Tuesday, March 14, 2006

If only we could read more...

The government minister distributed certificates to 40 participants of a week-long training session on the installation of solar energy systems...

He conveyed his ministry’s determination…to benefit from solar and wind energy to the greatest extent possible.

The minister stressed that cooperation with the private sector should be coupled with a publicity campaign so that the ministry and the energy sector could both benefit from the private sector's capabilities in the collective effort to promote citizens' use of solar energy.

If you thought that the exerpt above was taken from the Toronto Star or the Sydney Morning Herald, you are wrong. It was extracted from an article published by the Daily Star earlier today titled Fneish Promotes Use of Solar Energy.

Quite surprizing istn't it? In the midst of bickering about "the resistance," the presidency and the Sheb'aa farms, here is the Minister of Energy and Water promoting solar and wind energy in Lebanon, and speaking of public-private partnerships and government-sponsored publicity campaigns.

Good stuff! I am genuinely impressed by the Minister, and by his initiative to promote solar and wind energy in Lebanon.

Now if only we could read more of such initiatives in Lebanon.

For example, a week ago, the Daily Star published an article about a new organization in Lebanon called Eco-Power, which is headed by an individual who goes by the name of Elias Aoun. According to the article, Aoun, has succeeded in convincing 90 restaurants to donate their used vegtable oil to his organization rather than throw it down their drains. He then converts this grease into bio-diesel (a much less poluting substitute of fossil-diesel) and sells his product to paying customers.

Lebanon subsidizes conventional diesel heavily. Fossil diesel also pollutes Lebanon's air, and leads to an increase in incidence of resporatory diseases especially among children. For those reasons (and many more), Mr. Fneish should encourage Eco-Power and the bio-diesel industry in general by offering them incentives and gradually eliminating the subsidies that go to conventional diesel with the intent of making bio-diesel more competitive in the market place.

This proposition is one that is win-win-win!

  • The environment wins with biodiesel as do the children
  • The government wins because it does not have to subsidize conventional diesel
  • The economy wins because rather than import diesel, a bio-diesel industry is created

Yalla Mr. Fneish... support BIO-DIESEL! Support Eco-Power! Support Aoun! (Elias Aoun) :-)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the talent of magically turning waste to useful resources runs in the Aon family. Micho, for example, is widely known to convert random pictures off the internet (like a car with redish paint spilled into it) into powerful political statements that can rally the Lebanese against their common enemy -- sense and reason.
Vote for Michel Aon, vote for Voodoo Magic.

-FGA

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I realize I am willing to risk 6 years Living with president Micho just to piss off people like FGA :-)
hehehhe just a thought.

Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

See I told you a Aoun-Hizbullah government would do wonders!!

Raja said...

I have no doubt about certain traits of Hizballah and the FPM. I did not "accidentally" publish this post, Vic.

My beef with Nasrallah and Aoun have more to do with their relationship with the murderer in Damascus and the nuclear-seeking fanatics in Tehran who believe that peace in the Middle East can only exist when all the Jews are thrown into the Mediterranean!

hummbumm said...

Raja, this is PR baloney, issuing of certificates... for renewable energy. How about no more brownouts, bill paying etc.. i have no way to judge the comeptence of Fneish, but this does not move the needle either way. It is like seeing a cabinet minister at a school opening, it does not mean education standards are going up

Anonymous said...

Thanks Anonymous of 10:45, that's very sweet. I love you too.

FGA

Anonymous said...

Anytime FGA! *wink*

Mustapha said...

Raja,

we shouldn't be surprised at Mr. Fneish's behavior. As I argued back in September, he has many incentives to do his job well

acrobat said...

OT: how times change.....
http://www.lubnan-alkawi.com/14/index.php?lb=ahdas

my favourites:
08/03/1989 جنبلاط وبري يدعوان لعلاقات قويّة مع سوريا تمهيدا للوحدة المتكاملة

04/05/1989المفتي الجمهورية ( بلقاء مع الجاسم ) يصرح بأن القصف على الغربية يتم الآن من المنطقة الغربية وليس الشرقية
16/05/1989 اغتيال المفتي الشيخ حسن خالد في عائشة بكار

01/09/1989 حزب الله يعلن حرب مفتوحة مع الموارنة معتبرا حملة عون على سوريا هي حملة لابادة المسلمي


and, top of the pops:
12/06/1990 جمبلاط يرد على "الوزير" ألبير منصور: يجب أن يكون الجيش اللبناني فرقة على الأقل في
الفيلق السوري الموجود في لبنان