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The Not To Be Developed India

May 14th, 2009 by Mike N · 4 Comments · Environmentalism

I have posted here before about how environmentalists are anti-human life. Another example of same is found in the May edition of Ward’s AutoWorld in an editorial by editor Drew Winter titled “Criticism of Tata Nano Wrong Headed.”

For the uninformed (like me) Mr. Winter writes:

“The Tata Nano, a tiny car with average fuel economy of 55 mpg (4.3 L/100 km).
Priced at $2,500, it is the world’s cheapest car and designed specifically to give South Asia’s low-income families a safer, all-weather alternative to a motorcycle or scooter, currently the only “family car” millions can afford.”

Evidently, most Indians ride motorcycles or scooters which results in over 100,000 deaths and 2 million injuries per year. This car might alleviate that. But who is attacking the development of this car? Some fringe eco-activists? Nope. One of the enviro leaders at the UN.

“And yet, many environmentalists who profess to be on a mission to save mankind are condemning this new device as an “environmental disaster” they would like to wish out of existence. Chief U.N. climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri has said “I am having nightmares” about it. Many other green groups also lament its debut.”

Mr. Pachauri is also the lead scientist at the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) which has been, since 1990, selling the notion that global warming will lead to disaster for life on Earth and is all man’s fault which my own two US Senators Debbi Stabenow and Carl Levin bought.

Mr. Winter reports that demand for the Nano is expected to exceed supply and this means:

“It is exactly this popularity that critics from green groups — 100% of whom we can assume do not have to drive their children to school on a scooter — fear. They are afraid the Nano will become so popular it will spark an industrial revolution, such as Henry Ford’s Model T did in the U.S.
In other words, demand for the Nano will soar; leading to more factories being built, creating more jobs, which in turn will create more demand for cars, accelerating India’s production of greenhouse gases. The Nano will create progress. And gosh, that will be terrible.”

He properly condemns this enviro attitude:

“Unfortunately, this contemptible viewpoint, spewed from comfortable middle-class lodgings in the U.S. and Western Europe, has not received the heaping dose of ridicule it deserves. In the worst kind of cultural elitism imaginable, environmentalists argue that in their noble war on global warming, tens of thousands of traffic deaths annually in the developing world are acceptable casualties.

This is an utterly unacceptable position to take, no matter what. The birth of the Nano is an historic event that needs to be celebrated, and environmentalists need to reevaluate their rhetoric and game plan.”

There is of course, no chance they will reevaluate their game plan. Although I won’t be buying a Nano in the forseable future (I prefer something of substance between me and whatever is going to run into me), I’m happy to see such an objective, rational argument in a trade journal.

4 Comments so far ↓

  • Mike

    Hear hear. I have been following the emergence of this car in articles here and there, and it seems like the kind of thing that could be used in denser areas here in the USA to put the whole New Urbanism delusion to rest and get some genuine right-tool-for-the-job efficiency happening. I would buy a Nano (assuming it were offered here) if I did not have to commute on an interstate freeway.

  • Mike N

    Mike:
    “I would buy a Nano (assuming it were offered here) if I did not have to commute on an interstate freeway.”

    We’re in agreement.

  • Rajesh

    A nano update:
    Only 20 percent of Tata’s initial 203,000 orders for the car — the Nano — were for the no-frills $2,600 model. Instead, customers booked models at the higher end some costing as much as 40 percent more, or about $3,680.

    There is a violent story behind the setting up of the car plant. The land for the car in the communist West Bengal was forcibally aquired. It caused gun battles between the ruling party and the opposition (along with some locals) in Singur (site for plant). Many were raped, killed and injured. The episode has cause heavy defeat for the party in recent elections. Tata had to abandon the site and it was relocated in more business friendly Gujrat.

  • Mike N

    Rajesh:
    Thanks for the update on the origins of the Nano. I didn’t know that. Looks like India and its people have a ways to go in terms of understanding the concept of property rights and what that concept is for.