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Petrol Unavailability and reduction of vehicles

Because of the unavilability of Petrol and Diesel, so many vehicles have reduced on the road and people are tending to use public transport and autos. There are long queues in Petrol Bunks and it is annoying to stand in such long queues. People are feeling it is better to take the bus or auto until it settles down. People are also not simply roaming around in vehicles as was done during normal days and see the petrol as a precious resource rather than a product which they can easily get if the shell out money.

Seeing this trend, if the number of petrol bunks are reduced and the petrol usage is limited per month per person using ration card method, number of vehicles can be strictly controlled and people will start using public transport mainly. They will use personal vehicles only during emergencies.

Again, we need excellent public transport providing connectivity everywhere to achieve this.

silkboard's picture

Like how ...

Rithesh came to morning's Lalbagh Praja meeting on a bus. He'd have come on his bike otherwise :)

Thinking from economy point of view, the money we spend on petrol and personal vehicles should go to bus transport companies. Some calculations can prove that net net, Bangalore will save money, and City will see reduced consumption of fossl fuels. Need some assumptions on average fuel economy of buses, cars, bikes, and some guesstimates on commuter numbers everyday, and we should be able to calculate if Bangalore can cut its Carbon footprint if bus usage increases by 10%.

Will try this calculation sometime next week.

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video - Dr.Fatih Birol of the Int.Energy Agency on energy

I saw this video on another blog that I frequent - called The Oildrum (  It features a small talk by Dr.Fatih Birol (now how many of us have heard of him) - the chief economist of the IEA (International Energy Agency).  The IEA is a Paris based organization that among other things does research and forecasting on the energy outlook for the world over the next 20-30 years.

Recently the IEA commissioned a study on the 800 largest oil fields in the world to study their decline rates.  If you have read about oil fields, you will know that all oil fields hit a peak flow rate somewhere at the mid-poin of their reserves and then taper off, declining at an accelarating rate.  They came to a startling conclusion that globally oil fields are declining at an average of 6.4% per year vs previous (gue)estimates of about 3% per year.  The world produces and consumes about 30 billion barrels of crude oil each year.  On this basis and the 6.4% decline rate we will be producing 8 billion barrels a year in the year 2028.  That means we need to find an extra 22 billion barrels a year of new reserves over the next 20 years.  That is like finding 4 new Saudi Arabias.  WHat are our chances - time will tell.  But our track record of finding new discoveries has been falling over the past decade.

In the video, Dr Birol touches upon 3 distinct but inter-related topics - a) Crude oil projections b) Climate change and c) the financial crisis.  The financial crisis impacts both as investments in technologies and new fields will go down.  Climate change is on us - whether we like to believe it or not.  The Arctic could very well be ice free in the next couple of summers.   Moving to coal based energy means more CO2 and we are at the tipping point for CO2 as it is. 

Why have I posted it?  To clearly show the disconnect between our policies and what is needed.  Car based transportation is not a good solution.  Cutting down trees in the name of road widening is not the way to go.  Opening Kudremukh and degrading the Western Ghats is not the way to go. Do take the 1 hour to watch this.  Fatih's accent is a bit hard as well.

I will cross post this in gyaan.  Hopefully Mr.Sreehari has already seen this or will see it here on Praja.






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