India's Push for Renewable Energy: Is It Enough?
The new government faces pressure both to cut emissions and ramp up energy access. For now, coal remains king.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will skip the United Nations climate summit happening in New York City next week just ahead of his first official U.S. visit.
But India still faces steadfast international pressure to deliver action on climate change, even as Modi promises to bolster the energy supply in a country where more than 300 million people lack access to electricity.
Growing economies like China and India, which are set to contribute more than half of the global increase in carbon emissions in the next 25 years, will play a critical role in any effort to address climate change.
Shortly after Modi took office in May, one of his party officials made a sweeping promise: India would develop enough