Delhi Struggles With Coal Burden as Washington Unveils New Emission Norms

In a historic move on Monday, the Barack Obama administration in the US has ordered steeper cuts from coal-burning plants.

According to the new plan, carbon pollution from power plants will be cut by 32% by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. The previous target was 30%.

The new, ramped-up plan, may unveil series of changes in the US, but closer home, things are not that green.

 India is still largely dependent on coal for its energy consumption. The country is now where America was perhaps during its developing years, with nearly 55% of its energy needs met by burning of coal.

According to the International Energy Agency, India is set to double its coal consumption by 2035 and become the world’s largest coal importer by 2020.


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