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India struggles to get off coal, says renewables only 40% by 2030

While the news is full this week of India placing a $330 billion estimate on its needs for renewable energy to 2030, the big problem for India is a cheap labor force that allows it to get coal out of the ground at an astonishingly cheap rate, and that certainly allows the coal plants it already operates to remain economic for their remaining lifetimes. The big frustration with the country is that it continues to build coal plants, partially because it understands about the cheapness of its labor, and partly because it does not quite appreciate that it is in the front line of climate change. That low cost labor force continues to be both a blessing and a curse,…

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