Published by earthlife at December 15, 2010
During 2010, the energy debate focused on climate change and the IRP2010. This Sustainable Energy Brief focuses on three somewhat ignored issues; BHP Billiton’s renegotiated Special Purchasing Agreement with Eskom, Eskom’s costs and revenue, and Peak Oil. Of these, the last is of the greatest concern, as the impacts are global and profoundly frightening. Compared to the energy basis of our economies disappearing, BHP Billiton’s local shenanigans seem small change.
Except that sweetheart deals with BHP Billiton seem to take the small change from the pockets of ordinary citizens and give it one of the world’s largest and most profitable minerals company. Something is rotten, and if we can’t sort out the relatively minor problem of BHP Billiton & Eskom, how can we ever hope to prepare for the day when oil, coal and gas become hard-to-get and expensive commodities?
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