Louis Krauss

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Louis Krauss
Posted over 2 years ago
Blame the Chinese or Hate the Indians?
I think one of the major reasons this is happening is not that the US doesn't give enough financial aid to India and China in order to make their power plants greener, but more that their corrupt local governments often refuse to acknowledge the environmental issues and instead focus more on quelling any notion for spending more on it and on many occasions take extra money for themselves. To this day the caste system in India has led to generations of Indian parliament members from the same families who spend all their money on office buildings or funding IT companies instead of helping the poor or in this case, building more sustainable power facilities. On top of that most intelligent Indian students are either studying to be engineers or doctors in the US meaning their leaders aren't going to become better in this area. In China, I think it's somewhat of a mix between the corruption and the fact that their culture focuses heavily on economic growth rather than conservation. Take for example the new modular building techniques recently used in Hunan Province. Instead of using normal steel beams and having a construction site, factories pre-assemble individual floors in order to finalize it in about 2 weeks. One of the builders said this technique will "speed up our environmental thinking" and that "we need buildings like this all over China". While it is more sustainable, the project seems more about the fact that China has the capability to quickly set up 20 buildings in a week, rather than solving their environmental problems. Many policies to stop further factory construction in China are not followed, usually local officials choosing the immediate economic benefits of the polluting buildings instead of the long term sustainable ones. The current parent generations in China and India especially are for the most part making their children lead a life of efficient money making instead of long term, creative thinking, that is the main difference with the US.