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Greener Energy for a Better Future
Saturday, April 24, 2010@ 1:24 AM
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The energy crisis has rippled through the economy and created a sea-change in growth, production and sustenance across the planet. Energy on a global scale is sourced from the mass-energy producing fossil fuels such as petroleum. The two chief by-products of petroleum applied in our day-to-day life are gasoline and fuel oil.

Knowing the rate at which fossil fuel reserves are getting depleted due to infrastructure building activities, mining, construction, deforestation etc and the exponential increase in the demand for fuel, the world’s attention is swiftly shifting towards creating sustainable energy sources that will go a long way towards advancing environmental protection.

Offshore drilling for tapping oil or petroleum resources in sea-beds or other water bodies has on occasion had disastrous effects on the environment. Such hazards do not foresee progress for the future. For instance, offshore oil drilling can trigger seismic activities that may be otherwise dormant in the earth’s crust. Other environment concerns regarding petroleum include production of pollutant wastes that are either allowed to mix with the water bodies flowing into merging with the sea, or end up polluting large tracts of land that might have been farmland or animal habitats.

Offshore exploration and oil drilling also cause severe damage to the surrounding marine habitats. As a matter of fact, such measures, according to environmentalists, have led to a sharp decline in the population of some endangered species of whales. Additionally, oil spills due to accidents during transportation or effluent secretion into wetlands or seawater have led to the destruction of many natural habitats and ecosystems.

Greenhouse gases, disturbed ecosystems, global warming and the looming energy crisis are early warnings of a future in jeopardy. So environmentalists, politicians and industrialists are working together to create green energy and move the nation towards energy independence to resolve a host of problems associated with fossil fuel extraction. Apart from government efforts to look at the renewable sources of energy like solar energy, wind energy and hydrogen power, companies like Shell Oil, a global giant in offshore oil drilling and petroleum products, are redirecting efforts towards alternative energy sources and green energy initiatives.

Many groups in the petrochemical and oil industries operating across the planet have a vision for the future: to conserve energy while preserving our environment, and to produce more energy that is eco-friendly for the future.

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Our Need for Renewable Sources of Energy
Saturday, April 24, 2010@ 1:19 AM
Author: admin

Energy, environment and associated global warming concerns are the focus of raging debates as the global climate system impacts the political climate. The impending energy crisis and the soaring oil prices have their roots in the fast depleting non-renewable source of energy: petroleum. Petroleum takes the spotlight as the world’s primary energy resource as the petroleum industry produces indispensable gasoline and other fuel derivatives.

Everyone is well aware that these fuels have become part and parcel of our daily lives; it is imperative to understand what a critical role they play in the functioning of the world. Take the transportation industry for instance: the waterways, roadways, airways and rail transport all depend upon petroleum products (gasoline, diesel etc) for movement. And gas is still the chief medium of cooking for household kitchens.

A rise in the global population and a consequent increase in demand for oil and gas have meant that a heavy premium is levied on the usage of petroleum products. Worse, the increased usage of gasoline has resulted in the release of poisonous chemicals into the earth’s atmosphere, not sparing the water bodies which get heavily polluted by petroleum based industries.

So, the search is on for safe, renewable sources of sustainable energy that won’t pose any hazards in the long run. Efforts are also on to find effective means for creating green energy, meaning energy that is environmentally less damaging. For example, wind energy, solar energy, hydro energy can be tapped and channelled from different natural sources either to generate power (through solar cells, wind turbines, etc.) for myriad applications. These sources are inexhaustible, unlike petroleum and its derivatives, which are getting used up faster with each passing day.

As an alternative to gasoline, other pollution-free fuels such as hydrogen fuels, CNG (compressed natural gas), and biofuels are efficient, environment friendly and finding good acceptance the world over. Though the production of these fuels is yet to be undertaken on a scale large enough to supplant fossil fuels, the vehicles using them and leading the ‘save fuel, save energy’ campaigns are already showing the way for an ‘energizing future’.

The economy of the US is sustained by major oil producing industries and energy companies have begin to faced the backlash of fuel exploitation, a body blow resulting in recession. But revival measures are in full-swing in the US and other countries; by exploring the usage of alternate energy resources, the world can ensure sustainable growth and an economically stable future.

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Confronting the Global Energy Crisis
Saturday, April 24, 2010@ 12:43 AM
Author: admin

Drilling oil has been the mainstay method to obtain oil and gas for all our energy needs. For the past many years, mankind has been successful in extracting petroleum from under the seas. Though offshore drilling is profitable, it is extremely expensive and the process of detection and directing the drill to the exact place requires sophisticated technology and constant monitoring.  The dwindling proven sources of oil and gas have suffered heavy casualties in satisfying the world’s demand for oil.  Soaring oil prices have also been a cause for concern for the economies of emerging economies.  With the stock of natural gas dwindling by the day due to heavy usage, pipeline jobs face a bleak future. Energy companies constantly need to explore newer sustainable energy options to bring in more energy and also stabilize pipeline jobs.

Oil prices can normalize for the immediate future if the dependency on petroleum is minimized. The first step energy companies should take is to reduce demand by increasing efficiency. As an example, heavy vehicles like tractor-trailers should be constructed to get twice the fuel economy of the present day trucks by raising vehicle weight restrictions.  Estimates state that alone could cut fuel per ton mile by 15-30%. Petrol-hybrid SUVs have the power to triple present efficiency and should be encouraged. Use of domestically sourced natural gas will help eliminate or drastically reduce American oil use.
On the environmental front, research shows that the emissions from fossil fuels have contributed to 88% of the non-naturally occurring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Needless to say, these CO2 emissions are suspected as root cause of global warming. The alternative sources of energy that we should bring should be green energy.

The threat of global warming has created an urgent need to use renewable sources of energy with no CO2 footprint, and solar energy may fit the bill. Global energy companies like Shell Oil are now focusing on environmental protection as an element of the search for renewable energy sources. Oil exploration in the Arctic could potential spill enough oil to spell doomsday for the aquatic flora and fauna.
We need to tap sustainable energy by the means of solar energy or wind energy or hydroelectric power to generate more energy. It is certain that a  reformed regulatory framework would help to avoid future energy controversy while fostering the responsible pursuit this sustainable energy. Energy companies necessarily and naturally look for market certainty since government’s inconsistent policies can have a negative impact on the energy sector. To tackle conflicting interest in producing energy, energy independence is one the goal which requires clear cut decision making and policy.

The gravity of the situation can be improved with the right approach and policies being adopted.

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