Extreme Temperature Diary- January 11th, 2019/ Topic: A Big Problem With India

Friday January 11th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. 

A Big Problem With India

There are certain countries in which reining in carbon pollution has been in direct conflict with modernization, which as of 2019 due to rapid green technological advances should no longer be an overwhelming issue. The biggest such country is India with a population of about 1.35 billion, which for over a hundred years has tried to overcome great poverty and now has the opportunity to do so if only regions within this vast country can generate much more energy and improve their electricity grid.

Unfortunately coal fired plants are a big part of India’s plans to modernize. Al Gore has said in his documentaries that if India’s plans to utilize coal for most of its energy needs come to fruition it’s game over for the climate. As far as I know the Narendra Modi government does not have a “Marshall Plan” to rapidly produce green infrastructure, mainly consisting of solar panels, the next couple of decades across India. Most planned coal fired plants are being built. Here is a frightening chart of carbon trends coming from India: 

Quoting Glen Peters:

On a positive note nearly everyday we get news of solar infrastructure being built in India. Here is an article published on 1/9/19:

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/01/09/macquarie-and-indias-ntpc-in-race-to-buy-infrastructure-leasing-and-financial-services-assets/

Reprinting this brief article:

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and Indian state-owned power company NTPC are among the businesses interested in buying renewable energy assets from debt laden Mumbai concern Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd, according to Bloomberg. 

State-owned natural gas company GAIL India and the Solar Energy Corporation of India are also said to have submitted expressions of interest. 

IL&FS has 300 MW of solar projects under construction, owns wind plants with a capacity of 873.5 MW and further units under construction with a proposed capacity of 104 MW. 

The asset sales are key to reviving IL&FS, which had total debts of $12.6 billion as of the end of March. The company has been defaulting on loans and bonds since August. 

GAIL is seeking to enter the PV plants and battery charging station market. In August, it sought shareholder approval to amend its company charter to enable investment in startups, to build solar projects and to set up battery charging stations for electric vehicles as it looks to diversify beyond gas and petrochemicals. 

With the government planning a major shift to EVs by 2030, GAIL fears its pan-Indian presence in the natural gas network could be costly and believes it has the capability of setting up charging infrastructure at a faster pace. 

The company also wants to harness solar at its sites for self consumption and to feed to other installations by wheeling power.

So, the big question for today is how is India fairing in association with the Paris Climate Accords? One recent answer…not so good according to this article from India published in early December: https://www.indiatvnews.com/science/news-climate-reality-check-global-carbon-pollution-up-in-2018-489985

Quoting:

China increased its emissions in 2018 to 11.4 billion tons (10.3 billion metric tons), while the U.S. jumped to a shade under 6 billion tons (5.4 metric tons). The European Union spewed 3.9 billion tons (3.5 billion metric tons) and India soared to 2.9 billion tons (2.6 billion metric tons). Overall, the world is spewing about 1,300 tons (1,175 metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air every second.

Sigh. If I come across some better news from my climate friends in association with India I will add it to this post. I’m hoping that due to education and the Internet India will make a very quick leap from old Industrial Revolution fuels to the new “Green Revolution” for the sake of all. We will see.

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