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March 30, 2009 at 4:00 PM

India’s ultracheap Nano

Check the facts

I am surprised by the comments made in this letter [“Ultracheap car: the poor exploited,” Northwest Voices, March 27]. Perhaps the writer could have checked the facts.

The Nano gives 56 miles to the gallon. How much does the writer’s car gives per gallon.

Did he check the pollution of U.S. cities when he talks about the choking air of India’s cities? The U.S. emits about 17 times the CO2 per capita than India.

The Nano has the highest fuel rating of any other Indian petrol-powered car and also the lowest CO2 at 101 gm/km.

He talks about the shameless exploitation of the poor and ignorant majority. How much of India does he know? Many in India are poor but they are certainly not ignorant. These cars will replace scooters now being used and will emit less CO2.

Yes, the number of cars on the road will increase and so will the total emission of gasses. But this does not mean than a person in India should forgo the right to drive a car so that people in developed countries can continue to do so.

While concern for the environment is laudable, checking of facts is even more laudable.

— Joseph Cooper, Federal Way

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