The battle for world economic resources pits those who need rapid economic development (the poor countries) against those who insist on conservation (the rich ones). Naturally, it is the latter who dominate the former in this battle for survival. But the rich countries under the garb of conservation are actually aiming to keep the poor countries under their thumb in order to use them as their markets and control their raw materials. This strategy prevents the underdeveloped countries to ever be able to catch up with the developed ones.
For example, they do not allow us to use our cheap indigenous natural resources to produce electricity which they say causes too much pollution although they got rich by using those means and still continue to do so. They instead ask us to use the alternative forms of energy such as solar, wind and biomass, which are not only unstable means of production but are available only part-time. The result is that electricity thus produced has to be stored at a great expense and their cost of maintenance and frequent replacement of storage systems make them prohibitive for use by poor countries and can be afforded only by the rich ones.
Or else they want us only to use the imported oil they sell.
Almost 20 years ago about 200 solar tube-wells were distributed to the farmers in our country which have fizzled out quickly and that solar experiment has totally failed due to the reasons described above. Similarly biogas plants were also distributed, but they too failed after some time. The lesson to be drawn here is that first we need to produce electricity with the traditional sources of energy such as hydro and coal resources and once our country attains a reasonable level of prosperity we can shift to alternative means of production and that too as a standby arrangement to start with. Right now we can begin to use the old locomotive steam engine technology that we already possess.  We need to get out of the vicious circle of the IMF we are trapped in!
NAJEEB HUSSAIN,
Muzaffargarh, August 12.