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the insistence on building more roads and encouraging car use

These are not necessarily the same.  In fact, in Beijing the government actively tries to reduce the number of cars on the road.

You may find the following somewhat encouraging as well:

China erected more wind turbines in 2009 than any other country and may install a record 18 gigawatts of wind-power capacity in 2010*, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates show. ...

China, the world's biggest polluter, may spend about 5 trillion yuan ($738 billion) in the next decade developing cleaner sources of energy to reduce emissions from burning oil and coal, a government official said. ...

The world's fastest-growing major economy will get more than 11 percent of its energy from non-fossil fuels by 2015, according to a statement released by the National Energy Administration today. That compares with about 8 percent currently, Jiang said at a media briefing.

The government wants about 15 percent of its energy to come from non-fossil fuels by 2020.

Coal will meet 63 percent of the nation's energy needs by 2015, down from 70 percent last year, as China increases investment in clean energy, according to the energy administration statement. ...

China May Spend $738 Billion on Clean Energy Projects - BusinessWeek

Encouraging maybe, but maybe too little, too late.

Still, quoting ARGeezer's sig line quoting the embattled Dutch:

     "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."


*A lot (though I don't know what percentage) of the wind turbines that are built in China are not immediately connected to the country's electric grid.  However, the government has regulations in place requiring that these "orphaned" wind farms get connected as soon as possible, and that electric power companies source as much energy asthey can from wind turbines as soon as they are accessible.

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.

by marco on Mon Aug 2nd, 2010 at 02:51:28 AM EST
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