13  The politics of energy pipelines inSouth Asia

Shebonti Ray Dadwal

This chapter argues that continued economic growth in the South Asian region will, to a large extent, be determined by the region's access to adequate, secure and affordable supplies of energy resources, given that the regional demand for energy is growing at a rate of 6.6 percent per annum, and is set to double over the next two decades. Many of the countries can no longer meet their energy requirements from domestic resources and have to import increasingly large quantities of energy. Furthermore, modern forms of energy are inaccessible for more than half the population. As a result, they continue to be dependent on traditional fuels such as firewood, agri-waste and animal ...

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