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Worldwide Energy Needed for Globalization

Worldwide Energy Needed for Globalization

By Kamala Sarup

The rest of the world also would look kindly on this if energy prices would come down from the artificially high levels they currently are at. Lower energy prices would also stimulate economic growth worldwide, to the benefit of all, instead of a privileged few who are already filthy rich. Oil production is expected to peak soon, which means that oil will thereafter become less available and more expensive. That will mean that the non-oil producers will have to spend more money on things that oil produces and less on other things. Since oil is used in transportation and processing of many goods and food, that will mean that prices will rise generally. There is lots of thought but little action on how to replace oil with oil derived from natural gas and coal. Since Nepal has no oil, it will suffer economically like many other countries.

Coal, oil and gas, hydrocarbons, give off carbon dioxide when burned. Much of the CO2 remains in the atmosphere, which makes it more difficult for the heat on the earth to escape outside. That raises the earth's temperature and causes droughs, flooding, ocean acids, more disease, and lots of other effects that are harmful to humans. This is global warming and affects ALL countries. There is much talk but only a little action to reduce global warming, e.g., Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. did not sign. The U.S. is the biggest global warmer because it uses more hydrocarbons than any other country and therefore allows much CO2 into the air.

Globalization means that more and more countries are trading with each other and removing some of their production and services from the rich to the poor countries. Developing world also is getting much more production like is getting many services, such as call-answering, programming and accounting.

The result of globalization is that wages will converge for those jobs, usually at the low end of the scale. An example is Wal-Mart where the workers receive low wages and no benefits. That is why in the U.S., parents want their children to attend college to maintain higher income levels.

In the U.S. since 1970s the average real wage has declined, with the lowest jobs receiving lesss. Their money goes to foreign workers and to the upper U.S. economic classes. Countries like Nepal cannot benefit much from globalization because they have no ocean shores from which they can send goods to other parts of the world cheaply.

The greatest imbalance seems to occur when those who receive the greatest benefits in Life, such as wealth, success, honor, greatness and other material treasures take the least amount of responsibility for returning a significant portion to society at large, from whence it came. We are living in such an Age now. The imbalance between benefits and responsibility inevitably results in Change, either in individual lives or in societies. The greater the imbalance, the more rapid, violent and tumultuous will the be the resultant Change.

Why do the wealthy and powerful do such foolish things that cause suffering to the rest of us? Because they can and because we allow them to. Or, in other words, because we are human beings. Thus globalization is perfection, and human beings are most decidedly perfect in History's view.

Globalization seems to assign responsibility. The deeply unhappy among us, those who have been completely captured by demons, are generators of negative energy production.

So, In globalization, and in my guess we are now entering a short era (9-12 months) of "power development", ie. Carbon-based emission system of trading. Bridge worldwide energy need gap with nuclear power plants.


Kamala Sarup is an editor of

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