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India dismisses criticism over coal consumption

India dismisses criticism over coal consumption
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Dismissing Western media’s criticism over its coal consumption to meet energy needs, India on Tuesday said that such reports will not deter the country from its stand at the crucial climate change conference.

Dismissing Western media’s criticism over its coal consumption to meet energy needs, India on Tuesday said that such reports will not deter the country from its stand at the crucial climate change conference.


“Certain criticism without attributing any motive to them, I take it as compliment. It does not deter me from my positions,” environment minister Prakash Javadekar said.

“When we are increasing our renewable by seven fold, definitely our coal consumption comes down. In absolute terms, US and many other countries, are much more than us,” the minister said.

“If we are third largest emitter, we might be third in sequence, but the smallest. India is burning 1/7th of coal that the first two (emitters) are doing,” Mr Javadekar said on the first day of ministerial-level talks at the summit. When asked about a US proposal to expand the donor base for climate financing, Mr Javadekar said that the $100 billion as committed by certain parties should be fulfilled first.
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