Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Environmental problems

In Kerala environmental problems caused due to consumption is many times higher than production. Still environmentalists keep on protesting against production and they are ignoring problems caused due to population growth. Banning things when demand is high will only help people who do illegal activities. How can we control soil mafia when homeless people want to construct new homes? How can we increase imports when CAD and inflation are high?

Environmentalists claim that we can control soil mafia by discouraging rich people from constructing or buying more than 1 house. How can we do more regulations when people who have more than 1 house are already paying income tax irrespective of whether they rent their extra house or not? If people can't buy things according to their earnings then how can Govt. demand tax according to their earnings? In Western countries rich people are not interested to construct new homes because resale value is low due to low population growth. Industrialists won't construct new factories if demand for product is low. So reduce demand by controlling population growth is the only solution to reduce environmental problems.

Increase in consumption of petroleum products is the reason for Sunburns. But same environmentalists who protest against new projects are also protesting against hike in petrol price and toll. So these environmentalists are encouraging consumption of oil which is causing environmental problems. I don't think we can reduce problems by reducing per capita consumption. The only way is to reduce total consumption by encouraging family planning.

Most malayalis hate Indian companies making profit. But they have no problems to see Middle East and Chinese companies making profit by exporting goods to India. We depend on Tamil Nadu for food, Middle East for oil and jobs and China, Japan etc. for electronic goods. Almost all citizens of Middle East countries are jobless. Now they don't need jobs because they earn more money as dividend from public sector oil companies than money earned by Indians working there. This will change when oil production in other parts of the world increase due to shale oil boom. Many malayalis will loss their jobs when more citizens of Middle East countries start doing jobs. If we don't create more jobs when people working in Middle East countries loss their jobs then more people will try to make money by doing illegal activities. So as always I still believe that population growth is the root cause of all problems of our country and state.