"There is simply no case for the pressure that we – who have among the lowestemissions per capita – face to actually reduce emissions." India's minister of environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, told Clinton and her visiting delegation.
"And as if this pressure was not enough, we also face the threat of carbontariffs on our exports to countries such as yours," he added.
"What we are witnessing today is the consequence of over two centuries ofindustrial activity and high consumption lifestyles in the developed world. They have to bear this historical responsibility.”
cannot be pressured into taking commitments. There is no rational basis for asking India to do that," Pachauri, also the Chairman of the Noble prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told PTI in an interview. While we must commend Minister Ramesh’s rigid stance in the face of U.S. pressure, as a fast developing country we need to move forward with our own domestic climate change policy with concrete goals. A judicious mix with strong focus on alternative renewables while phasing down the emissions in totality is a must-do. Vandana Shiva’s sustainable solutions based on diversity and environmental justice rooted in our very own traditions, does require a re-think and suitable implementation. In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether this turns out into a ‘green-trade war’ as some leading business groups and analysts fear.
"I think it is a principled stand. What he (Ramesh) said is absolutely right. India