Based on the sound bites heard on the local media the Philippine Government’s plan on the energy crisis includes

  • getting guarantees from governments with a considerable oil production
  • lower taxes
  • begging oil companies to not raise price
  • considering 4 day work week
  • promotion of natural gas
  • promotion of bio fuels

bio fuels and natural gas are plainly bad policy. It’s surprising that no tax is being proposed or at least considered. We have 1980 circa cars and engines plying the country’s streets and highway’s.  I cant seem to relate with the fact that buses and more noticeably jeepney’s are simply never retired. I could go on and on but I am getting worked up.

I pray the leaders of my country read the nytimes at least the good parts;

from this article:

Unlike America, Denmark, which was so badly hammered by the 1973 Arab oil embargo that it banned all Sunday driving for a while, responded to that crisis in such a sustained, focused and systematic way that today it is energy independent. (And it didn’t happen by Danish politicians making their people stupid by telling them the solution was simply more offshore drilling.)

PS:

Many people are amazed that the US didn’t really do anything after the first oil shocks of the 1970’s

Hmm ask the republicans??? No that’s unfair, ask the congress of those times.