To Grow or Go Green?
India’s Environment Chief: We Have a "Right to Grow"
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  • Boritz

    “There’s nothing in the playbook that requires India to follow the same
    developmental path that the West took—namely, nurturing a
    manufacturing-based economy before eventually transitioning to one based
    on the creation and manipulation of information.”

    Uh, where will Cat5 cables with those RJ45 clips already on the ends come from then? &nbspThose things come in handy in an information economy and I thought manufactured items had to be manufactured somewhere.

  • Doug

    Environmental protection is a luxury good. That’s true even for real pollution – dirty water and dirty air. Chicken Little stuff like de-carbonizing is for the truly wealthy, who have nothing better to do with their lives and money.

  • Pete

    “Countries like India and China see curtailing development for the global good as an unfair imposition, after the developed world’s industrialization over the past century got us into this mess in the first place. ”

    What mess, a higher standard of living for the world in general?

  • rheddles

    Skip industrialization? Peasants to programmers in one generation? It hasn’t happened before and there’s no road map. It’s seems like proposing that we eliminate that pesky adolescence by going from childhood to adulthood.

  • Andrew Allison

    Leaving aside the presumption that the benefits of industrialization haven’t far outweighed the hypothetical cost, “The Greens’ preferred policies are often luxuries the developing world cannot afford. Countries like India and China see curtailing development for the global good as an unfair imposition, after the developed world’s industrialization over the past century . . . .”, is, in a nutshell, why the enormous cost of accelerating the, already world-leading, reduction in US emissions is a waste of time and money which would be much better spent on figuring out how to deal with the results of climate change instead of fruitlessly attempting to prevent it.

  • gabrielsyme

    The near-impossibility of an effective global climate agreement (to say nothing of its desirability) proves that what we need is a geoengineering strategy. The levels of CO2 in the atmosphere will continue to increase; but we need not suffer the effects of a global increase in temperature.

  • Corlyss

    “We Have a “Right to Grow””
    Regrettably, you need to get permission from RFK, Jr., and Paul Erlich. Alert the media when you get it.

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