Friday, January 13, 2006

China and India Reach Deal on Energy

Tied down in Iraq and hampered by his ideological obsessions, Bush seems incapable of dealing with an increasing number of developments in foreign affairs. Iran and North Korea immediately come to mind.

The biggest development in the last two years, however, is the growing number of nations who no longer look to Washington for leadership. New alliances and economic ties are leaving the US behind. India and China are entitled to join the 21st century so it's understandable that they take energy seriously as their economies expand. Here's an article in Businessweek:
China and India have agreed to share information on what they're paying for foreign oil and gas for their energy-hungry economies in an effort to tone down a multibillion-dollar rivalry that was driving up asset prices abroad, the Chinese government announced.

The agreement was among five energy cooperation deals signed Thursday during a visit to Beijing by Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, the government said.

Beijing and New Delhi promised to exchange information when bidding for oil resources abroad.
The article also mentions that China and India have agreed to cooperate on the development of alterntive fuels. If the fastest growing economies in the world are taking the energy issue seriously, and that seriousness includes the development of alternative energy in addition to new oil acquisitions, perhaps the Bush Administration ought to develop a real energy plan that doesn't depend on ideas two or three generations out of date.

Personal note: I've been busy the last few days learning enough html to keep myself more or less out of trouble (I don't think I'm every totally out of trouble with this stuff). I have one wish: that those who write books on html would stop being engineers long enough to write a decent index so I can find what I need!

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Anonymous Brad said...

India and China are coming on fast. I'm surprised there hasn't been more of an effort over the years for third world countries to use alternative energy since things like windmills and various kinds of solar energy are scalable and can be matched for local needs.

Good luck on that html by the way!

5:38 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Let me recommend "Visual HTML — Read less, learn more" from IDG Books. Comes with a disc.

It's the work of a Canadian family business, maranGraphics. Excellent, logical layout throughout and well indexed. It's written simply and clearly.

One nice thing about it is that it's not a textbook. When you're in a hurry and need to fix or put in something cookbook style, it presents the code you need along with an illustration of exactly what the code will look like or do.

Highly recommended.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Thanks S.W.

Your description sounds like it's what I need. I'll give it look.

2:55 AM  

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