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Yogesh Gupta

Reservoir Engineer, Shell International E&P

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Blame the Chinese or Hate the Indians?

The real motive of this post is to express a different view to the use of energy. Till date we measure the use of energy that is locally consumed. For an example, if you are using a computer to post a comment, the energy that is used by this computer is measured by US as energy consumed in the country. But the energy that is required to manufacture the computer, international transport, packaging ( also remind you, all the small small spare parts travelling from one country to the other just before it's ready for assembly) is not counted as energy consumed in US because all this energy was burnt in many developing countries.

Now when we talk about CO2 emissions, US will measure the CO2 emissions and its responsibility towards the environment based on energy consumed by the use of computer, not based on the whole chain of manufacturing, etc.

Developing nations are now held responsible for controlling its CO2 emissions at the cost of its growth, citing reasons that they need to play a responsible role in the world. But developed nations forget that just using renewable energy in their country will not solve the emission problem. They need to also invest in developing nations and NOT just encourage to use renewable energy or stop using computer for example to contribute to this world.

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    Dec 12 2012: Yogesh, I hate the blame game and all of the finger pointing .... so here is my quick take.

    This is a delicate issue. Developing countries need to assess the trade balance as part of the economic growth. Investors from all countries are looking for the most effective deal based on costs. If the country tries to push the cost of clean and efficient power generation on to the customer then they will just go elsewhere. The government must make expendatures to entice more business. If you government invests in education, and accommidations to generate business then it will be repaid many times over.

    Germany and Japan are good examples of countries that made big turn arounds after their wars.

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