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Indonesia: Running on fuel or fumes?

  • Julia Suryakusuma

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 4 2012   /  11:01 am

During the national controversy about the proposed government planned fuel-price hike, one argument for removing the subsidy was to provide incentives for alternative and renewable energy sources.

After all, these abound in equatorial Indonesia — wind, water/rain, tides, geothermal and, of course, solar energy! Any of these is better than our current addiction to polluting, non-renewable carbon fuels.

But then I identified another source: Fume energy! Let’s face it, people are fuming all over the country about the fuel-price hike — from angry and emotional demonstrations across the country to heated “debates” in the House of Representatives.

If only Indonesian scientists could develop a technology to harness “fume power”, we could turn anger and argument into sources of renewable energy! After all, there’s “pee power” (http://www.huffingtonpost.c...