Don’t view climate change ‘a business opportunity’ says Javadekar
India seems to be telling the world that it and United States of America are on the same page when it comes to climate change and that there are no differences between the two powers, the same doesnâ€™t seem to be true.
Indian environment minister recently talked about â€œdifferentiated responsibilityâ€ and claimed that the developed world should pay to the developing world for the sort of harm they have inflicted on the world climate. This seems to have forced the authorities in the US and the American ambassador in Delhi to register their indignation.
The Indian-origin US ambassador to India Richard Verma said that India should stop claiming that it was actually living in a bipolar world. Though his words were sugar coated, nonetheless they meant what he wanted to convey to authorities in India.
The US ambassador to India in his statement said, â€œPrime Minister Modi understands the leadership role India needs to take. We are not in two camps anymore but should work as one single camp. I guess India will also do that.â€
He went on to add, â€œWe will see what India will doâ€. It seems to be in reference to the upcoming Paris talks in December 2015 when the nations will clamour for fleecing more funds from the so-called emerging BRICS nations, including India.
Richard Verma while calling India, United Statesâ€™ best partner further said, â€œIndiaâ€™s size, economic growth projections and already significant greenhouse gas emissions mean there is tremendous interest around the world regarding what India will doâ€. He made the comment while addressing CII at â€œGreen â€“ The Color of Growth: The Business Case for Climate Actionâ€.
In the meantime ahead of the crucial climate conference in Paris later this year, India demanded the developed world “must” fulfil it’s financial commitment to ensure that critical technologies are made available at affordable cost.
“India is committed to walk along the road to Paris, hand-in-hand with others for a fair and equitable agreement this year. But it would not join bullying tactics and will not allow yet another Copenhagen in Paris,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said.