Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My 101th post: this one is for Mother Nature

Alright, my blog is 101 posts old. I completed a century with my last post on the Bombay blood group. What began impulsively in 2005, has now become some sort of a passion. My blog allows me to thrash, trash, praise and do all sorts of things without caring too much about the results. That's probably because my blog isn't influential enough to stir some heads.

So, I thought, I should dedicate this post to Mother Nature, who has been unrelentingly providing us with everything we need, asking nothing except to care for her and nurture her, so that she can continue with her largesse. And don't be mistaken. I'm not smitten by the "Go Green" brigade. Rather it is frustrating to hear those guys, who keep on proposing incremental changes but nothing path-breaking.

The inspiration for this post came after hearing and reading all the talk about why bio-fuels are expensive. Most people say that bio-fuels are expensive, because the process of breaking down complex carbohydrate compounds, present in the feed-stock like corn, sugar cane, into smaller alcohols is difficult and contributes significantly towards the final cost of the fuel.

This is what happened with fossil fuels too. Today's petroleum based fuels have come about due to anaerobic decomposition of dead organisms. The process of decomposition has been going on for over hundreds of millions of years and was undertaken by Mother Nature. But, we haven't paid her anything. Instead, we are recklessly consuming these fuels and causing an irreversible harm to Nature. If there was some mechanism, to pay the Nature, the charges of breaking down dead organic matter into fuels, probably we would have seen more sensible use of fossil fuels. We are currently enjoying free fossil fuels, that are provided to us by Nature herself. Perhaps, this cost of conversion should be charged to the user, and the money put to use in environmentally beneficial activities.

Of course, we humans do not have the patience to allow nature to do its job. These fossil fuels have been formed over hundreds of millions of years. But we want to produce maximum amount of fuel in a given time. Therefore, we have to pay the cost of accelerating the decomposition process. This is a water-bed effect. Increase the time of production, cost will reduce and vice-versa.

So, when people talk of costly bio-fuels, remember that we are freeloading on the fuel that Nature has converted for us. She isn't charging us the conversion cost, but, on the contrary, bearing all the collateral damage.
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  1. Honoured to be the first to comment on your 101st. Congrats Vinay. But from 2005, only now its the 101st? Anyway you have been slow and steady.

    And the dedication: What would life be without Nature. On that line bio-fuel is not something of nature, it is a cultural thing invented by humans. What is your take on this?

    Happy to be part of the journey!

    Wish you more posts to come.

    Joy always,

  2. P.S: My comment is there on all the posts you have mentioned: thrash, trash, praise.


    Joy always,

  3. @Susan,

    Congrats for being the 1st one. You are amongst the most regular people who comment on my posts.

    Yes, I've been slow, I cannot write more than 4-5 posts a month. And there was a time when I had to use public terminals to write my blogs.

    Anyways, with bio-fuels we are in some way mimicking what nature did millions of years ago with fossils fuels. Infact, fossil fuels are also type of bio-fuels itself. They did originate from organic matter. So, it isn't a cultural thing invented by the humans.