the energy challenges resulting from rising carbon emissions from increased energy use -- especially fossil fuels in the power sector -- and quoted IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol, who said "The next 10 years are very, very crucial. Only in China between now and 2015 the capacity they will build in the power sector will be equal to the existing capacity in the European Union-25."