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India can lead the way in green energy, says Al Gore

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Al Gore
Al Gore

Pitching for greater eco-friendly initiatives, the former United States Vice-President, Al Gore, on Saturday said India can lead the way in adopting energy-efficient solutions for everyday needs and accelerate a shift to alternate fuels.

“India has a tremendous opportunity to lead the world in energy-efficient solutions and in effecting a rapid shift to use of alternative energy like wind and solar,” Mr. Gore said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

Favouring the use of photovoltaic technology for converting solar energy into electric current, he said greater use of such devices would spur research in the field and help lower the cost.

“In the long run, solar energy is the most important of these remedial options as it comes in many forms like water heaters and lanterns,” Mr. Gore said.

A greater demand for this technology could also spur growth of companies and research opportunities in countries such as Germany, Taiwan and India.

Anti-climate lobbies

When pointed out that the U.S., a major polluter, was still lagging behind in implementing green laws, Mr. Gore put the blame on anti-climate lobbies in the U.S.. “There are six anti-climate lobbyists for every member of the Senate,” he said, adding that such interest groups were making an organised attempt to change the public opinion on climate change by creating false doubts about climate science.

Mr. Gore, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award with United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said these lobbies were given billions of dollars from the carbon-polluting industries. — PTI


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