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Tata Nano. Global warming microcosm

Tata Nano. (NY Times)

The Tata Nano has just been released in India. It’s the world’s cheapest car, just $2500, and it expected to revolutionize transportation in India, where people are already lining up to buy it.

Environmentalists in western countries seem are horrified by it, saying it’s not totally clean and will add to carbon being produced. This, I think, totally misses the point. India is developing fast. Their populace needs and wants transportation. And will get it, regardless of whether environmentalists think it harmful or not. The Third World response is often the obvious one, that it is hypocritical for the West to preach to the Third World about not driving when the West does so much of it.

The Tata Nano is a microcosm and instructive example of the very real growth and poverty problems facing India and China and the reaction of environmentalists who want to restrict their growth in the name of global warming.

Cut to the chase. The Third World is not going to restrict their growth. Nor should they. A much better solution is for the West to develop technology that will enable developing countries to grow using affordable renewable power and clean transportation. Then everyone wins. And really, there is no other solution.

  • SanDodd

    “Revolutionalize Transportation!!!!”. Is India, a frontier thinker in Sustainability, losing it’s bearings. I cannot imagine that one of the smartest people on the globe today are committing to this horrorful situation today. After the whole western world has seen before thier eyes the devastation of the Industrial revolution in the past century and we face a global crisis today, how can the Indian government which has the atmost responsibility towards the global ecological fabric allow such a devastating move.

    India today has the population close to China’s and soon within a year or two will be the most populous country having the highest density in the world. Europe has realized this impact and channelized all thier efforts into proving an effective public transport system. How can ‘Tata’s be so irresponsible to thier own country? They are no less than traitors. Tata’s could still have made the same fortune if they invested and owned the public transportation services in the major cities.

    India which is the last stronghold of sustainable lifestyles and has the age old knowledge for the true quality of life has lost it all today and slipping into the deep chasms of the new dark ages. ‘Poverty’ is not defined by ‘lack of motor cars’. Wake up to the truth. It is sorry to see what Gandhi lived for and all his work being undone day by day. India is willfully succumbing to the the capitalists and the new world order of the Western world. Are we destined to be ‘slaves’ forever?

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    The Third World is not going to restrict their growth. Nor should they. A much better solution is for the West to develop technology that will enable developing countries to grow using affordable renewable power and clean transportation. Then everyone wins. And really, there is no other solution.

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    Absolutely correct. Let’s let India enjoy this great car. American’s need to move forward and become more efficient…

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  • Global warming is becoming such an obvious problem that someone somewhere other than the US Preisdent needs to step up to help drive the bus!