Robin Hood in reverse

2014.04.15 Things seem to be getting bigger and bigger every day in the modern world – in fact, it’s increasingly assumed that unless you’re a big country you have no chance in the global economy. Consequently, when looking at a map of the world, people often wonder how small countries like Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Jersey, and…

Are we seriously going to import electricity?

2014.03.26 The plan of PT PLN, the state electric company, to import electricity from Malaysia makes us see red. Even though they claim that it is cheaper to import rather than produce it ourselves, this news has broken our heart. Indonesia, as a country, has an abundance of natural resources to produce our own electricity,…

Why not biomass?

2014.02.28 Reading an article about Growth Steel Group building biomass power plants in several Indonesian regions (http://industri.kontan.co.id/news/gsg-operasikan-lima-pltu-biomassa) has raised the  country’s expectations for renewable energy, even though the sector is moving at a snail’s pace with minimum support from the government. Indonesia is highly dependent on a steam power plant that relies on coal as…

The hypocrisy of humanitarianism

2014.02.25 A few days ago, the UN released a long-awaited report on human rights abuses in North Korea. It comes as little surprise to hear that the government of the Hermit Kingdom is abusing its own citizens, but the actual details of that abuse remain sobering. Collective punishment continues (though the report found it isn’t…

New Year’s 2014 gift: LPG price hike

2014.01.14 The parties, honking trumpets and “Happy New Year!” well-wishes have barely ended and already we are hearing shocking news from the state-owned oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, that the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas will be raised by 57 percent, or Rp 3,959 per kilogram, starting January 1st. This policy, of course, has…

Recycling electronics: the key to combating climate change in the 21st Century

2013.11.25 Waste is an inevitable and almost integral part of our society. With technological advancement, especially in urban cities, and the fast-paced development of new electronics, we consume large amounts of electronics in our everyday lives. And that’s just consumption. The short lifespan of electronic equipment, coupled with the constant advancement of software and hardware,…