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  • Jul 27 2011: We all are addicted to energie which should not be a problem. But we all, myself included, use to much energie from hydrocarbons. wheras other sources of engery are very .. very rarely sitimulated. Is this because the oil companies do not have a intrinsic interest in reducing their short term share holders value. Maximizing next quarter profits are more commently spoken about. And yes we speak about other subjects but is that not dressing up the show that needs to continue to get to the next share holders meeting. There is not a single petrol station which refuses to fill up a car that is not meeting the highest fuel economi ratings. Inconturary if you fill up for more that 25 or 50 liters you get a bonus. In the future these customers should get a penalty, which will be used to help the person to reduce his energy addition.

    Why can't I save money or collect bonusses to help making long term investments. Support investments in solar panels that is needed to make a jump start to cure our addiction for hydrocarbons.
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      Jul 28 2011: Carli

      A couple of comments in response to you if I may. First of all I think you are underestimating the extent of research and development in new and more efficient fuels and the increasing use of alternative liquid fuels derived from more sustainable sources of biomass - like sugar cane. Also firms are actively targeting driving behaviour to encourage motorists to get ever better performance out of their vehicle and our fuels.

      Similarly you see companies like ours increasingly making investments in natural gas which remains the cleanest fossil fuel and allows countries who produce and use it to produce far cleaner electricity than those which use coal for example.

      You are right, we don't turn drivers away for using non-efficient vehicles. We don't of course build those vehicles either and in that sense our products and services have to respond to what manufacturers build - such as more diesel cars, more efficient petrol engines, liquified and compressed natural gas fuels in some parts of the world.

      Our own estimates for the uptake of electric vehicles have increased as battery technologies have become more and more viable and we will see them becoming more common place - particularly in cities to begin with.

      It's worth noting that a new car taking to the roads today for the first time will still be running somewhere in 10-15 years. So the pace of transformation is gradual but nonetheless transformation will take place.

      Thanks

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