The French term déjà vu means: “something tediously familiar or already seen” and so it is with the current energy scene. For this energy researcher

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One response to “The Energy Message for 2009”

  1. Richard G. Williams Avatar
    Richard G. Williams

    Trevor – you have articulated a very clear, logical, and proactive plan for Jamaica’s energy sector that should be supported by the key decision makers. Your advanced training and strategic thinking in energy should be coupled with the business and financial acumen of fellow Manchesterians (e.g., the Chen’s), who have the capacity for visionary thinking and can command the funds needed to foster change.

    The older generations has been risk averse, covertly racist, or suffer from a reverse Oedipal Complex wherein they do not give credence to a young man’s advanced training and keen insight in areas they refuse to admit that they are deficient. They prefer to have a foreign white man make a profit for himself and keep the technology captive rather than invest in their own offspring therein building local capacity.

    I will like to hope that Golding’s long wait under the wings of Seaga taught him how to respect the innovative thinking of Young Jamaicans. However, I too am concerned by the planned divestment of our sugar industry in the era of blended fuels (i.e., E10, ED15). While divestment may reduce our deficits and debts, failure to use effectively OUR land will re-shackle us to hegemonic powers and principalities.

    Even without advanced training in energy and bioengineering, the Old Testament teaches us the Natural Order of how to effectively use OUR land. For instance, we should have been pursuing crop diversification with the planting of rice and/or suitable crops once the cane fields are made fallow so as to renew and enrich the soil. Unused banana and coconut lands should have been converted to solar or wind farms from the 1970s.

    Jamaica needs to understand Change theories (e.g., Kurt Lewin’s) to break our mental slavery that Marley warned us against. Incidentally, Manley supported the creation of linkage industries and the re-use of otherwise discarded raw materials that you indicated. Thus, your star-apple analogy is well stated as we continue begging even through Jah gave us ALL the resources we need to thrive and succeed in our land.

    Give Us Vision Lest We Perish,

    Richard G. Williams