StopLurkListen: Bhutan's capital and largest city, Thimpu, is at 7600 feet above sea level. Powering cars with internal combustion is more difficult due to the relative lack of oxygen.So they already start with that in favor of electrics.Plus as the article mentions, they've got "plenty of hydropower".
InternetSecurityGuard: Yeah, but do they have a kick ass government run health care system like we have here in 'Mericuah?Aren't cigarette lighters the primary product of Bhutan?
wildcardjack: Lots of cheap electric cars might make everyone happier, which is what they measure instead of GDP.
captainktainer: wildcardjack: Lots of cheap electric cars might make everyone happier, which is what they measure instead of GDP.They still measure GDP. They also measure GNH. Measuring GDP without taking into account GNH is why China's GDP has been growing massively, but they face a demographic bomb and the air in many of their cities is completely unbreathable.A nation that cares only about GDP is a nation that will fall. GNH is just a handy metric for "things responsible governments need to keep in mind but if democracy is a new thing for you maybe you should just use this metric until you figure things out."Incidentally, as the article makes clear, this should help both GDP and GNH.
Bandito King: Good farking luck.
centrifugal bumblepuppy: Speaking of hot spots, let's not forget Bhutan's Queen/hot
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