“’No one expects India to make the same kind of pledge that China did -- an absolute peak -- but they want to see some fairly ambitious effort,’ said Alden Meyer, who has been following the talks for more than two decades for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington. ‘They will be expected to say something about where they stand in their preparations’” (Bloomberg.com).
Originally, the US pledged a cut of greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent below the levels in 2005, a massive scale back that will cost a huge sum of money. Although the US and China do not wish to pressure other countries to the point of bankruptcy, they wish to see steps in the right direction. This notion proves to be easier said than done due to domestic politics within India itself.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which swept to power in May promising universal access to electricity for India’s 1.24 billion people, has maintained it won’t sacrifice growth for climate goals, noting that India’s emissions are a quarter of China’s and will remain much lower for decades to come” (Bloomberg.com).
Although Modi may intend to take care of his own promises to his people first, that is not to say India is doing nothing to combat climate change. Modi has publically announced that he wishes to clean up the smog choking New Delhi, however he also believes that climate change is a global issue that entire global community must be committed to.