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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Elitist Bullshit At Its Finest

An Indian automotive company has developed a car that not only gets 50 miles per gallon, but sells for roughly $2500 new. Goddamn, this is great news for both the Indian people and the environment, right? Well, maybe not:
While the price has created a buzz, critics say the Nano could lead to possibly millions more automobiles hitting already clogged Indian roads, adding to mounting air and noise pollution problems. Others have said Tata will have to sacrifice quality and safety standards to meet the target price.

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Chief U.N. climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri, who shared last year's Nobel Peace Prize, said last month that "I am having nightmares" about the prospect of the low-cost car.
If you oppose Indians driving a compact car that gets fifty miles to the gallon, I guess that means you oppose Indians driving anything at all. After all, what would be the better option? I guess you think the current state of India is preferable to one in which the common person or family can afford a car, right?

I wonder how Dr. Pachauri gets around as a U.N. scientist. Does he walk on water to get to Belgium? Assuming he obeys the laws of physics and takes an airplane (or even a boat), why does he think he deserves fast and efficient transportation while the common Indian shouldn't even have a fuel-efficient compact car?

I suppose that overcrowding on the roads could be a concern. But if millions of Indians are suddenly able to afford this car, then wouldn't that suggest that there's a market for new roads also? I guess not if you operate under the meta-context that requires that the government and only the government to provide roads.

Dr. Pachauri should be ashamed of himself for spewing this garbage. That cushy U.N. job must really be getting to his head.

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