Birol takes over the IEA Tuesday.
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The new head of the International Energy Agency faces dilemmas that challenge the purpose of the body set up to protect the interests of the West against the power of OPEC in the 1970s.Although speaking for big oil-consuming countries, the IEA finds member the United States once again a leading producer and replacing OPEC as a dominant force on world markets.And major energy consumers China and India are not even members, presenting a headache for the Paris-based IEA's prized role as the leading forecaster and data repository for opaque energy markets.Birol also has to convince the oil and gas community, traditionally central to the IEA, to shift toward lower carbon fuels as United Nations' talks, referred to as the Conference of the Parties, on a new climate deal will take place in Paris at the end of this year.
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