Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The good news about those Havana blackouts

The World Wildlife Fund has just unveiled its 2006 Living Planet Report, which looks at the impact human activity is having on wildlife.

Very commendable. Except that the report has concluded that Cuba is probably the only country in the world with “sustainable development”.

The rationale? One of the report’s authors, Jonathan Loh, cited the country's high literacy rate, long life expectancy … and the fact that Cuba has a “surprisingly” low consumption of energy.

Nothing surprising there - at least in relation to energy use.

The fact is that under the Castro regime the electricity system doesn’t work, public transport is virtually non existent, private cars are restricted to officials and tourists, air conditioning is a rarity, and what little heavy industry was in place during the 1970s and 1980s disappeared completely following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

So, no energy equals no pollution equals sustainable development.

“Of course,” Mr Loh added, “this doesn’t mean Cuba is a perfect country …”

3 Comments:

Blogger El Gusano said...

a regular kyoto paradise

10:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if your small town has a wastewater treatment plant that the soviets built, and it has not been working since they left. all that raw sewage that it collects into a central place is getting dumped directly into the river. That is good for the environment ? it's food for the animals ?
The people are so well fed that they never take wildlife for food ?

9:10 am  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

Well put, Anonymous. I think the whole WWF is questionable - if this is the conclusion.

9:20 am  

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