India ignores media preaching on “net zero carbon”

“Joe Biden is issuing executive orders to shut down more and more fossil fuel energy, as a prelude to imposing a legislative Green New Deal on the United States,” writes Paul Driessen. “European leaders are on a similar mission, and many politicians and journalists are trying to shame developing countries into “leapfrogging” fossil fuels and going directly to wind and solar.”

“However, China, India and African nations are telling these “net zero carbon” promoters to forget about it. Developing countries need coal, oil and natural gas to power their burgeoning economies and lift their people out of poverty. They are building coal and gas-fired generating plants at a rapid clip and have no intention of slowing down.”

“In this article, Duggan Flanakin presents the details about India’s quest for affordable, reliable electricity and modernity.”


India ignores media preaching on “net zero carbon”

First-world “experts” have no business chiding nations that prefer prosperity over poverty

Duggan Flanakin

India is just one of an increasing number of “developing” nations which have recognized that the mad rush toward a “net zero carbon” economy does not serve the interests of their ordinary citizens. These countries are also waking up to the fact that serving the public interest necessitates major increases in abundant, affordable, reliable, mostly fossil fuel electricity to power their burgeoning economies.

When first-world reporters write about the developing world’s ongoing love affair with fossil fuels, their reports are “not necessarily the news!” Instead, they editorialize in nearly every story about the “sad” reliance of India, China, African nations and others on “the highest polluting resource” coal.

The sirens of cyberspace have embraced as gospel the diktat of the Paris climate accord that countries must cut their greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” as quickly as possible.  Otherwise, they chirp in unison, the Earth will soon become a burning inferno from superheating caused by CO2 released from burning fossil fuels.

In reality, a far worse future would be a colder climate

The “erudites” have decreed that any “climate change” will necessarily bring unspeakable horrors upon us all. The zeal for climate stasis by those currently at the top of the pyramid is such that some have even proposed permanently darkening the sky to stop the imagined heat from killing us! That highly risky endeavor could impact all life on Earth. (In reality, a far worse future would be a colder climate with less atmospheric CO2, because that would reduce arable land, growing seasons and plant growth.)

But the elitists in Washington, Brussels and New York City have a big problem. China, the world’s leader in CO2 emissions, and India, already Number 3, are not kowtowing to their demands. Meanwhile, African countries are planning to build more than 1,250 new coal and gas-fired power plants by 2030. And neither UN “peacekeeping forces” nor even the increasingly “woke” US or EU military can be deployed to force these nations into “compliance,” er, submission.

Recognizing this awkward reality, climate elitists are now relying on the old adage that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Public shaming has worked well with first-world corporations, so why not use it worldwide?

A necessary first step toward restoring “the right order of things” was President Biden’s fulfilled promise to immediately rejoin the Paris climate accords and subject the US economy to its whims. To stem the cries of “unfair trade advantages” for the world’s two most populous nations, the “masters of the universe” unleashed the media hounds to cajole, beg and virtue-signal the “lesser” peoples into line.

The latest round of shaming has already begun

For India, the latest round of shaming has already begun. On March 17, Bloomberg Quint (Bloomberg’s Indian affiliate) reporters Archana Chaudhary, Akshat Rathi and Rajesh Kumar Singh announced that “Top Indian government officials are debating whether to set a goal to zero out its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century.” (At no point did the intrepid reporters actually name any of these officials.)

The Bloomberg trio further claimed that “officials close to Prime Minister Narenda Modiâ” were drawing up plans to achieve the net-zero target by 2050 – a full decade ahead of China – which says it intends to finally cap its CO2 emissions at whatever level they have reached by 2060, after four more decades of growth. Even so, “Modi will also need to navigate potential pushback from inside his government” in order to achieve the targets demanded by such dignitaries as US “Climate Envoy” John Kerry.

Fossil fuels (supposedly) “a human disaster and bad economics”

In a follow-up article six days later, Singh and Debjit Chakraborty cited a new report that proclaimed “India must phase out its coal-fired power plants” in order to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. And two days after that, Singh claimed that India is “under growing pressure to improve its climate commitments, which have forced government officials to debate a possible net-zero emissions target.” Moreover, he warned, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called investments in fossil fuels “a human disaster and bad economics.” [emphasis added]

Not surprisingly, Singh’s March 25 report was also full of “bad” news. India has set in motion its biggest ever auction of coal mines in the country “despite the fossil fuel’s key role in contributing to global warming.” The auction opens coal mining to private firms and thus dislodges the state monopoly over the domestic coal market. That, he asserted, “sends mixed signals at a time when the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases needs to shed its dependence on coal.”

Despite the preaching, Singh admitted that the Indian government sees private coal mining as a way to create jobs in an economy devastated by the COVID pandemic. Coal mining projects, he conceded, will bring in new investments and boost socio-economic development in mining regions (and beyond). He even cited Tim Buckley of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, who recognizes that “India can’t just stop using coal overnight.” Coal is still “a necessary evil” for the country.

India’s alleged quest for Net Zero

There is another problem with the Bloomberg version of India’s alleged quest for Net Zero.

Vijay Jayaraj, research associate for developing countries at the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, chided the Bloomberg trio for urging India to banish coal. Noting that “No official sources have confirmed that New Delhi is devising a Net-Zero target for 2050,” Jayaraj derided “the anti-fossil lobby, which includes journalists, – for trying to pressure developing countries into shutting down their fossil industry- thereby condemning billions to poverty, limited opportunities and whatever minimal living standards can be sustained by expensive, intermittent wind and solar power.

