SYSTEM LOSSES in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity are explained succinctly in this NY Times Business article on Wasted Energy: "As energy is unlocked from fuels at power plants, two-thirds of the energy consumed to create electricity is lost." Move over Judy Ann Santos.
Then again there's Amado Gat Inciong, writing in the Philippine Daily Innuendo, that "public ownership of the power system" is a "sure-fire step to cut down the cost of power." I wonder which Red Planet these geniuses are from? The last time that happened was under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, which resulted in years of whole day blackouts and power shortages. Come to think of it, unless Napocor is privatized as required by Epira, what's changed?
Thirty solutions to the world's top ten biggest problems are proposed by an expert panel of leading economists that includes 5 Nobel Laureates at the Copenhagen Consensus Conference. A limit of 75 billion dollars was specified and all options weighed critically in a benefit cost analysis. Number One solution: spend $60 million a year to supply Vitamin A to 140 million affected children, to derive $1 billion a year in benefits. #2 was gimme: widen global free trade! But why did last place (#30) go to "mitigation of man made global warming by cutting down green house gas emissions. " Apparently the analysis shows that $800 billion on such remediation only produces $685 billion of benefit. So maybe the two leading economies in the world, the US and China are right in being outside the Kyoto Protocol. We simply have to get to cleaner energy technologies. More from ReasonOnLine.
Here is some ethnobabble from Michael Tan, who explains all "the different ways to knowledge": ethnopharmacology (a visit to Quiapo Church tiangge), ethnoastronomy, ethnomathematics, ethnozoology, ethnobotany, ethnowhatnot. Ethnic, get it? Must be back to school time or something. Oh, but look out as the Palace is about to sign the Cheaper Fake Medicines bill. Talk about babble.
Speaking of which, SCIENCE is still NOT being taught to Grades One and Two students in the Public Schools, thanks to DepEd, GMA and the Men in Skirts of the Catholic Church. All for God and Country, wot?
Bring it on, already. Obama-Clinton vs. McCain-Rice (or Powell maybe?).