PM Modi makes strong pitch for repatriation of black money at G20
NEW DELHI: With India getting ready to give a big push to tap solar
energy in the next six to eight years, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Sunday pitched for a global effort to make clean energy available to
all through concerted actions which can be a major economic opportunity
for all countries across the globe. He articulated his point in his statement on energy at G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Seeking collective R&D effort and collaboration in the direction of
having clean energy path, Modi urged the leaders of big economies to
set up a "global virtual centre" for clean energy research and
development, with adequate public funding, which will fund collaborative
projects in diverse sources of clean energy, smart grids and energy
efficiency. His remarks came at the time when his government is
planning to target up to 100,000 MW of solar generation by 2022, far
more than an existing 20,000 MW target by 2020. The Prime
Minister, however, expressed the need of his country to bank on coal to
supply electricity to its power-starved population while simultaneously
moving on a clean energy path through solar, wind and nuclear power
generation. Though he spoke about India's necessity to bank on coal, he emphasized on the use of "clean coal technology". He said, "In countries like India, there are vast opportunities for
those wishing to invest in clean coal technology, since our dependence
will not reduce very soon". It is expected that the PM would
unveil his country's big renewable plan in the run up to the Paris
climate talks of next year which would, hopefully, give the world a
universal climate deal which can be implemented from 2020 onwards. India will talk about its renewable energy plan also at Lima where the climate negotiations will take place in December. Key points of PM's statement on energy at G20 summit Increased access to affordable, assured and clean energy supply for
all should be our primary goal. It is a major economic opportunity for
all countries. Let us make an ambitious and innovative effort
to make renewable, especially solar energy, competitive with
conventional energy. In Gujarat, the canal-top project worked well and
saved water, too. Pricing of carbon, especially in mature
markets with universal availability of power, can stimulate shift to
renewable energy. Let us increase our collective R&D
efforts and collaboration; and, ensure dissemination to all countries.
For this, I would propose that we set up a global virtual centre for
clean energy research and development, with adequate public funding,
which will fund collaborative projects in diverse sources of clean
energy, smart grids, energy efficiency, etc. India and the United States
have built an excellent virtual centre on a bilateral basis, with
matching public and private funding. We can select a team of outstanding
experts to evaluate and judge research projects. The results should be
available to all countries. We should also discuss innovative
funding models to ensure rapid expansion of renewable energy in
decentralized manner in rural areas. In countries like India,
there are vast opportunities for those wishing to invest in clean coal
technology, since our dependence will not reduce very soon. Nuclear energy can still be a safe, reliable and clean source of energy. It will be an important part of our mix. Energy efficiency is the best source of clean energy. In India, for
example, building energy efficiency and efficiency in areas such as
buildings, household appliances and industrial goods is receiving strong
attention. I invite you to come and invest in this sector in India. I also believe that change in lifestyle and economy in consumption will be the most enduring response to energy challenges. G20 can be effective in promoting an integrated the natural gas
market, ensuring freer trade in gas and ensuring that the markets
operate more efficiently.
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" said Queen of France marie
Antoinette. Modi feels justified in projecting India's energy-needs to
be all non-polluting-ever ready, free for the energy manufacturing
industrialists (of India).
A boldface lie. According to 'TANSTAAFL,' There ain't no such thing as a
free lunch, law.
Among many of Modi's bad habits, this lie can be treated as forgivable.
There is no speaking.
I have been subjected to censorship, public vulgarity, any other abuse,
as in hacking my several blogs-at the same time, complaining to the
media, thankfully, media removes my content on such complaints.
That is my short and sweet comment. It does not mean I remain silent
forever. I shall return. hang in there...
...and I am Sid Harth
law that says politicians must tell the
truth. Modi believes
in only one law. 'Lie till you die,' politically