04 Jun '11, 1pm

Whither Ecological Limits? Jairam Ramesh, Economic Growth & Energy Expansion

Here's what concerns me: At Delhi Haat yesterday evening, Ramesh was asked by a reporter--well, it wasn't so much a question as a statement--about what he thought about biogas and other distributed energy production. He was blunt, saying that we should give up "romantic notions" like India's 1.2 billion people will get their energy from cow dung. What India needs, Ramesh countered, is a more extensive national electric grid and more coal, nuclear power, natural gas, solar power, wind power. He actively dismissed the notion of distributed power. He also kept insisting that India needed more and more economic growth. Let's unpack those statements. First of all, with no ambiguity, the situation in regards to energy usage, resource usage, and energy poverty in India creates a far different starting position than exists elsewhere in the world. As measured by ecological footprin...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/ecological-limits...

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