US not to impose restrictions on India's economic growth

“I am very confident that the USA and India can devise a plan that will dramatically change the way we produce, consume and conserve energy and in the process spark an explosion of new investment and millions of jobs,” Clinton said after inaugurating ITC’s new green building in Gurgaon.

The visiting secretary of state, whose one key agenda is climate change, however, did not elaborate on the plan’s critical components.

Notwithstanding the US pressure on emission caps, she said that Washington would never impose conditions limiting India’s economic growth.
While the US wants big time polluters of the future – India and China – to enforce an emission cap, the developing block fights back with the argument that global warming was caused by the industrialised nations.

As the world heads towards Copenhagen where a global emission reduction treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol after 2012, the battle line between the industrialised nations and developing continues has been drawn. The world’s largest polluter USA is not part of the Kyoto Protocol. “India’s green house gas pollution is projected to grow by about 50 pc between now and 2030,” she said.

The counter came from  Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh who was also present at the function. “There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have among the lowest emissions per capita, face to actually reduce emissions,” he said. “We are simply not in a position to accept legally binding emission targets,” he said.

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