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Old 20th April 2009, 03:02   #16
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This is more about the wasteful nature of some people than about the US, you will find such folks everywhere. But probably more in the US as a side effect of the US being a wealthy country, thus folks have more to waste/consume rather than any reflection of the people, you will find equally gregarious examples of wastage here among the more well off, or for that matter in any country. If India was as wealthy as the US and more folks had resources you would get similar things here.

Similarly the rich in India are consuming/wasting more resources than the poor, that's not necessarily fair but that's the system that currently exists, alternatives that result in more equity will be welcome by nearly everyone in the world.

Politics is driven by self interest, be it US or India, no one is out to be nice or give anyone a free lunch, its all about self interest and maximizing returns to oneself, if US wasn't consuming the world's resources some other country that was rich and powerful would.

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Old 20th April 2009, 08:17   #17
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Our own beloved country men are no better.

Bus drivers waiting endlessly at bus stops to pick up passengers or at railway crossings with engine running. RTO, Police wallahs, Trade Tax checkers creating huge traffic jams, in the garb of checking papers (but in reality to fill their own pockets), Avoidable traffic jams due to poorly designed or broken infrastructure,

I can go on and on and on. We waste fuel more due to ignorance or stupidity, while rich nations waste because they can afford to waste.
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To each his own. Some people would think idling ur car with the ac/heater while waiting for someone is a waste of fuel. Some would think Formula 1 is a waste of fuel.

Are you justifying or criticising the above practices??
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Old 20th April 2009, 08:18   #18
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Not only in the US. I have heard this even in the oil rich Arab countries. One of my friends said, if there is a little remaining to tank up your vehicle they will tank up and not charge you for the extra little fuel. Like someone said, if petrol becomes cheap here, people will use it in their everyday mechanical stoves.
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