I'm not yet sold on the cost efficiency of wind and solar; they've been improving but there are still significant issues with storage and peak usage along with the fact that their electricity generation itself is still less cost effective than more traditional sources. I think nuclear energy is the way to go, after hydroelectric it's probably the best source of energy; unfortunately, we've regulated the industry to death in the US, to the point that it's no longer cost effective, but that's an artificial result of excessive regulation, not a reflection on the true cost efficiency of nuclear power. I'm glad to see India investing in nuclear power, it's a stable, reliable long term solution to energy production and the environmentally friendly nature of nuclear power is a nice bonus.Nobody is dragging this issue into the swamps of Politics, as far as I know. Some poster has stated here that there is no effort in Asia regarding avoiding coal burning etc. Let me state here i ) an immense effort is on way in India to start really big on solar energy as well as wind energy. In my state of Maharashtra ( size of France plus ), we are seeing a very large number of modern wind mills coming up pretty fast. ii ) in spite of resistance on account of misunderstandings /doubts caused by Fukushima and Chernobyl, a big push is being given to the erection of Nuclear Power plants. In my state, we are likely to soon see the start of erection of 6 plants each of 1600 megawatts, in a place called Jaitapur in the coastal district of Ratnagiri. The initial designs are being processed between the French firm Areva and our local firm Larsen and Toubro.
But this nuclear power production is not going to see the light of the day till another 4-5 years. Meanwhile a developing country has to burn coal, what else can it do to enable its industry to come up and the employment numbers to rise ?