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The New York Times Journalist Awarded by Global Energy Prize

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The New York Times Journalist Awarded by Global Energy Prize PR Newswire LONDON, June 22, 2012 LONDON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Martin Fackler, the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times, is the winner of the Energy of Word international media competition organised by the Global Energy Prize. In a ceremony held today in St. Petersburg Mr. Fackler received the diploma and the statuette by the hands of famous Russian scientist Boris Katorgin during of the Global Energy Prize's Laureates' Week. Mr. Fackler was awarded for his passion and his commitment towards our global energy issues and challenges. In particular, he was selected for the depth of his research, his analytical approach, his innovative ideas and, obviously, the quality of his writing. Mr. Fackler said to be very honoured to receive the award and commented: "In my job, I write on a broad range of topics, but energy has always been of high interest to me. It is one of the fundamental questions in the modern world: where does the energy come from that powers our industries and sustains our living standards?" "One of the biggest moments in human history was in the late eighteenth century, when we made the leap from human and animal labor to steam power. That set in motion the entire industrial revolution, which ultimately allowed more and more people to enjoy longer and more comfortable -- and more hectic -- lives.

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The New York Times Journalist Awarded by
Global Energy Prize
PR Newswire
LONDON, June 22, 2012
LONDON
,
June 22, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Martin Fackler, the
Tokyo
bureau chief
for The New York Times, is the winner of the Energy of Word international
media competition organised by the Global Energy Prize. In a ceremony held
today in St. Petersburg Mr. Fackler received the diploma and the statuette by
the hands of famous Russian scientist Boris Katorgin during of the Global
Energy Prize's Laureates' Week.
Mr. Fackler was awarded for his passion and his commitment towards our
global energy issues and challenges. In particular, he was selected for the
depth of his research, his analytical approach, his innovative ideas and,
obviously, the quality of his writing.
Mr. Fackler said to be very honoured to receive the award and commented: "In
my job, I write on a broad range of topics, but energy has always been of high
interest to me. It is one of the fundamental questions in the modern world:
where does the energy come from that powers our industries and sustains our
living standards?"
"One of the biggest moments in human history was in the late eighteenth
century, when we made the leap from human and animal labor to steam
power. That set in motion the entire industrial revolution, which ultimately
allowed more and more people to enjoy longer and more comfortable -- and
more hectic -- lives. In our own era, we grapple with whether and how to make
the transition from fossil fuels, a finite and polluting resource, to something
cleaner and more sustainable. In that sense, the main country about which I
write,
Japan
, is important because it is a leader in many of the new green
energy-production technologies, like solar and fuel cells, and also in energy
efficiency. And it has been a world leader in nuclear technology, at least until
last year's crisis in Fukushima."
Today one question for
Japan
and the rest of the world is: Is nuclear power
worth the risk?
Martin Fackler said: "Even in technologically advanced
Japan
, an easy
alternative is not be found. For the short to medium term, the nation is going
back to natural gas and other fossil fuels. But given the growing global demand
for energy, the clear and pressing need to reduce the planet's carbon
emissions, this cannot be a long-term solution, most Japanese seem to agree.
Solar seems like a magic bullet, and clearly could fulfill some of the demand for
electricity in peak times like daytimes during summer. But it also has clear
limitations. So do other green energy sources. This conundrum is now driving
Japan
and other developed nations to innovate in new technologies and policy
solutions, but a final solution has yet to appear."
In addition to the New York Times, Mr. Fackler has also worked in
Tokyo
for the
Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Associated Press and
Bloomberg News. He has also worked in
New York
,
Beijing
and
Shanghai
for the
AP. He joined The New York Times in 2005.
Entries were received from 20 countries and in 11 languages, underscoring the