The men and women who decide on the annual Nobel prizes have a long list of spectacular mistakes. For example, the executive director of the Nobel Foundation admitted earlier this month that not giving the Peace Prize to Gandhi was a mistake.
The decision to award the Peace Prize this year to Al Gore and the UN panel on climate change is not one of those mistakes. There have been any number of debates till recently on whether climate change is for real or not. The climate change panel, led by Rajendra Pachauri, seems to have settled that debate. The world is warming.
We can now focus on what to do about it—through state and market. Pachauri is also one of the clearest thinkers on India’s energy future. In his Indian Century essay for Mint in March, he spelt out how India can get over what he called the “fatal attraction” with fossil fuels. Among his solutions are public transport, energy-efficient buildings and renewable energy.