My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Alternative Energy and Jamaica's Oil Prospects - Carletta DeLeon, The Spy who Loved Me

Monday, September 6, 2010

Alternative Energy and Jamaica's Oil Prospects - Carletta DeLeon, The Spy who Loved Me

I saw the lightning’s gleaming rod,
Reach forth and write upon the sky,
The awful autograph of God.

Joaquin Miller, The Ship in the Desert

Carette DeLeon aka the Pet Tales Chick aka “Dilly” on Smile Jamaica on Television Jamaica, the local Television Broadcasting arm of the RJR Communications Group in Jamaica, mentioned on Smile Jamaica, aired Thursday September 2nd 2010, Television Jamaica that a traveling friend of hers in the Motherland Africa had a Sling box

First Generation of a few line of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) inclusive of the Roku, Tivo and Boxee, albeit strictly speaking the Tivo is a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) moonlighting as an IPTV.

This coincidental curious cat comment coming convincingly from Carletta (that’s seven C’s in a row!!) on the heels of Apple iTV Refresh by Apple CEO Steve Jobs Apple Refresh on Wednesday September 1st 2010 as stated in the article “For 99 cents, Amazon sells shows, Apple rents them”, published September 1, 2010 2:31 PM PDT by Ina Fried, CNET News - Beyond Binary is an astounding coincidence.

I say, but on the threat of sounding like a 16th Century English Courtier, I must concur with the observations of the airplane-phoebe Neville Bell: Nobody does it better than Carletta DeLeon, a crib from the James Bond movie The Spy Who loved Me (1997).

This as I sit watching past episodes of Smile Jamaica backed up on my computer, which double as a Television set and a DVR, while I chew on my chocolate pipe. John Public munches melancholy, musing muddled mind mixing metaphors (that’s seven M’s, a new world record!!)

But another bolt of lightning coincidence also struck; Jamaica is on the verge of discovering Oil. The article reference, entitled “Jamaica may have 3 billion barrels of Oil”, published Wednesday, September 01, 2010, the Jamaica Observer ( Yes, I am STILL giddy with excitement, as this news refuses to die down in Tech circles.

I am yet to even publish the other blog articles I have written this far, slated to be put online as soon as I go to Amazing PC, in Bargain Village, May Pen, Clarendon, located on the Baxter Building at the back, where of course I am the Mayor. Tash, the buxom, short Candace Buchanan look-alike bartender of the D’ Hive (I prefer the name Bee Hive, for the record) will definitely get a kick out of this news for sure.

Best of all, I finally have an argument I finally can use to convince some of those sexy, nymph-like beauties from the Peoples Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to stay in Jamaica after they complete their Geology Degrees at the University of the West Indies – as definitely they are coming to settle and stay once the Oil Drilling Starts, which can be any time between now and March 2011. Need to start workin’ on my Trinidadian accent from now.

Just be on the safe side, I may also need to stack on my Vybz Kartel CD, as Dancehall music is hot on the island, their indigenous music getting a fight from Dancehall, even though Dancehall Artiste Movado and Vybz Kartel are banned from setting foot in the People’s Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the other small islands.

I hope, however, in all this cross-cultural exchange, that we do not lose sight of the importance of this discovery and what it can mean for the future of Jamaica, my thanks again to the Sagres Energy, the parent of Canadian firm Rainville Energy that had drilling rights in Jamaica since Thursday June 15th 2006 AD, announced Friday August 27th 2010 AD and reported in detail on Wednesday September 1st 2010 in the Jamaica Observer of their find.

We still have LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) as part of our push towards Electricity Generation Efficiency, which should not be abandoned. LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Gas Turbine Generator upgrades to Jamaica Public Service co. Ltd (JPS Co.) Generators future cost reductions of the order of 20% to 30% in the electricity bills of consumers and Private Sector as stated in the article “Gov't eyes LNG cure for energy problems”, published Wednesday June 16 2010 by Laura Redpath, Senior Staff Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner.

This will put us on the path to reducing the cost of energy in Jamaica, thus boosting our country’s productivity by lowering the cost of manufacturing locally made products for export, thus a counterbalance the constantly appreciating Jamaica dollar, a natural side-effect of borrowing money from the IMF and placing it in the Bank of Jamaica.

Even the United States of Americas aware of the potential of LNG,  being plentiful in terms of domestic supply, which according to Ernest Moniz, Director of the prestigious engineering institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently in Time Magazine, a prestigious USA publication, accounts for 24% of the Electricity Generation within the USA as stated in the article “Fuel of the future?”, published Sunday July 4 2010 by Dwight Bellanfante, Gleaner Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Additionally, Middle East and Far East interests, hoping to maintain the USA’s drug addict’s dependence on their supply of Cheap Energy, have begun to sequester the Government of United States of America with their abundant supplies, so plentiful and cheap that it is not only successfully competing with the People’s Republic of Trinidad and Tobago contractually guaranteed supply of LNG to the USA as stated in the article Rivalry sends Trinidad in search of New LNG Markets”, published Saturday, July 4, 2009, The Saturday Gleaner, by Linda Hutchinson-Jafar, Business Writer, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Middle East and Far East interests  are also challenging the very investment in Wind and Solar Energy with LNG supplies so cheap, that it can compete with the LNG extracted from within the USA on the basis of pricing alone, even with USA extracted LNG having ten-year lows as stated in the article “Solar, Wind feel the heat from low natural-gas prices”, published January 29, 2010 12:43 PM PST by Martin LaMonica, CNET News - Green Tech.

