Sunday, September 28, 2014

India turns to nuclear as energy crisis deepens

India\'s new prime minister is turning to nuclear energy to ease a power crisis made worse by the cancellation of hundreds of coal mining permits, but he faces scepticism both at home and abroad.\r\n\r\nEnergy-starved India relies on coal to produce two thirds of its electricity, but power blackouts are common and demand is rising quickly as the economy and middle class expand.\r\n\r\nOn Wednesday, the Supreme Court cancelled over 200 coal mining permits because the licensing process was deemed illegal, making the need for alternative energy sources yet more pressing.\r\n\r\nPrime Minister Narendra Modi has made nuclear a priority as he seeks to fulfil his campaign pledge to kickstart the country\'s flagging economy.\r\n\r\nBut to succeed, he will need to convince a sceptical public that n

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