The new consumers

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Written by Paul and Anne Ehrlich

It's a great human triumph that more and more people (the "new consumers" in China, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Russia and Turkey) are getting access to the good things of life.  But most of the countries in which new consumers live can ill afford the externalities--for example,  the local environmental effects that a transition to a car-dominated transportation like the United States would cause. 

Paul & Anne Ehrlich, The Dominant Animal, p. 220 (paraphrased). 

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