For Clean Air, India Needs a Policy Leap

Shouvik Chakraborty of PERI and Rohit Azad of Nehru University in Delhi, India discuss the critical need to reduce air pollution in India. They argue that the best way to address greenhouse gas emissions is to create a carbon tax. The revenue generated from this tax could be used to dramatically expand investments in clean renewable energy sources—including solar, wind, geothermal, small-scale hydro and clean bioenergy—as well as in energy efficiency, including the expansion of public transportation, upgrading the electrical grid system, and retrofitting the economy's building stock.  As the country's supply of clean renewable energy expands, the authors argue, the electricity generated by renewables should provide free energy to poor communities throughout the country. 

Authors Shouvik Chakraborty and Rohit Azad discuss the critical need to reduce air pollution in India. They argue that the best way to address greenhouse gas emissions is to create a carbon tax. The revenue generated from this tax could be used to overhaul the current system and increase investments in clean renewable energy sources, building retrofits, grid upgrades and industrial efficiency. 

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