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Saving energy an urgent priority for all

Friday - February 1, 2019 8:37 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN: Energy conservation is a big issue these days and countries are sweating it out to find out ways to conserve energy on the face of global warming and growing population. We have all come to realise the transient nature of our depleting resources that are no doubt not going to serve us for long, even as our energy needs are going only to rise in days to come. 

Already fuel prices are skyrocketing, even drinking water comes at a price and our coal deposits too are not going to last more than half a century. Many parts of the world are already reeling under power crisis. Power is also related to water and agriculture, which means the lesser power we have, the greater will be water and food crisis.

Indian power generation method is still largely thermal (coal-based) which means we are more vulnerable than some other countries which have already switched to solar and nuke power options bracing for the bleak future. The only two solutions that are before us to save us from the obvious crisis are energy conservation, that each one of us need to do urgently, and second, shifting from the heavy dependence on conventional non-renewable resources like coal and fuel to renewable resources like solar, wind and nuke energy options, which are still in nascent stage in our country, despite our efforts and hopes for the same taking shape for the last 30 years.

Government unwillingness and lethargy and more importantly the high costs wind, solar and nuke projects entail, especially in a poor country like India, make it a tardy progression.  Then there are security issues and land acquisition hurdles that make establishing big nuke and wind energy projects in the country a difficult proposition that need long-term planning, strategy, inter-department coordination and finally, implementation that take a beating due to changing governments and policy priorities, and obviously corruption.

Our energy need fulfillment from nuke and solar energy is still very little and exploitation of wind energy is negligible. We spend millions in importing crude oil but don’t spend the money in setting up our own solar fields. Some promotion by the government for solar energy use in personal house lighting has borne fruit as many villages have adopted the technology but that too is limited and slow. For cultural taboos, bio-gas/gobar-gas ventures too are scorned and discouraged, though they produce wonderful clean energy. Our vehicle emissions are high and going higher. Cities are toxic dens. CNG conversion is very tardy and little.

Filling stations are few. Car-pooling is an alien concept. We waste our water and electricity, keeping taps on and bulbs lit up even in the day.  Given such negative trends it is not likely that we can do much in saving our environment and famished energy resources from rapid depletion and degradation any time soon. Obvious, unless we sit up and act!-Window To News

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