India Is Urged Not to Replace Their Dependence on Imported Oil with Solar Cells

India Is Urged Not to Replace Their Dependence on Imported Oil with Solar Cells
Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th US president, the white house website drafted Trump’s vision of an “American First Energy Plan.” The primary focus is on adding new policies that will cut the costs for Americans and eliminate the regulations that inhibit their development in the US energy industry. Their aim is to increase employment rate by revolutionizing shale gas and oil in the United States.
To facilitate this, the US government will start tapping their deposits present on the federal lands. The plan talks about getting their coal industry to a peak high and commitment to achieve a clean and safe coal technology. Trump plans to shut Obama’s policies such as Climate Action Plan.

Trump’s policies contradict the global agreement that was signed in Paris for Climate Change. His plans don’t mention anything about climate change, efficiency, and sustainable planet. They emphasize to use energy for the development of US by reducing emissions and fossil fuels.

The INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) plans to reduce its overall CO2 emissions by 28-30 percent by 2025. If Trump is successful at providing cheap energy by increasing the growth in production of US gas, oil, and coal, then it clearly fails to meet the commitments agreed upon in Paris deal.

India has around 18 percent of the world’s population, and 6 percent of that accounts for emission and annual consumption. The Americans’ average footprint for carbon is 16.2 tons in a year, around 10.4 times larger than Indian average of 1.6 tons in a year.

It is highly unlikely to form and agree upon a regulation if the US doesn’t follow on its commitments. The US played a crucial role before in holding nations like India, China, Mexico, and European countries for sustainable emission commitments, but this will go in vain with the US breaking all the promises.

If the US makes changes to their policy support, it will hinder their growth and momentum in the fields of energy efficiency. For a short-run, India will benefit from the lower price for fossil fuels.

India shouldn’t deviate from its commitment to providing clean energy, and following INDC, it may make the coal plants more viable. But nevertheless, India should re-examine all the facts to reassess the metrics of successful energy policy in the country.

India should focus on the long-term goals; the solar mission enabled us to deploy ample solar plants, but the struggle to stimulate this energy is not yet successful. It is still facing a hard time to mark its presence globally.

The primary trademark for our energy policies is to be able to provide stabilized energy growth for increasing the jobs and economy. India shouldn’t replace their dependence based on solar modules.

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