Reluctant signatory India takes moral high-ground on Paris climate deal

(CNN)India was one of two countries singled out by US President Donald Trump when justifying his decision to end US involvement in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“The bottom line is that the Paris Accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States … India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We’re supposed to get rid of ours,” he said Thursday.
But India doesn’t take its commitment to preventing climate change lightly.
Originally a reluctant signatory, this week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it would be a “morally criminal act” for the world not to do its part on climate change. New Delhi is yet to comment on Trump’s decision.
Growing anger in India around air pollution and the economic benefits of cheaper, renewable sources of energy have made Modi’s government a strong supporter of the agreement, CNN’s Ravi Agrawal said.
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