Unlike the Desertec projects in the MENA countries and in Southeast Asia, the project headed by the Commission can produce results within ten years. Its success or failure will be an important milestone for the other two projects. It will show whether the ambitious projects can work or not. The essential questions for success or failure in the North Sea are:
- will the participating countries fully cooperate, invest their resources and clear out legal obstacles? Or will fearful national politicians maintain a backdoor? (in which case everybody loses according to the prisoners' dilemma)
- will the participating enterprises and credit agencies make a long-term commitment that can endure setbacks?
- will citizens be prepared to give attention and donations to the project so that it can become a space for personal investment and personal identification?
- will the media continue to report about the issue, so that the climate change discussion can maintain the momentum it has at the moment?
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