China and U.S. Race to the Climate Bottom

China and the U.S. continue to compete for the dubious honor of being the world's worst climate and environmental national villain [search]. As humanity careens towards self-immolation, both the Chinese totalitarian and American imperialist regimes use the international climate change and environmental negotiations to jockey for national advantage rather than uniting with the international community in common cause against the greatest planetary threat to humanity ever. Both fail to show international visionary leadership, continuing to obstruct and send conflicting signals regarding joining an international program of mandatory emission reductions — making the critical process of developing a post-Kyoto policy more difficult than necessary. This week China felt it necessary to state it is not ready to join a post-Kyoto pact, as the United States floated that it is ready to contribute to world carbon emission cuts. Check back next week. A climate deal is beginning to look more likely post-Kyoto, the question is whether it will be adequate and equitable, or parochial and half-measured. Certainly there is much at stake and no one expects either country to haphazardly damage their economies or development prospects, yet both are guilty of refusing to participate in good faith in solving a planetary ecological climate emergency for which they are most responsible.

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3 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    The massive trade deficit between China and US, shows that while China may be in the race for top carbon emitter, the US desire for cheap products is helping them get there.

  2. JOHN CHARETTE says:

    YEES IN THESE APOCALYPTIC DAYS OF DWINDLING RESOURCES AND POOR CLIMAT CONDITIONS THOS WHO ATTEMPT TO INTOXICATE THEMSELVES WITH THE WEALTH OF THE EARTH AT THE EXPENSE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH OF FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL BE JUDGED.
    SINCERELY
    SAINT RIDES

  3. ScaredAmoeba says:

    Unfortunately, while Exxon et al., Western Fuels and others benefit from the Bush Administration's lackadaisical attitude to pollution and carbon emissions. This has effectively discouraged China, India and other developing nations from curbing their carbon emissions.
    Simultaneously, this has severely discouraged the development of better and widespread low energy technologies and renewable energy sources.
    All of which has greatly exacerbated the fossil carbon in the atmosphere and acidifying the oceans.
    There is growing evidence that the climate is prone to abrupt changes between different equilibrim levels. The trouble is that currently, the climate models cannot tell us where these thresholds are, so climate scientists cannot tell us how close we are to stimulating a sudden step climate change.
    There can be little doubt that if such a change is triggered, that it will be bad for all life on earth.
    There is evidence for nasty climate surprises in the past:
    The atmosphere has certainly been much warmer and has had much more CO2 in it in the past than at present. During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which peaked about 55 million years ago. Global temperatures during this event may have warmed by 5

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