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Yogesh Gupta

Reservoir Engineer, Shell International E&P

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Donation or Change?

There are two ways to tackle CO2 emissions 1) Awareness 2) Economics
1) I have chosen awareness because there is a lot of strength in this solution if it comes from the common man’s heart and mind. This is also behavior related hence long term solution. Just like defensive driving.
2) Economic solution is hard to implement cause our behavior does not change, but ways to get around economic enforcement increases. (tax evasion, black market, etc)

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http://yogeshpgupta.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/donate-or-change/

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    Dec 13 2012: Yes! its possible for a developed nation to punish manufacturers.. but for developing nation governments its difficult.

    (Recently when the Indian government reduced the subsidy on fuels and LPG, the government was criticized a lot. This puts the ruling party under pressure as the elections are coming in 2014.

    I think it is time that high energy consuming citizens should be also liable to pay more. Together with economic pressure and awareness, the target of CO2 emissions reduction can be achieved. This also gives time for other source of energy to kick in.

    Although, it is better to change habits now.. because if all the population of india and china start living like the west right now, we will be out of time in days..
    • Dec 13 2012: "Yes! its possible for a developed nation to punish manufacturers.. but for developing nation governments its difficult."

      International cooperation is key: governments should not allow corporate blackmailing (threats to move to another country) because this creates a race to the bottom. Countries should stand together so that corporations who don't want to improve have nowhere to move to. The same holds for wages, working conditions, pollution standards and taxes.

      "(Recently when the Indian government reduced the subsidy on fuels and LPG, the government was criticized a lot. This puts the ruling party under pressure as the elections are coming in 2014.
      I think it is time that high energy consuming citizens should be also liable to pay more."

      The true costs of energy use should indeed be visible to society but I'm not sure letting the poorest of the poor pay extra is the way to go, unless they're compensated another way so they have a choice between having more money and having the same amount of money instead of a choice between having the same amount of money and having less money.

      "Although, it is better to change habits now.. because if all the population of india and china start living like the west right now, we will be out of time in days..."

      50 years from now that shouldn't be a problem because of technology, at least if the rich countries grow slower than the poor ones (which does seem to be happening), and the world goes green, but in the meantime there are going to be a lot of catastrophes and conflicts and we have to ensure economic growth does not get usurped by the global rich (millionaires and billionaires).

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