Robin Harrison, Binna Burra
Colin Clarke’s concern for rural Indian children unable to access centralised power grids does him credit but, like their problems with accessing telephone landlines, it’s being solved with 21st-century technology.
Most of India is without landlines and they are sidestepping that technology and going straight to mobiles. Similarly most of India without access to centralised fossil-fuel power grids are sidestepping that technology and going straight to distributed renewable generation.
If Colin cares to do the research he will find the need for redundant 19th century technology is reducing in both India and China so there’s no need to destroy the Great Artesian Basin and/or the Great Barrier Reef in order to create what will shortly be a stranded asset.Welcome to the 21st century, Colin.