Quote: Originally Posted by bobnoorduyn
At minus 40 you have to work just to survive, at plus 40 you don't work, just to survive. The reason India is booming is that they now have a middle class who can afford air conditioning, and can contribute to the economy.
Not air conditioning Bob, most people in India still donít have air conditioning. In fact, India cannot produce enough power to satisfy the basic needs of its population, most places in India have daily power outages for two or three hours every evening (when the demand is at its highest).Some of the richer population have emergency generator, so that they may have limited amount of power during the black outs. They call it load shedding.
We visited India two years ago, only the five star hotels have air conditioning there. Most of the small businesses donít have air conditioning; big companies may have it in their head offices (where the top management resides).
India is into recycling big time, has been for thousand of years. There are people who sort through the garbage, sell what is recyclable, feed the organic waste to their animals (pigs etc.) and make a living that way. In spite of the recent progress, there is still appalling poverty and squalor over large parts of India.
Carbon foot print of India is still much smaller (per capita) than that of USA or Canada.