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13 July 2010

Oil spills and its impact - what you think

Who can ensure that oil spills, like BP oil spill, will not happen again. The oil companies certainly will takes responsibility when oil spills happen and promise to increase safety on production and distribution process. Yeah that's good. But how about its impact to our environment?



In the future let's not focus too much to just discuss the causes of the incident, its impact, and how to handle it. Better focus on the use of alternative energy such as solar energy or electrical energy that derived (generated) from geothermal heat, hydro power or sunlight. Maybe I'm just easy to say but that's what I think after watching these video. How with you?

== Post Update ==
Comment from Looney to this post has sparked my attention, so I think it's good to copy his comment and my reply to him below:

Looney:
I am all for alternate energy, but not not if the government picks the technology and then pours billions of taxpayer money into it, or forces people to buy products through regulation. We have this all over California, but none of it is economically viable, the economy is slowly dying, and it still hasn't reduced the use of fossil fuels.

Me:
I know from media that Governor California Arnold Schwarzenegger is very concerned to the issue of global warming. My admiration for his efforts to fight against global warming. I don't know exactly what happened there, but let me try to just write my view below:
  1. The government involvement (and international agreement) can play a major role. And about the fund it certainly needed for big project. Now I'm difficult to find AC that still using Freon (CFC) in the stores. That's because of Montreal Protocol and I think that's good.
  2. To achieve the viable level economically then the law of demand and supply also play a role.
  3. If the demand (users) increases, then by naturally the manufacturer in cooperation with scientists will be racing to think hard to create products that are cheap and economically feasible. I think manufacturer still wait and see before pouring a billion dollar fund to produce green products massively. Demand is still a key.
  4. Government should support the development of adequate infrastructure to support the program. Takes an example in the implementation of the use of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) for cars in Jakarta. Don't ask how much LPG stock for vehicles, for home purpose often out of stock. Besides, the number of LPG filling stations for vehicles is still limited. Not available even on each capital city of province in Indonesia. It does not means LPG is a green energy but only an example of the availability of adequate infrastructure which it must be supported by government.
I think a little push from government through regulations and international agreement is necessary. See how this world fight Freon / CFC. Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger with California alone is not enough and Indonesia is still far behind in the use of green energy.

16 comments:

  1. I am all for alternate energy, but not not if the government picks the technology and then pours billions of taxpayer money into it, or forces people to buy products through regulation. We have this all over California, but none of it is economically viable, the economy is slowly dying, and it still hasn't reduced the use of fossil fuels.

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  2. When there is money to buy conscience, who cares about environment anymore, who cares about someone's livelihood anymore, who cares about another fisherman cant go out and fish who eventually kills himself, who cares about it anymore... when you a giant corporation with so much billions to cover the bad news,, who cares about who anymore, right?

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  3. You are definitely and totally right. There is need to change from fossil to clean energy and the availability of technical options for alternatives offers opportunities. Only political will and multinational lobbying thwart the change.

    Pressure from civil society ( societies) is necessary.

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  4. I totally agree with you. I vote Green.

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  6. it really brings harm to the environment. we should try as much to live in greener ways

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  7. Looney,
    I know from media that Governor California Arnold Schwarzenegger is very concerned to the issue of global warming. My admiration for his efforts to fight against global warming.

    I don't know exactly what happened there, but let me try to just write my view below:
    1) The government involvement (and international agreement) can play a major role. And about the fund it certainly needed for big project. Now I'm difficult to find AC that still using Freon (CFC) in the stores. That's because of Montreal Protocol and I think that's good.

    2) To achieve the viable level economically then the law of demand and supply also play a role.

    3) If the demand (users) increases, then by naturally the manufacturer in cooperation with scientists will be racing to think hard to create products that are cheap and economically feasible. I think manufacturer still wait and see before pouring a billion dollar fund to produce green products massively. Demand is still a key.

    4) Government should support the development of adequate infrastructure to support the program. Takes an example in the implementation of the use of LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) for cars in Jakarta. Don't ask how much LPG stock for vehicles, for home purpose often out of stock. Besides, the number of LPG filling stations for vehicles is still limited. Not available even on each capital city of province in Indonesia. It does not means LPG is a green energy but only an example of the availability of adequate infrastructure which it must be supported by government.

    I think a little push from government through regulations and international agreement is necessary. See how this world fight Freon / CFC. Unfortunately, Schwarzenegger with California alone is not enough and Indonesia is still far behind in the use of green energy.

    Eugene,
    Sounds like you're a little pessimistic.
    Independent scientists and the Greenpeace organization still concerned about it, and it's impossible for them (oil company) to cover the bad news on all media worldwide. Remember there is still blogger to publish it. This is our turn to educate young generation for the use of green energy because fossil fuels will run out someday.

    Colson,
    Political will and multinational lobbying thwart the change?? Probably you are right because the oil interests both economically and politically is still great.
    I guess middle east countries will receiving the greatest impact of green energy.

    HoneyBUZZ,
    Thank you.

    Yenni,
    Agree with you.
    Btw, it's surprise to see your comment here (in blogspot platform). As we know Blogspot is owned by Google, and your government in China banning Google services. Interesting to know how you can access this blogspot.

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  8. If you can sense collective responsibility, then you do not attribute blame. That is, if you use oil in any way, you are part of the reason this situation unfolds. From this perspective, everything is connected and there is no separation. Consider how this invites you to be aware of lifestyle choices.

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  9. Liara Covert,
    Philosophically, your comment is excellent.
    The purpose of this post is not to blame anyone, but encourage people to start thinking about environment friendly green energy.

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  10. I am with you all the way in this Tikno. I would dearly love to go back to the old days of bicycles, bullock carts, horses, wood fires, coal fires and oil lamps! I think that I was just born in the wrong time!

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  11. Rumnuser,
    Are you dreaming to go back to the prehistoric era?
    I think Green energy still the best option for the future.

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  12. Watching the frequent news on TV about LPG cylinder explosions, going back to prehistoric era doesn't sound too bad after all, Pak tikno.

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  13. Aprianti,
    I doubt if modern people who already enjoy the convenience of technology want to go back.

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