In honor of last night's Oscars, I present this statistic:
The carbon footprint of the average person in India is one-seventeenth smaller than the carbon footprint of the average American.
We should still be freaking out about the breakneck pace at which India is consuming coal-fired power plants. But they use one-fifth of the amount of electricity, in total, that our country does--even though their population is three times larger than ours. Let's get our own house in order.