New global Marshal Plan needed for Climate Change solutions: Al Gore

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New Delhi, Mar 15 (UNI) Calling for bringing in a new ''global Marshal Plan to promote clean and renewable energy'', visiting former US Vice-President Al Gore today said the coming new administration in his country would have to play an active role in the field of climate change mitigation under the pressure of public opinion.

Mr Gore, who this year shared the Nobel Peace prize with UN Climate Body IPCC, also said India had the capability and technical knowhow to lead the world in promoting renewable energy for achieving a low carbon economy ''The new President in our country will see a ground swell of public opinion pushing for climate change solutions,'' he said, adding that he and others were working hard to create public awareness on the issue and the American public was beginning to see the sense in what they were talking about.

Mr Gore was answering questions at a joint press conference with IPCC Chairman Dr R K Pachauri at the The Energy Resources Institute(TERI) here.

Replying to a question, Mr Gore dismissed fears that the slow down in the US economy might create difficulty for the new President, who would take charge in January next, to push for climate change mitigation measures, saying that the solution to the climate change lay in sustainable growth.

''Worldwide we need a new Marshal Plan to promote new renewable and clean sources of technology,'' he said.

The United States had come out with the famous Marshal Plan after the World War II for economic recovery of the war-devastated Europe.

Mr Gore felt India had made significant achievements in tbe field of Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals and development of renewable energy devices, and so could help ther countries of the world in these areas.

In fact India has the cpability to help the world in finding the solution to the problem of climate change.

Answering a question on India's stand that developing countries could not compromise their growth for cutting carbon emission and that they were not historically responsible for increase in the greenhouse gases, Mr Gore said he fully appreciated the situaton of the countries like India, but they should not miss the opportunity to make their development process and this world clean when they have the opton of better technologies.

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