Re: ENERGY FUTURES
- Obviously this is a highly complex subject, but the title of the
original message brought to mind the rather old book "Energy Future:
Report of the Energy Project At the Harvard Business School" by Daniel
Yergin, now of Cambridge Energy Research Associates
There is a rather direct link between "level of development" and
energy consumption, so this issue is going to become relevant for more
and more countries in the future (assuming that "development" does not
cease). The larger issue is how can we "break" this linkage between
development and energy consumption? If we cannot do this, well I
personally don't think that alternative energy sources and fuels are
going to solve that one!
ps. You might want to also pose this question to the Energy &
Resources discussion forum on YahooGroups - but expect *lots* of
--- In WorldTransport@yahoogroups.com, "Eric Britton"
> Does anyone have some ideas or counsel for Andrew?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Roux [mailto:aroux@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 11:36 AM
> To: postmaster@...
> Subject: ENERGY FUTURES
> Dear Professor
> My country always relied upon natural resources for electricity
> generation. Those sources are almost completed. Thus we have to map-out
> a new route in terms of ENERGY FUTURES.I want to write an essay (3000)
> words on the futures of the energy sector of my country, Namibia.
> From Furures scholar's view, what should be my strategies and
> Your advice is highly appreciated.
> Andrew Roux
> P.O.Box 10195
- This is a follow-up to an old sustran-discuss thread that began in April
(as [sustran] FW: Traffic in India) when I posted a link to a video of a
chaotic looking Indian intersection. It provoked debate on the merits of
traffic discipline versus chaos and later moved on to some other related
issues. All of this resonates with debates about shared space or naked
streets approaches to streets and the public realm.
Then I noticed the proliferation of what you might call 'traffic
exotica' video clips on the GlobalSouth Mobility group at YouTube -
http://www.youtube.com/group/globalsouth. This got me
thinking about this issue again - and if or how shared space idea might
apply to lower income cities.
So I decided to blog about it - with more questions than answers I must
The entry is called: 'Naked streets' and safe chaos
And it begins:
"I recommend taking a look at YouTube's GlobalSouth group which has more
than 60 short videos now on transport in developing countries. A
striking number of the videos are simply footage of streets or
intersections in countries like India, China or Vietnam. Most of them
show traffic that at first glance looks completely and utterly CRAZY,
often with a mind-boggling diversity of road users doing anything and
everything you could imagine."
Feedback welcome. I am sure some of you may know a lot more about this
than I do.