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China has severe air pollution probems. It emits more greenhouse gases than any other nation.  (Source: Treehugger)

China is cleverly leveraging the warming debate to try to turn the world's most powerful developing nations against the U.S.  (Source: The Hindu)
China rallies developing nations to oppose emissions restrictions championed by the U.S. and its allies

Tensions between China and the U.S. are already running high.  You can now add one more contentious issue to the mix -- global warming.

In December, President Barack Obama traveled to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen to try to broker a climate alliance to fight global warming.  Hopes of a true international deal, though, vanished as the industrialized nations failed to reach a binding compromise with developing nations.

China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, is leading an alliance of developing nations dubbed BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China).  BASIC wants the U.S. and other "rich" nations to bear the primary cost of fighting global warming.  They argue that the industrialized nations already had their chance to grow and develop.  Meanwhile the U.S. and others have argued that China and its allies need to take warming much more seriously.

There is some hope of a compromise.  In an eleventh hour meeting at Copenhagen, between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an interruption by President Obama triggered talks that would eventually lead to the developing countries and the industrialized ones signing an accord, near the end of the Copenhagen summit.

The Copenhagen Accord is no true climate treaty and should not be hailed as such.  It lacks any sort of clear roadmap for fighting warming.  What it does provide is an agreement that warming costs must be shouldered equally by all nations, not thrust upon industrialized or developing nations.

Many consider that a slight victory for the U.S. as the developing nations were particular vocal in calling for unequal restrictions on wealthy nations.

The debate, however, is quietly allowing China to consolidate developing nations in economic opposition to the U.S.  China scored a win when its ally Sudan was elected chair of the Group of 77 bloc of developing countries.

Meanwhile, China is courting India via the warming debate.  India is typically a close ally of America economically and based on shared domestic issues, such as terrorism threats form Islamic extremists.  However, India has allied itself with China when it comes to the warming debate.  And it seems apparent that China is in firm control of the direction of BASIC.

The true test of the future of warming legislation will come late this year.  After a series of small summits, world leaders, including, presumably, U.S. President Barack Obama, will convene in Cancun Mexico this December to try to iron out a binding treaty.

The question becomes whether China is truly looking to cooperate and is merely trying to protect its own interests, or whether the growing economic giant is looking to use the debate to consolidate its political power in the developing nation sphere, at a time when its clashing with U.S. government and businesses.



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RE: Dangerous words.
By Adonlude on 4/6/2010 12:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
No no, that is not what they meant with that quote. China is saying it is unfair to China to now have restrictions placed on them during their industrial revolution while countries like America had their industrial revolution early last century with no global warming restrictions.

I kind of agree. We are well past our industrial revolution and now we are trying to put equal restrictions on nations that are only now in the midst of theirs. Kinda funny actually.

But hey, if warming is a real problem then it needs a solution. Thats a big IF.


RE: Dangerous words.
By JediJeb on 4/6/2010 12:13:38 PM , Rating: 3
On the other hand, the US has already developed the cleaner tech that the new industrial countries can use, so I would consider our R&D there to be part of our payment to them. They don't have to start from scratch to develop efficient processes like we did, they just want to go the easiest/cheapest route possible to play catchup.


RE: Dangerous words.
By knutjb on 4/7/2010 12:27:13 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
No no, that is not what they meant with that quote. China is saying it is unfair to China to now have restrictions placed on them during their industrial revolution while countries like America had their industrial revolution early last century with no global warming restrictions.

I kind of agree. We are well past our industrial revolution and now we are trying to put equal restrictions on nations that are only now in the midst of theirs. Kinda funny actually.

You kind of agree? Get off the moral relativism crap. Hiding behind "well they did it, we will too, unless YOU pay US to fix it." That is nonsense. China is using Bin Laden's method of arguing, say what ever you want no matter how big of lie it is and people will believe it like: "if the US would just pull out of Saudi Arabia we will stop killing you because that is the ONLY reason we are doing it." That's what they said after the first trade center bombing. Get the analogy?

China is shrewd and they don't really care if they kill off a large portion of their own population since they believe they have too many anyway. If we're too stupid to fall into that trap we deserve what we get form them, BASIC, or anyone else.

We just have a government of know-it-all elitists doing a fine job of running us into the ground with junk science and any other "crisis" they can conjure up to justify their do as I say or else the world will end next week idealism.


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