Writing about the Australian bushfires, Bloomberg Opinion email today carried this paragraph:
You’d think this sort of thing would be a topic of political conversation, but David writes there is bipartisan silence on the issue in Australia, and media there have taken an oath of omertà as well. The reason for this is coal: Australia exports a lot of it, and nobody wants to kill that carbon goose laying golden eggs. It’s a reminder of how hard it will be for the rest of the world to set aside short-term concerns and make any real dent in climate change.
Indians would be ‘pleased’ to see that they are not topping this chart, that Bloomberg carried along with the story.
For me, the interesting point in the ‘quote’ above is how human behaviour is enduring, regardless of technological advancement, a fact that few grasp and even fewer accept.