Phasing Out Fossil Fuels: View From A Dying Indian Coal-Mining Community
by Apoorva Satpathy, India (EUREC 2016-17)
Renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels in the coming two years, says a recent cost study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The intergovernmental agency publishes reports like “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017” to help inform policy-makers around the world about the feasibility of the energy transition.
I currently work as an intern on the statistics team at IRENA’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. In this role, I attended IRENA’s annual general assembly in January, followed by the World Future Energy Summit, where energy leaders and policy-makers advocated for renewables to reduce carbon intensity. Over the past week, I have followed the tweets from the World Economic Forum in Davos, where France has pledged to join a growing league of countries in shutting down coal plants completely.
As important as I believe these issues are, none of these forums could seem farther away from my birthplace in Ramgarh district, Jharkhand. My home is still the struggling West Bokaro colliery.
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