Who Is To Blame For The Flooding Brought On By Typhoon Ondoy? A Message For The Filipinos

Posted on May 31, 2011
Filed Under Ocean Waves As an Alternative Energy Solution! |

On Saturday, September 26, 2009, Typhoon Ketsana struck Metro Manila and brought with it unprecedented amounts of rainfall that the Philippines has never experienced before. Locally known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ondoy, Ketsana caught the country totally unaware and unprepared for disaster. When Ondoy finally blew its way out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it left behind at least 300 people dead and millions of people displaced by flooding. It also destroyed some $100 million worth of property.

After Ondoy has passed, the finger-pointing that is almost natural to Filipinos ensued. The displaced victims of Ondoy blamed the government for not coming quickly to their rescue. Some government heads blamed the people for ignoring flood warnings that were announced as early as the Thursday before Ondoy made landfall. Many politicians eager for attention in time for the upcoming 2010 Presidential Elections were quick to blame the Arroyo Administration for lack of preparedness in times of disaster.

Obviously, there are different floating boom types for different types of water. As a matter of fact, there are even booms that absorb liquids, notably oil-based liquids and other hydrocarbons.

But the floating booms that are used for containment purposes are non-absorbent. Their job is to contain the spill, not to absorb it. Once the spill is contained, however, the absorbent booms and other absorbent tools can be brought in to absorb the oil.

One of the most compelling things about Algae fuel is that it is a drop-in replacement for conventional gasoline. It can be used in conventional automobiles with absolutely no modifications to the engine. There is no need to develop a new distribution system for delivering algae fuel to consumers as the same trucks, gas stations, pumps, holding tanks, etc. can be leveraged. Logistically, algae fuel is as close to the corner gas station as any alternative to oil today. The US alone boasts over 30 companies researching, developing, and even producing algae fuel. One company, Sapphire Energy, launched a cross country tour of vehicles running on algae fuel on Sep 18, 2009.

If anyone needs evidence of this fact, one only needs to look at the aftermath of the flooding Monday morning after Ondoy has passed and the floodwaters have already ebbed. The streets were literally piled high with garbage dislodged by the flood. Certainly not all of them were furniture and other belongings swept away from individual households affected by the flooding. A good many of them were garbage disposed improperly in our rivers, canals and other waterways, brought to the surface by the flood.

Algae fuel is definitely on of the most promising alternatives to reduce and even eliminate our dependence on conventional oil. The vast majority of research to improve its production is being funded by private enterprises that see the money making potential of the technology. The price of conventional crude oil is still at a level that does not compel consumers to move to a new form of energy that is not significantly cheaper, but the next time the price of gasoline spikes to double or triple today’s levels, algae fuel will be well positioned to move into the main stream

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