India’s Push for Renewable Energy: Is It Enough? – National Geographic

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English: Image of Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Worldwide Renewable energy, existing capacities, at end of 2008, from REN21.http://www.ren21.net/globalstatusreport/g2009.asp Total energy is from BP Statistical Review.http://www.bp.com/statisticalreview (Photo credit: Wikipedia

This is a very interesting article from National Geographic. I recommend it for a read. Check it out!

via India’s Push for Renewable Energy: Is It Enough?

Personally, as I read this article, I thought of Europe and the misguided policies of the European Commission. I was reminded that the EU has a strategy for renewable energy but does not have an effective energy strategy. There is nothing wrong with the green argument for cleaner energy but it must be balanced by pragmatism and cost-effective energy, with security of supply.

Reading the National Geographic article, it is abundantly clear that India is not doing enough to save the planet. However, with large numbers of people still without electricity in their homes, and regular blackouts, India has an energy crisis. To me, Indian Prime Minister,

Narendra Modi, is playing with energy, granting modest extra budget to renewable energy but not really changing matters. I fear that Modi may be like a political butterfly, going front issue to issue. Sadly, without properly articulated vision, carefully costed and risk-assessed policies, and effective, coordinated strategies, Modi is likely to fail –  this will be a failure for Modi, India and a clean planet.

As an expert in delivering strategic change, I would recommend that India takes two actions. Firstly, create a Crisis Manager for Energy, reporting into Modi’s government. Secondly, like the European Union, India urgently need to commission a properly risk-assessed effective energy strategy.

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European flag outside the Commission

European flag outside the Commission (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chinese Dream is closely tied to the dream of India – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This imaginative article is current the most-read article in People’s Daily Online, China’s influential daily newspaper. Check it out!

via Chinese Dream is closely tied to the dream of India – People’s Daily Online.

The implications of this article are quite staggering both in terms of accelerated development and geo-politics.

Currently, major infrastructure projects like extending or developing under-ground railways in most major Indian cities is financed by bilateral loans from Japan!

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