Nawshir Mirza Posted almost 3 years ago What are your thoughts and questions on "the magic washing machine"? As an Indian, living in my country, I cannot but agree more about the wasteful ways of the prosperous and also about them having no right to lecture to the poor about reducing energy use. However, they certainly have every right to lecture the poor about unchecked population growth which Hans also atributes the increased energy use to. If the 10 billion people on Earth, in 2050, were all able to achieve their aspiration to consume as an average American does today, technology would need to improve energy efficiencies by a factor of twelve only to keep our GHG emissions to their current levels. Indian politicians - and Arab ones too - will do nothing about this great menace of unchecked population growth. Hats off to the Chinese leadership who have been successful in this respect.