Would soon file cases against US for WTO norm violation: Piyush Goyal

Coming down heavily on the developed nations, including the US, for “speaking a lot on clean energy but doing nothing”, Union Minister Piyush Goyal today said he would soon file 16 cases against the US for giving protection to solar panel producers in violation of WTO norms.

“The US, which is articulating the inconvenient truth, while India is doing convenient action, uses seven times more coal per capita than India. Even on clean energy finance, the developed world has spoken a lot and done zilch,” the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy said.

He was speaking here on ‘India’s Efforts in Shaping the Global Solar Alliance’ during a lecture hosted by the Pune International Centre.

“India has the capability to lead the global efforts to take on the challenge of climate and will remain in the forefront of harnessing solar and other forms of renewable energy to make the world a better place to live.

“Optimising natural resources has been inherent in the Indian way of life for thousands of years and the country is eminently suited to demonstrate to the world how practical it can be to utilise solar energy for the development of remote and undeveloped areas,” Goyal said.

Terming the ‘International Solar Alliance’ a demonstration of India’s concern for issues of climate change, he said the traditional ethos of conservation makes India a natural country to lead the world efforts in the area of climate change.

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