Thursday, January 10, 2008

Is it Fair?

Thought for the day...

I just read an article about a motor company in India that created the world's cheapest car. It is going to retail for the equivalent of $2500. Many environmentalists are worried that this will lead to India creating considerably more carbon emissions. This car will get 50 mpg which is better than nearly every car in the U.S., but even if it didn't get such good gas mileage I am not sure we can be judgmental. Our middle class was allowed to grow based on many things that were not good for the environment. Now that India is at the same place can we blame them for wanting to do it the same way? It begs the question. Do we have the right to expect developing nations to learn from our experience even if it slows their progress?

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