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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: Shocking
By TSS on 4/8/2010 9:32:28 AM , Rating: 2
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however, it, as is true for pretty much everything else, is rather harmful in excessive quantities.
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n fact, last I checked, excessive CO2 kills pretty much any non-plant life form


if you ask for common sense you'd better exhibit it as well. Killing your own arguement before you've even made it is not common sense.

Oh, and we *do* need Co2 in the air. As well as nitrogen. Because i know that if you breathe *pure oxygen*, your lungs will burn to a crisp. Do you have any idea how reactive oxygen is? we use it to get into orbit goddamnit!

Also you get the risk/benifit analysis wrong. You don't need to analyze what's the risk/benifit of the current situation, you need to analyze the future and where your suggesting we should go. The only way to decrease pollution on this scale = decreasing economic activity. what are the benifits of that? Less polluting substances in the enviroment. The risks? That people don't have anything to eat, and start chopping down trees for firewood, slaughtering enimals for food, make whatever they need with no regard to the enviroment since they need it to survive etc etc etc.

Oh, and money isn't superficial. The only reason you can care about the enviroment on this newsarticle is because you had the money to get a warm meal, full stomach, an house to live in a PC to type on and electricity to run everything. I'm sure if your willing to give all that to a rural chinaman he'd be happy to look after the enviroment for you.

If electricity where to *poof* dissapear, first thing i would do is get an axe and chop down a tree for firewood. *that's* common sense.


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