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Crude 'oil' reality- NO easy Energy

New Delhi, Thu, 05 Jun 2008 Deepak Mohanty

After observing no back off in the price of international oil and natural gas markets, the government of India had no option but to hit the consumer by raising the prices of diesel and petrol by Rs 3 and Rs 5 respectively and that of LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder. The present price hike presses hard on the fact that the age of fossil energy is over; a worthy assertion on the very occasion of World Environment Day.

With both food and oil price zooming and the world showing no sign of easing out, it is to realize that the good time has gone as climatic change is again posing the big question of energy efficiency and alternative source. Besides waiting for oil prices to come down, either with increase production through new supplies or tax reduction or any other mathematical calculation (which is out of average people’s minds), people and communities should now come forward in energy consumption.

Without considering the present energy crisis and relating it to increased consumption in particular regions or most critically a global political game, individual must take responsibility instead of merely blaming the government. No doubt any rise in oil price hits the household food budget the most by pushing the cost of production, but this has every reason to link towards a sustainable growth.

Uncertainties and extreme climate change will simply make the food shortages and energy consumption in future worse, so it’s now up to the individual to reduce their output of greenhouse gases by using lower carbon technologies or reducing their net energy consumption by adopting various alternative methods in their lifestyle.

Let’s see what the alternatives one can opt for to rein in from the oil price rise; one can use public transport instead of local trains or bus instead of vehicles which consume more fuel; making the car more fuel efficient with regular servicing to a recommendable mileage; one can buy product from the wholesale market by cutting down the cost of transportation; using accurate size pressure cooker or smaller burner while cooking etc.

So even despite rising oil prices, one can reduce its overall impact by just making the right choices in lifestyle while promoting energy efficiency, conservation for a larger cause.

At last Choices do make difference

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