Or Too Many Americans
Part 2, Section 3 of Thomas Friedman's new book Hot, Flat and Crowded should be required reading for every single American. Titled "Our Carbon Copies (or, Too Many Americans)", Friedman graphically describes the trouble we are in if the emerging middle classes of China, India & others scale up to live exactly like Americans do (which is a scary thought in its own right).
The result would be troubling to say the least & most likely game over for the climate. The world just can't take another several Americas worth of consumption & trash.
Here are a couple of choice nuggets from that chapter, but honestly you should read it yourself. It makes the case for the need to change how & what we are doing better than anything I could ever write ...
In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, a single Sam's Club sold roughly 1,100 air conditioners in one hot weekend in 2006. I would bet that is more than some Sears stores in the US sell during a whole summer.
Chinese developers are laying more than 52,700 miles of new highways throughout the country. Some 14,000 new cars hit China's roads each day.
By 2020, China is expected to have 130 million cars, and by 2050 - or perhaps as early as 2040 - it is expected to have even more cars than the US.
In 2006, more than 34 million Chinese traveled abroad, a 300 percent increase from the year 2000.
The Indian economy had lifted 94 million people out of absolute poverty during that period (the past decade) - that's 12 million more people than the entire population of Germany, the most populous state in the EU.
And it goes on & on like that. We better awaken to the dire straits the world is really in relative to energy & climate ASAP. The very foundation of our existence is at stake.