India Rejects Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

An announcement by India that it won't reduce its carbon emissions is sure to capture the attention of climate treaty and energy legislation opponents in the Congress.
July 8, 2009, 1pm PDT | Irvin Dawid
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While environmental advocates hailed the passage of the Waxman-Markey Energy Bill ("American Clean Energy and Security Act") by Congress on June 26 by a mere 7 votes, developments in India foretell the difficulties ahead in passing domestic legislation to tackle a global problem.

"India said it will reject any new treaty to limit global warming that makes the country reduce greenhouse-gas emissions because that will undermine its energy consumption, transportation and food security. However, it offered to contain CO2 emissions per capita below those of developed nations.

India, the second-most populous nation, only emits 4.6 percent of the global carbon-dioxide emissions, while the U.S. produces 20.9 percent, he said. Asia's third-biggest economy in June unveiled a plan to form eight commissions to improve energy efficiency and mitigate the impact of climate change."

Thanks to John Blair

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Published on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in Bloomberg News
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