Let’s take a snapshot of India right now.
According to Andrew Revkin, The New York Times blogger: “It’d be great to think that renewable energy sources and distributed electricity generation could solve such problems, and they’re greatwhere they work. (And India is ramping up an ambitious effort to expand solar energy.) But the reality is that grids and central power plants are a mainstay of increasingly urbanized economies. In India, that means coal will be an economic keystone for decades.”
Leaving aside the flat out failure of grid extension in India, let’s focus on a more stark reality. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are water related. In India,diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily.
So, India’s power outage underscores a larger problem facing us. If you had to choose between power and water, what would you choose?
Revkin’s blog might suggest he chooses power. I would choose water. But, instead, can’t we deploy solutions where we have both?
Albert Einstein said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
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