I wish India emitted a lot more CO2 and its per capita emissions were comparable to the developed nations.
I say this because I get mad reading headlines like this one in Indian newspapers:
Greenhouse emission numbers out and we're cleaner compared to West
The article uses our low per capita emissions as an indicator that our economy is cleaner than the West. That is misleading. Take a look at energy sources and how efficiently we use that energy. Here is a graphic which compares India's energy intensity (efficiency) and fuel mix with other major emitters. We compare poorly with the West and most other developed nations when it comes to energy efficiency and we use similar proportions of dirty energy sources as most other countries.
Source:World Resources Institute
We emit less both absolute and per capita because of widespread poverty and huge energy shortfalls..because of energy required but not produced.
Hundreds of millions of people live subsistence lives and hundreds of millions more have a low energy footprint. These people have minimal access to energy and no amount of spin doctoring numbers about per capita emissions vs absolute emissions should be allowed to hide that fact. The media needs to keep hammering away at this reality and not write self-congratulatory articles on our low per capita emissions as if that is something to be celebrated.
In fact, there is absolutely nothing to celebrate in our current emissions profile. Less per capita emissions is a reflection of a large poor population and not a clean energy economy.
I wish that for once our politicians will look us in the eye and admit the real reason for our low emissions instead of making pompous pronouncements on per capita emissions and I wish our stupid media looks beyond these exaltation's and not get hoodwinked into giving comforting news bytes about being "cleaner" than the West.