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Skye Kelly

Executive Director, Heal One World

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Can we expect emerging countries to curb their energy consumption, even though we had decades of flagrant use?

China, India and other emerging countries- from 3rd to 1st world in a flash- are beginning to start using resources the way we have here in the USA for decades now- some are just "basic" like indoor electricity and city infrastructures, to more grandiose things like air conditioning, SUV's and sky scrapers. With their immense populations all looking for the western way of life, mcdonalds and all- can we try and hold them to any consumption standards? To reduce fossil fuel consumption in particular. To learn from our mistakes? Should we offset them by making deeper cuts at home? Even if it is more costly upfront- how can we have them see that renewable energy may save a lot in the long run? Do you know of some countries at the forefront? I know of Germany, but in the emerging sector? It seems these countries maybe the tipping point for many issues regarding sustainability?


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    Sep 25 2012: John.....exactly. Reading between lines and making assumptions is childish. This is a question open to opinion and discussion but provides no opinion in itself. Expecting or hoping for energy conservation is just that...not legislating. Obviously ideally all people have the same standards. But in reality we are in different places...but can we hope for everyones sake that we can reduce fossil fuel intake? Can we find a common ground ? Can other countries take charge of this issue without outside lead? Are they already? Awareness is not a 4 letter word.

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