Based on news coverage of the coal tax from 2010, it doesn’t seem like there was much opposition represented. Coal India, which all but owns coal mining in India, is essentially a state-run monopoly on coal, so there couldn’t have been much opposition from within the industry. After passing, though, there were other issues: the Indian government was slow to decide/disclose exactly how they would use the coal tax revenue to fund clean energy projects (read this short article). Other critics don’t believe that the infrastructure exists in India to truly implement and enforce such a tax.
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