Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Zapata George On India

"Growth figures indicate the India is going to add 10 million people a year between the years of 2000 and 2030. That’s unbelievable. It really makes you wonder what’s going to happen to the per capita rate of energy consumption as these populations reach their projections. These expanding populations are going to start using up commodities and energy on a much higher per capita rate than they are doing now. In the US we consume 25 bbls of oil per person per year. In Japan, it’s 15. In Mexico it’s 7. But in Asia, the two fastest growing regions in the world, that figure is only 2 at the moment. But with the introduction of the Tata car, that number is going to take a leap forward. If it was a small population base, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But instead, it’s in an area that is home to 40 % of the world’s population. Those numbers become phenomenal. We really do need to think about what will happen when the oil shortages that are undoubtedly coming are upon is." Zapata George

How long can we (USA) continue to overconsume? 4% consuming a 25% share is unsustainable.

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