With Coal Production on the Rise, India Could Tip the Carbon Balance

by RP Siegel
Jul 16, 2015 9:00 AM ET
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For several years now, all eyes have been on China as the elephant in the room when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. China’s soaring economy and voracious appetite for energy still represent a genuine threat to worldwide efforts to curb emissions in a timely manner. But given China’s recent commitments and vigorous pursuit of renewables, perhaps we should be looking elsewhere for the potential spoiler.

According to an item in Economic Times, Coal India Ltd., India’s state-run coal company, plans to invest $20 billion over the next five years to increase production to one billion metric tons. The plan involves a collaboration consisting of Coal India, state governments and the private sector to open approximately 200 new mines.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post.