Lopez on renewable fuels and the Marcoses


DENR Secretary Gina Lopez

DENR Secretary Gina Lopez

Lopez is of course the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez, a known environmentalist and a staunch critic of the use of fossil fuels like coal as energy sources for the country’s power plants.

The secretary, however, advocates strongly the use of renewable fuels or the alternative source of energy which is produced or recovered without the undesirable consequences inherent in fossil fuels with high carbon dioxide emissions (greenhouse gas).

We all know that the use of the fossil fuels like coal is being blamed the main culprit for global warming which in turn has produced unpredictable and destructive weather conditions all over the world today.

In effect what Lopez is actually advocating is something that is environmentally friendly or green, a buzzword popularly used today when referring to what the eco-system needs.

Basically going green means to live life, as an individual or a member of the world community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environment and is sustainable for the earth.

I don’t think that is an issue to be debated as people would really like to live in a world free of natural disturbances.

But is that realistic?

Do we have the resources to be producing an alternative source of energy or would it just be better that we continue using coal for energy production at the people while giving employment to the people.

I could not agree more with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi when he said “we cannot just discount coal” in reaction to Lopez’s abhorrence of fossil fuel.

The country is not ready yet to embark on this costly shift anytime soon, but it does not mean that we will not be preparing the country for that eventuality if only to be saved from a devastating natural catastrophe brought about by climate change as a result of global warming.

Unlike the US and China and the other industrialized countries, the footprints we left on global warming is too small to be described as the ones causing havoc to the environment. But then again it is not an excuse for not considering the shift to green energy

What makes Lopez’s appointment to a Cabinet position in the Duterte administration interesting is her being simply a scion of the moneyed Lopezes whose business empire, run then by the secretary’s grandfather and patriarch, Eugenio Lopez Sr., of which the giant ABS-CBN is one, was taken away by Marcos and his cronies and her father incarcerated for five years.

Ironically, the Marcoses are good friends of Duterte and the DENR secretary could not just stomach them, much less accept them, and so it remains to be seen whether Lopez will hold on to her job if and when Duterte will open a position for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr in his administration.

“They put my dad in jail for five years, they took our businesses away. I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable with the Marcoses. I love my dad. That’s how I feel,” she said.

Talking about a balancing act that Duterte will be making in the near future.



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