India is building a fossil-fuel-dominated energy sector, not a green one

India, says Jayaraj, is building a fossil-fuel-dominated energy sector, not a green one. The country is also seeking to curtail inflation and secure additional oil imports at a time when “anti-fossil journalists have ushered in confusion by claiming the Indian government is now aiming to achieve Net-Zero emissions by 2050.” Predictably, Bloomberg did not respond when asked by Jayaraj just which “officials close to” Prime Minister Modi they were citing.

Indeed, unfazed by the sirens, India is moving ahead on a second round of commercial coal mine auctions, with 67 sites up for bids. The nation needs a constant increase in coal production to support its growing coal-fired power plant fleet and is currently constructing new coal plants with a total capacity of 36.6 gigawatts (GW); it has another 29.3 GW in the pipeline.

India is also upping its reliance on that other bugbear of the Green Monarchy – crude oil, a very important commodity for the Indian economy. The world’s third largest oil importer, whose trucking industry almost exclusively rolls on petroleum products, is now buying oil from Guyana and Brazil. The post-COVID recovery is being slowed by rising oil prices, so diversification of supply is vital.

Moreover, says oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Africa too has “a central role” in aiding India’s quest to further diversity its sourcing of crude oil, liquefied natural gas, and other petroleum and energy products, “largely due to its proximity and the absence of any choke points in trans-shipments.” These new African (and South American) oil markets are crucial to India’s economy, notes Jayaraj.

Extending deadlines for coal-fired power plants to install scrubber units

Meanwhile, India’s response to the Bloomberg reporters’ virtue signaling was to extend deadlines by up to three years for coal-fired power plants to install Flue Gas Desulphurization (scrubber) units that cut emissions of sulfur dioxides and other pollutants. Utilities that miss even these delayed targets could continue operations after paying a penalty. India’s power ministry explained that this action is intended to avoid immediate increases in electricity prices.

As Jayaraj concludes, India’s openness to new oil producers and push to expedite coal-mining are sending a clear signal: India’s leaders are more concerned about the economic well-being of their citizens than about pleasing bureaucrats and stuffed-shirt billionaires living in luxury thousands of miles away. That has to hurt their egos – and underscore the insanity and futility of net-zero quests by the US, EU and other nations.

Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (

8 thoughts on “India ignores media preaching on “net zero carbon””

  1. IF, as Trenberth et al (ludicrously) assert less than 2% of the atmosphere – “greenhouse gases” – radiates 83% of the IR Earth emits to space then adding more of them will NOT cause so-called heat trapping – it will cause the reverse just as NASA graphs for the Nimbus satellite program show.

    See graph at

    And how absurd is the push for a hydrogen based economy ?

    Let’s assume the stupid heat trapping hypothesis of greenhouse gases is right (it isn’t) then how does changing emissions from the lame CO2 and methane to the powerful water vapour improve the situation ?

    These people are nuts !

  2. In many respects we deserve our fate in the western world. Our hysteria over a virus and global warming are a one-two punch that will end us! While we are pre-occupied by the lie of global warming, anti-fossil-fuel, events like the Soufriere eruption will kill us! Just the latest volcano to go off during this GSM, just how much SO2, other toxic gases, and particulates in the atmosphere will be the real danger to humans?

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    One strong influence on human health is the disease we know as influenza. Canadian astronomer Ken Tapping along with two colleagues confirmed that for the last 300 years influenza pandemics were most likely to occur during peaks of solar magnetic activity, at the height of the 11 year solar cycle.

    Astronomers call the years between 1645 and 1715 the Maunder Minimum. Our sun had virtually no sunspots though there were over a dozen sun cycles possible in those 150 years. Then in 1715, sunspots reappeared suddenly and increased for years in the cycle. In 1718, influenza moved through the human population in waves, appeared on every continent, and an estimated 2 million people died. The influenza epidemic peaked during 1732 – 1738 which correlated with the peak of the solar cycle.

    By the way, sparrows seem to be the bird most sensitive to electricity. They suffered the most among birds during the flu pandemic or 1732 – 33 upon the return of sunspots.
    Influenza as an electrical disease?

    If nature and us humans as a part of it are that responsive to the electromagnetic field of the sun, then what about man-made electrical activity on the earth?

    Author Arthur Firstenberg, in his book “The Invisible Rainbow” – A History of Electricity and Life states that “influenza is an electrical disease.” That book is chock full of evidence of correlation of electrical phenomena and illness. He details influenza as well as electrical sensitivity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

    As mentioned, influenza has been on earth a long time. In fact, how influenza manifests had remained consistent for thousands of years. It would come with no apparent warning, and disappear for years or decades. That is, there was no warning unless you know how to track solar cycles and sunspots.

    The manifestation of influenza on earth changed abruptly in 1889. That was the year human electrical wires first prevailed creating stronger human-made electromagnetic fields on the face of the earth. Since then, influenza happens every year, in every part of the world.

    The correlation is there. Could this be part of the cause of influenza?

  5. “nations which have recognized that the mad rush toward a “net zero carbon” economy does not serve the interests of their ordinary citizens.”

    And it doesn’t serve “Our ordinary citizens” interests either!

    Those that feel the need to be “Net Zero Carbon” can do so as they wish, and pay for it with their money.

    Just like “Organic” or “Non-Organic” food, you have a choice. The organic costs more, and you pay the higher price. Yet, others pay a lower price for non-organic.

    However, there is absolutely no reason that others that differ from your opinion on “Net Zero Carbon” should be forced to join your ignorance and pay the bill!
    Simply put, If you want it, then you buy it! I don’t want it, and I’m not buying it! Furthermore, billions of other people agree with me!

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