‘COAL DOES NOT alleviate poverty, it aggravates it.’ – because of direct health effects, plus the effects of climate change.
Also because ‘Coal is mired in deep social inequities. Travel to any major coal belt in India and the people living around a coal plant face regular power outages. This cruel irony is explained by the fact that the power generated is often for the cities, the energy guzzlers, while the negative residual impacts of coal are to be borne by those living next to it. The industry is often set up on the pretext of providing jobs, greater compensation for land and adequate rehabilitation and resettlement for displaced communities. None of these promises have ever been satisfied and the coal belts of India stand testimony to that fact.’
Also because ‘Coal and corruption are synonymous.’
‘coal is not the solution but in fact the reason that 300 million odd Indians continue to live in darkness.
:The need of the hour therefore is a decentralised, democratically owned renewable energy deployment to fight energy poverty. Glimpses of its success and reliability are already being felt across the world. Decentralised renewable energy is a safer, cleaner and viable source of energy for the rapidly evolving societies of the coming decades.’