More On Energy Needs

January 12, 2006

Well holy shit:

Energy guzzlers China and India are often blamed for some of the world’s environmental problems, but a new study says the two most populous nations may well set the stage for a clean and green Earth.

The two countries are mastering energy-efficient technologies, implementing cheap and environmentally responsible transportation systems, and adopting new water harvesting techniques as models for a sustainable economy, says the annual report of the Worldwatch Institute.

“China and India are positioned to leapfrog today’s industrial powers and become world leaders in sustainable energy and agriculture within a decade,” said Christopher Flavin, the president of the US-based environmental research group, in Washington.

China’s solar industry already provides water heating for 35 million buildings, and India’s pioneering use of rainwater harvesting brings clean water to tens of thousands of homes, according to the 244-page report.

I find this wonderful news after the conversations that went on in Jerome a Paris’ thread mentioned down the page. Too bad its not the good old US of A thats leading the way here. No, we get this instead:

While China and India have often been blamed for driving up the price of oil and other commodities, Flavin said one of the most striking conclusions of his group’s analysis was “how dominant the United States still is when it comes to resources and pollution.”

With oil, for example, the United States imports nearly four times as much as China, despite having only one fourth as many people.

“Americans wondering why the price of oil is so high need only to look in the mirror,” Flavin said.

So keep on driving those SUVs covered with yellow ribbons and flags fuck holes. God, this article pisses me off and makes me happy at the same time.

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