Archive for September, 2010

Asia’s Poorest are Energy Starved

September 26th, 2010

Asia’s Huge Energy Challenges

Despite having the world’s largest coal based economies Asia is energy starved.

1.5 Billion people in Asia have only partial access to electricity, which is vital to a decent living standard. The life-giving but very complicated solution: electricity from coal.

World leaders consumed with battling climate change are also taking to task extending electricity throughout the developing world.

We are at odds with crisis . First we have an environmental crisis with global warming. At the same time a human crisis of the “energy poor” who don’t have access to electricity in the home. These people cannot purchase any common household necessities. The UN and World Bank will focus efforts to bring affordable energy supplies to the world’s poorest people.

Most sensible environmentalists acknowledge that climate policy cannot forget aspirations of people in developing countries to lift they’re living standards.

Energy poverty — or the lack of access to electricity in the home-represents a staggering challenge across the developing world.

It is among the most critical issues  raise the standard of living of the world’s poorest citizens.

33% of India’s 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity, and twice that number rely on wood or dung to cook.

The dependence on wood for energy is environmentally destructive — for example, a major cause of deforestation — and a significant cause of ill health and early death due to hazardous indoor air quality.

In the developed world coal and oil are what has fueled our industrialization: Coal powers more than half the world’s electricity, while oil fuels the world’s transportation system.

It is immoral to deny India or Bangladesh the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the modern hydrocarbon economy.

Unfortunately fossil fuel like coal and oil are polluting.

With 400 million people still living without electricity, India relies on coal for 69 per cent of its power supply and has the fourth-largest coal reserves in the world, after the U.S., Russia and China.

Both India and China are rapidly expanding their coal-based power supply. Coal is by far the cheapest way to generate electricity.

Its Energy vs Environment for billions of people. It will be a huge challenge to bring the two things together to address poor people’s basic development requirements.