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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Lubricate the wheels of government

Human resources are not enough to deal with the issue of natural resources. As the planet becomes apparently more polluted and less forthcoming when it comes to new oil fields, it appears the best politicans can do is bluff and bluster. Some amazing statistics come to the fore when reading up on such matter. The United States is still the big player when it comes to consuming oil for the gas-guzzling cars, but China is coming in at a close second (like in everything these days it seems). China itself is using dirty coal for the majority of its energy needs. It gets better. The remainder is from oil, that well known cleaner alternative...but the government has a great trick up its sleeve: building many new nuclear power stations. Not quite what the environmentalists and conservatists had in mind, but oh well.

In the minds of many the motor car industry has so much clout that they do not wish to see a switch away from gasoline - ditto the oil industry - that may threaten their sales. There does exist many alternatives, not least sugar. Yes, rather than eat it, one can configure engines to consume a derivative of it. The highlight of the series of reports had to be the Swedish government coming out with a white paper titled 'making the nation oil free'. In fact upon closer inspection of the document, the actual aim is just to reduce oil dependence as opposed to getting rid of all oil use. Please explain what the difference is, someone.

It must have seemed much more simple in the old days just after the Middle Ages when one of the European regents ordered oil from the Latin American region, the first oil 'trade'. How times change.

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