The New York Times reported Tuesday that solar, wind, and other “green” energy sources won’t be deployed in the developing world soon enough to stop global warming.
“Even as the world shifts toward lower-carbon forms of energy, the changes are happening too slowly to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels,” The New York Times reported, basing their claims on a recently released study by the International Energy Agency.
The Times says China and India will be major sources of future carbon dioxide emissions and those countries are not slowing emissions growth fast enough to curb global warming. China is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and has been since 2006, while India has long accounted for the largest share of global emissions growth.
According to a 2014 study by the European Union, China emits 29 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide while the US is only responsible for 15 percent of the world’s emissions (the European Union itself only accounts for 10 percent and India accounts for another 6 percent.)
India has expressed disappointment in the draft text of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris to be held this December. Under its proposed Paris commitments, India can triple its CO2 emissions by 2030. The country has made it clear that it will only begin reducing its emissions if it receives substantial assistance from Western countries, equivalent to $2.5 trillion over the next 15 years in direct aid, grants, and cheap financing.
India is opening a new coal mine every month and intends to double coal production by 2020, overtaking the U.S. as the world’s second-largest coal producer. India is doubling down on coal power as well, by building 87,122 megawatts of new capacity.
An estimated 400 million Indians, 31 percent of the population, lack access to electricity, so the country is reluctant to adopt any policy which could slow down growth.
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