What do the following countries all have in common? Nigeria, Indonesia, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, Canada, and United Kingdom?
Each country is a major oil producer and exporter, but with Indonesia and UK experiencing decreased exports recently. The first seven countries all are, or were, a member of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.2 Yet, all but the last two, Canada and United Kingdom, have below-average GDP per capita, gross domestic product, according to the World Bank statistics.
While it is true that a correlation can be made between energy consumption per capita and quality of life, there must be something else at work that prevents the oil-rich countries Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, and the others from enjoying that high quality of life. There are fundamental issues that prevent energy-poor countries from copying the success of another energy-poor country, Japan. Japan has essentially no natural energy resources, but found the means to import energy as oil, coal, and liquefied natural gas, LNG, to power its industry, commerce, and residences.
Until some fundamental issues are resolved, simply increasing energy consumption in the poorer parts of the world will not improve the quality of life. Our Green Fellows should look into facts and should start saving energy. Also our government needs to keep an eye on what our neighbors are taking measures to Save Energy.
India, Iraq ink energy cooperation pact to boost ties
Not only this Read more dear Green Fellows:
India is likely to export 250 megawatt (mw) electricity to Bangladesh from October next in the light of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries more than three years ago, said the Indian newspaper Business Standard on Thursday.
By starting transmission of 250mw electricity to Bangladesh, India will make a step forward in exporting 500mw electricity to the neighboring country to fetch more than $350 million annually for 25 years.
And story is not coming to end, India is on road to
• Garbage recycled from dump yard to generate electricity
• Ambitious solar power plant commissioning in Jodhpur
• Power Ministry has revamped the UPA Government’s flagship Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) scheme to facilitate electricity to smaller hamlets and cover more below poverty line.
And there are countless more examples (which we would keep sharing time to time) regarding such initiatives taken by our neighbors for Saving Energy. We need to rethink over our Energy Policy.
We need to Watch out Our Neighbors. And Need to Really Prove that we are Greener than them.
Time for movement to Bring Energy Saving to Action!!