India wants to be in the Nuclear Club — that’s the bargaining chip for signing the Paris agreement.
India won’t ratify the Paris agreement unless it gets membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) a club that was, as it happens, set up in 1974 when a naughty India set off a nuclear test. But China is completely against India earning its NSG badge. So the big two population elephants on Earth and the monster carbon emitters are not so concerned about the future of Earth that they are going to put other rivalries aside. Priorities, indeed.
Pretty much every nation on Earth has signed up for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – except for India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea. In the NPT club there are five countries rated in the Platinum Frequent Flyer Bomb Class and the rest agree not to develop nuclear bombs but are (maybe) allowed to use nuclear power. Most of the few non-signers, like India, probably have bombs, but not the “license” for global bomb club membership. Now, China helps proliferate weapons in North Korea and Pakistan so it’s a tad rich that it claims to be afraid the NPT will fall apart if they let India in.
India already has something like 7 nuclear plants which make about 6000MW of electricity, so it can use nuclear power, but it also has 300 million people who don’t have any electricity and it does’t have a lot of domestic uranium. (India is even looking at thorium reactors to get around this). But its bargaining chip in the carbon game is access to the NSG club. Did Greenpeace see this coming?
As its NSG bid fails, India says Paris Climate Agreement ratification may be delayed
NEW DELHI: India’s high energy, high profile campaign to get into the NSG failed Friday morning, as China remained adamantly opposed to even considering the issue.
After a plenary meeting in Seoul, which saw Chinese diplomats attempt to block even a discussion, the 48-member nuclear cartel could not take a decision on India’s membership.
A last minute diplomatic outreach by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese president Xi Jinping also failed to cut any ice.
A big outcome of the NSG failure is that India will now not ratify the Paris Agreement anytime soon. That agreement is a key element of US President Barack Obama’s legacy.
The Indian statement says clearly, “An early positive decision by the NSG would have allowed us to move forward on the Paris Agreement.” This will be a big blow to the Obama administration which wanted India to ratify the pact so it could enter into force.
— Read the rest in Times of India
How many negotiation points or dollars must the West give up in order to entice nations like China, India or Russia to sign strawmen agreements to change the weather? Gradually does the West cede advantage and wealth in order that parasites can profit and the climbers can win Dinner Party Kudos Points?