Climate issue on poll agenda

The manifestoes of both major parties in the country have devoted some space to green issues - possibly so explicitly for the first time in India's election history - and this should be viewed as an extremely positive development. Having said that, these statements would probably remain mere platitudes given the language in which they are couched. When US President Barack Obama made a similar commitment during his election campaign, he committed a significant amount ($150 billion) of resources to the development of green jobs based on alternative energy forms. "We'll invest $15 billion a year over the next decade in renewable energy, creating five million new green jobs that pay well, can’t be outsourced and help end our dependence on foreign oil." A clear and contestable statement of intent. By saying so, Obama made himself accountable to the American public and to the world at large. India's political parties must be willing to stand up and make themselves accountable on such issues as well.

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