Thursday, August 02, 2007

How To Answer Hypocrites Who Complain About India's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Too often, I have have ill-informed and ignorant people complain about "India's massive greenhouse gas emissions". These ill-informed and ignorant "environmentalists" accuse India of being the worst greenhouse gas emitter in the world. These ignorant idiots then proceed to call for India to slow down her economic growth by reducing fuel consumption, stop buying cars and A/C's, and "practise austerity".

We are asked to stay backward and "austere" while the rest of the world -- particularly Western Europe and USA -- continues to wastefully plunder the resources of the world like they have done for the last two hundred years.

This is a politically correct and "feel good" point of view to take. But here are some facts you can use to refute these ill-informed and ignorant statements.

Recently, I exposed Praful Bidwai of the Hindustan Times who wrote a moronic article asking Indians to slow down economic growth by reducing consumption and other economic activities, and "practise auterity".

Well, we were practising austerity and ran an environmentally sound and sustainable economy for five thousand years. That is what made us vulnerable to attack and conquest by the environmentally disastrous "Industrial Revolution"-powered West. Then, for the next two hundred years they ruled over us, robbed and stole everything they could lay their hands on, and reduced us to abject poverty from which we are only starting to recover.

[Even today, the shameless dacoit-queen of England wears the Kohinoor diamond stolen from India on her crown in broad daylight. Only a Queen of Thieves could be so shameless.

Someone with an iota of self-respect would return stolen property to the rightful owner -- the Government of India.]

For two hundred years, the West wasted precious resources worldwide and led opulent lives financed with the life-blood of poor hard-working people in colonies like India. The British filled the atmosphere with billions of tons of greenhouse gases over those two hundred years.

Today Americans waste billions of tons of petroleum for fun, to go on "long drives", or to heat poorly-insulated houses during winter.

They want us to "practise austerity", just when we have started to compete effectively with them in the global economy and regain our rightful place on the world stage.

After two hundred years of slavery, when we have barely started to recover, they are asking the poor and hard-working people of India to "practise austerity". What a shameless joke!

Here is an article, again from the Hindustan Times, exposing the lies of those who make tall claims about India's greenhouse gas emissions:

Greenhouse gases: India says it is not the largest emitter

Dharam Shourie, Press Trust Of India
United Nations, August 02, 2007
First Published: 10:56 IST(2/8/2007)
Last Updated: 11:07 IST(2/8/2007)

Rejecting the contention that it is among the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, India has charged the developed nations with externalising the problem they had created and trying to pass on the cost of the solution to the developing nations.

"The present state of greenhouse gases (GHG) concentration in the atmosphere is the result of over a century and half of unabated emissions by the developed countries," Indian UN Ambassador Nirupam Sen told the General Assembly's special session convened to discuss the issue of climate change.

Giving figures to buttress his argument, Sen said India with 17 per cent of the population has only 4 per cent of global GHG.

Stating a more important measure is per capita emission, he told the delegates that India's per capita CHG emission is one ton per annum against global average of four tons per annum.

Despite that India has taken to further steps to cut down these emissions, he said, pointing out that the primary energy consumption growth rate is 3.4 per cent per year against GDP growth rate exceeding 9 per cent.

"It is worth noting that this is in contrast to the developed countries, and even a few developing countries, where higher growth rates have followed the traditional pattern of increased use of energy," Sen said.

The developed nations have accepted the responsibility for excessive emission, he said, asking the industrialised world to now show leadership in controlling the polluting gases.



At 12:30 pm, Blogger Sanjay Tiwari said...

आपकी बात से सहमत.
पोंगापंथी पर्यावरणविद भारत में पर्यावरण का पाठ पढ़ाने आ गये हैं क्योंकि बाहर से पैसा बहुत आता है. एक डाक्टर से मैंने पूछा कि देश में बीमारियां और भी हैं एड्स का इतना हौवा क्यों है. उसने कहा कि सरकार और एनजीओ की नजर में वही बीमारी महत्वपूर्ण है जिसमें विदेशी पैसा आता है. जिस दिन विदेशी पैसा आना बंद हो जाएगा रोग भी भाग जाएगा.


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