Chinese leaders have adopted a plan aimed at turning the country into one of the leading producers of hybrid and all-electric vehicles within three years, and making it the world leader in electric cars and buses after that.
“China is well positioned to lead in this,” said David Tulauskas, director of China government policy at General Motors.
To some extent, China is making a virtue of a liability. It is behind the United States, Japan and other countries when it comes to making gas-powered vehicles, but by skipping the current technology, China hopes to get a jump on the next.
Obviously, there are pro and cons to this program, and the technology is far from perfected, but at least China is thinking outside the box.
On the other hand, Thailand still has delusions of being the "Detroit of Asia." Well, the Big Three in Detroit are bankrupt. Lessons to be learned there. And hopefully the Thai government doesn't give money to GM. Abhisit might as well use that money to continue to give free money away to the poor.
I have been following the Green trends a lot lately. Thailand seems to be stuck in the pre-Green mindset.
The interesting thing about Thailand is that it has the capacity to be self-sufficient to a certain degree using bio-diesels--rice bran oil, palm oil, coconut oil, recycled cooking oil , because the manufacturing capacity and infrastructure is already there. I think most trucks in Thailand have diesel engines already. It isn't difficult to produce bio-diesel either. Bio-diesels still emit CO2, but it is still greener than fossil fuels.
China, Vietnam and Taiwan are on the cutting edge of making cheap electric motor bikes as well.
A lot of things Thailand can do to go green, but see little evidence of the transition so far. Some Thai companies, from the little research I have done, are experimenting with these things, but it took some time on my part to find the companies.
Another thing that Thailand can do is instead of burning the rice husks that causes smog all over the North a few months out of year is use the straw to build houses.
The straw bale house movement is in its infancy but it is starting to get noticed.