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.