This whole episode puts squarely into view the seriousness of the coming of Peak Oil by 2015 AD, as ominously predicted by the IEA (International Energy Agency) as stated in the article IEA official warns of shrinking oil supplies: Report”, Sunday August 2nd, 9:04 pm ET, AFP, Yahoo News.

This backed up by the dire warning in statements attributed to Sir Richard Branson of Virgin as stated in the article “World faces Oil Crunch by 2015”, published Sunday 14 February 2010, AFP, The Jamaica Herald.

Folks, this is serious stuff.

Even the People’s Republic of China’s plan to flood the World Market with its cheap LNG seems to be in trouble.

They are even going five (5) miles below the China Sea in a DSV (Deep Sea Vehicle) appropriately named Jaiolong, Mandarin for “Sea Dragon” in search of frozen deposit fields of Methane Hydrate along with the quest for more Rare Earth Metals as stated in the article “China builds base to tap deep-sea energy: state media”, published Friday August 27, 1:23 am ET, Yahoo News

The People’s Republic of China has in abundance and is using to build out its Clean Energy Infrastructure as well as do research to make Wind Turbines and Solar Technology to sell to the world as stated in the article “China clean tech's rare-earth advantage”, published August 12, 2010 5:37 AM PDT by Reuters News Agency, CNET News - Green Tech.

Even the atmosphere is not being ruled out as a source of Renewable Energy, as a huge amount of energy is stored in the atmosphere, lightning discharges being a sign of this stored energy reserve as stated in the article “Scientists work to harness lightning for electricity”, published August 26, 2010 11:23 AM PDT by Candace Lombardi, CNET News - Green Tech, shocking good prospect, no pun intended, as the atmosphere is the ultimate capacitive battery storage for Energy.

There is still no word or comment at the time of writing this article from Senator James Robertson, Minister of Energy and Mining, on the progress of the transitioning of JPS Co Generating capacity to LNG, much less on the recent Oil Discovery, or what the Government of Jamaica plans to do with the discovery’s coming wealth – and inextricably linked corruption, possible making Contractor General Greg Christie a bit more watchful.

No clear plan or timetable to commit to conversion of vehicles to flex-fuel engines on E85, much less the adoption of All-Electric Vehicles, which would save many household money on expenditure on gasoline.

All-Electric Vehicles, when compared to the Kilowatt hours of Energy from a liter of gasoline, are more efficient users of energy than the outdated and slightly modernized Otto Cycle Engines that we Jamaicans call automobiles that only manage 40% efficiency and barely 14 mpg (Miles per Gallon) for SUV (Sport Utility Vehicles) and 23 mpg for cars - if you are lucky.

Good to note that in the article “Sagres yet to commit to Jamaica Oil drilling”, published Friday, September 03, 2010, The Jamaica Observer and the article “Wright affirms Oil potential”, published Friday September 3rd 2010 by Jamaica Information Service, The Jamaica Gleaner, mention is made of using the Oil as Balance of Payment to reduce our foreign debt racked up from our love affair with automobiles.

Thus, if it is the case that everyone has forgotten the charge of Senator Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica, which he gave to the Students of the University of the West Indies while re-launching G2K (Generation 2000), the youth arm of the JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) in 2006 as stated in the article “Golding urges students to look into oil prospects”, published Friday February 23, 2007, The Jamaica Gleaner.

I shall repeat his words: “I am going to challenge you [students] to watch this oil exploration. We are going to be insisting on it that if it is confirmed that Jamaica has commercial quantities of oil within our territorial waters, we are going to want the benefits of that oil managed in such a way to secure Jamaica's economic future.”

Let it be known from now that John Public will be watching this power play by the JLP to win the next General Election in 2011-2012 as per the instructions of Senator Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica.

This as he mentioned the ideal use for the revenue derived from the Levy, Taxes and percentage Earnings from the discovery of Oil: the revenue derived from the sale of the Oil on the International Market should be placed in an Oil Reserve Fund.

Much as it is done in the People’s Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, then a decision being taken as to what is to be done with the bulk of the money as stated in the article as stated in the article “Golding urges students to look into oil prospects”, published Friday February 23, 2007, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Most likely, the money from the FDI (Foreign Direct Investor) being used as balance of payment for foreign and local debt servicing as per the recommendations of Dr. Omar Davies, Former Minister of Finance.

John Public, The Judge in the Court of Public Opinion, stands riding upon the Gryphon of Fleet Street, The Four Winged Eagle cum Lion Guardian of the Media……….high upon the hill from my seat of power in Milk River, Clarendon, watching.

My fellow Jamaicans, I encourage you all, both locally and abroad to do likewise, as after all, Senator Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica, spoke these words in 2006 at the University of the West Indies.

As one of the hundreds of University of the West Indies at that political rally who witnessed this event, we admonish Senator Bruce Golding, Prime Minister of Jamaica to keep his word on this, possibly the greatest thing to happen to Jamaica since Independence.

Plus, as far is I see it, nubile Trinidadians girls who studied Geology in he Department of Geology, University of the West Indies staying over for the Summer of 2011 in my cottage in Jamaica is not such a bad thing……………. 

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