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Thailand’s power dilemma amid a climate of fear

In its push for coal-fired mega-projects, the Thai government risks turning its back on sufficiency-economy thinking and the need for ‘clean’ energy.

By John Draper, Peerasit Kamnuansilpa

Bangkok, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand, September 2, 2015

The Nation

In its push for coal-fired mega-projects, the government risks turning its back on sufficiency-economy thinking and the need for ‘clean’ energy.

We are in the countdown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. This is the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Thailand, now ranked 23rd of carbon dioxide polluters, potentially has a key mission – to exemplify the role a socially and environmentally responsible medium-sized economy can play.

 

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