I recently came across an article written by Thomas L. Friedman, a Newyork Times Editor and the author of books like “The World is Flat” , “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” and “From Beirut to Jerusalem“.
You can read the article here. This article tells about the authors experiences while travelling to a small country called CostaRice. It fulfils it 95% of its energy requirements from renewable energy sources.It discovered its oil reserves five years ago and still it banned drilling citing pollution to the environment. Can anyone think of a country which discovered its own natural treasure and forbid it because it may cause damage to the environment? It started the process of investing in renewable energy sources like Hydro-electric power, Geo-Thermal power and wind energy in the 1990s and now it enjoys the benefits of having a long term vision for the sustainable development of the country. Can you imagine the same thing happening in India? Do our policy makers think on those lines? Food for thought…..