Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Indonesia: Biggest energy waster
JAKARTA (Antara): Indonesia has been classified as one of the world's biggest wasters of energy, with low gross domestic product and growth rates despite the huge amount of resources it consumed, an official says.
M.A.M. Oktaufik, head of the energy efficiency division at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, said Indonesia's energy elasticity, a ratio of energy consumption growth and economic growth, reached 1.84 in 2004, compared toonly 1.69 in Malaysia, 1.16 in Thailand, 0.73 in Singapore, 0.26 in the United States, 0.17 in Canada and 0.10 in Japan.
"It is proven that industrialized countries which are willing to apply energy conservation technologies can save large quantities of energy," Oktaufik said.
On the world energy intensity index, which measures energy consumption against GDP, Indonesia got a score of 400, with Thailand at 350, less than 300 in the United States, and only 100 in Japan, he said.
The higher the numbers, the more inefficient the energy consumption in a country was, Oktaufik said. (**)
Monday, July 11, 2005
We condolence the victims from WTC 11 September 2001, Bali 12 October 2002, Madrid 11 March 2004, and now London 7 July 2005. Those acts have been condemned by people all over the world and let them be an example how killings replace wisdom and how untrust replaces humanity. But so called "general accusations" - mainly against Muslim and Islamic symbols like woman headscarf - do happen everywhere in Western world as much as accusations against the Western colonial powers in the third world.
There was another atrocity in Europe. In Srebrenica, July 1995, 8,000 Bosnian Muslims lost their lives in the hand of Serb General Ratko Mladic, who is still searched to be brought to international trial. Four days after London bombings, Foreign Ministers of French, Dutch, and UK were present in Srebrenica, to commemorate "the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II". But should we live always in anger, hostility, and revenge?
No, I say. And let's stop this spiral of violence. Soumayya Ganoushi wrote an article about this. And believe me, one question to be answered is "do you love others more, just the same, or less than you love yourselves?"