The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
That is a good point. It would be interesting to look at all the specific measures China is taking and the ones it could take but isn't, and to see whether they point to other motivations besides emissions reduction, such as energy security (e.g. reduced reliance on the Straits of Malacca) and economic gains (e.g. "green jobs"). In particular, are there any measures we could look at that could only be motivated by emissions reduction, and that would not contribute much to energy security and/or economic gains? Maybe more stringent emissions regulations, and more stringent enforcement of such regulations? Maybe mandatory installation of equipment in industries or residences that filter and/or capture noxious gases (though this, conceivably, might be tainted by an economic motivation to create jobs for the makers and installers of such equipment, assuming they are Chinese)? Any others? If we can identify a list of such "purely for emissions reduction" measures, then we can then look into whether the Chinese government is acting on these.
Bernard: China is quickly becoming one of the most polluted countries on earth
I think those photographs (which are amazing and disturbing) are similar to Obama's remarks about China's "moving" on renewable energy: it doesn't prove the point, but it illustrates it vividly.
Bernard: and there is very little motivation for the plutocrats to really harness the issue: it would only cut into their profit.
Which is why China's government has been so aggressive in mandating renewable energy initiatives. (I assume China's government counts as part of China's "überclass".) But then again, as noted above, these initiatives may not be motivated by the desire to avoid harm caused by carbon emissions (e.g. massive health crisis, rising sea levels, etc.) but rather in order to increase energy security and to gain economic benefits.
The march of civilizations is a series of defenses that man has put up against the dread of pure existence.
by gmoke - Sep 19 1 comment
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 10 5 comments
by ARGeezer - Sep 7 35 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 2 57 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 27 57 comments
by gmoke - Sep 191 comment
by Cat - Sep 145 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 105 comments
by ARGeezer - Sep 735 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Sep 257 comments
by THE Twank - Aug 3110 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 2757 comments
by Cat - Aug 2222 comments
by Cat - Aug 2224 comments
by Luis de Sousa - Aug 2138 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 186 comments
by Cat - Aug 185 comments