Our Life on Pacific Islands
You and your International Date Line! It's only the 21st, 22:30 here on the East Coast of the U.S.A. I'll wish you happy Earth Day in an hour and a half ;)That's a good point. Re-usable shopping bags are good, but if they're not made with renewable materials, they're still bad for the environment. Nalgene bottles are better than disposable, but only if they can be made of recyclable materials. I do have hope. We're working on it, I really think we are.Bikes are the best, though. They can be re-build and re-used over much of their life. We've got a cool bike shop up here that, in addition to selling new bikes, refurbishes and sells old bikes, too!
Thanks Arkonbey. Yes, bicycles are great. Thanks for that link - very cool shop!There are two brothers in Port Townsend, Washington who run a shop together called "The Recyclerly". They do a lot of education and community outreach. Interview here: Changing the World One Bike Rider at a Time
Good point there... should be on the lookout for ourselves...
Thanks Lrong.. wow another bicyclist. The meeting will now come to order. :D
the Recyclery looks AWESOME! Too bad it's nearly as far away as from me as a bike store could be without leaving CONUS. The NW is a lot like VT, it a way. (I did hit Port Townsend a couple of times when I served on the USCGC Fir back in '89. They probably weren't around then)
Arkonbey - yeah, in '89 the younger brother hadn't been born yet. I think the Recyclery was started in 2009.You served on the original Fir? Quite a venerated ship. That must have been an interesting experience.
I stayed inside programming like a madman today...not much in the spirit of the day. We did expand our garden this year and the compost from last year looks very nice. It was an unseasonably frosty week and it appears that only our peas may survive, so more planting soon! Word verification: Coatip - If the hat tip doesn't get their attention...
Kehlwok - I spent a lot of time gardening. I'm hoping to put in more work at it this year and look for better results than last.I think it was Sir Walter Raleigh who invented the coatip. :)
What was I doing on "Earth Day"? Working the usual 8:00 to 7:00.Morning was nice, though.Hmm...some teachers I know in Kashima started cycling to work after the Quake made gasoline (temporarily) hard to get, and some of them have continued the habit. In my case, I have to wonder how long it would take me to make the journey.
Moody - gasoline will get increasingly expensive and hard to get over the next few years as the oil fields continue to decline and the population of exporting nations continue to use more themselves and export less. It's been happening already. As a result, more people in energy poor nations like Japan will get on bicycles. Folks further out, such as yourself, will also learn to do things differently, but in other ways - car pools perhaps, or arranging new transport using buses. It has happened before. I experienced it in the early 70's in California. People adapted then, they will do so again. It just won't be temporary this time.
We just had another increase in the price of premium petrol by 20 sen right after an earlier increase very recently. Premium petrol (RON 97) is now at RM2.90/liter while the subsidised petrol is at RM1.90/liter. How do these compare to the price in Japan? (Foreign-registered vehicles can only use premium petrol.)
HappySurfer - RM1.90 would equal about 51 yen. We pay 149 yen. Put the other way, 149 yen per liter would be RM5.56! Of course, Malaysia has large gas and oil reserves of its own, Japan has virtually none. Production of oil in Malaysia has peaked, however, which means that Malaysian oil exports, and thus income, will decline and at some point, you will need all of the oil produced for home consumption. Enjoy the cheap gasoline while it lasts. ;^)
Wow! At that price (RM5.56), most of us would be taking public transportation or probably taking the bicycle to work though that would involve restructuring the road system.Some oil was discovered in East Malaysia recently so that would get us going for a little while longer though there'd come a time when production would grind to a halt. Not a pretty thought.
Happy - the figure I read was 100 million barrels. As Malaysia used 539,000 barrels per day in 2009, and the amount increases every year, this new find would only add about 6 months to the reserves. This does not take into account that older fields are depleting and so production is going down (production for all Malaysia peaked out in 2004. Since a large share of the government's budget comes from oil sales, declining oil production poses a big problem for the Malaysian government. Of course, everyone is scrambling for oil and other resources nowadays.
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