China: “You first.”

Chinese officials said yesterday that it is the responsibility of richer, more developed nations to curb greenhouse gas emissions – not theirs:

Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said China was willing to contribute to an international effort to combat global warming but placed the primary responsibility on richer, developed nations that have been polluting for much longer […]

China is the world’s second largest emitter of the greenhouse gases contributing to climate change, trailing only the United States. Last November, the International Energy Agency in Paris predicted that China would pass the United States in emissions of carbon dioxide in 2009. China had been expected to surpass the United States as late as 2020, but its soaring consumption of coal has rapidly increased the country’s emissions. [NYTimes]

It seems no body wants to be responsible for anything – the US won’t even agree to the non-binding Kyoto Protocol, and EU car makers aren’t so fond of cutting emissions either. Amid that kind of social environment, how can we expect China not to shirk the blame?

I guess we’ll just keep on truckin until someone decides it’s time to pony up.


6 Responses to “China: “You first.””

  1. 1 danlewer February 7, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    China is a developing country and naturally puts a higher priority on growth than Western countries. But it is taking climate change seriously – just this week it emerged that the country is preparing it’s first climate change plan -

    It’s our responsbility to give China technology and advice on sustainable development, as well as to leverage our power as consumers of Chinese exports.

    And us Europeans didn’t do too badly securing cuts in car emissions today!

    Dan –

  2. 2 clevelandcliff February 7, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    ya and ask them about their underground coal fire which has been burning nonstop for god knows how long it is 3000 miles long and 450 miles wide yes thats right all the gasses straight up into the air the chinese dont give a rats butt the got people to burn so to speak and nothing you can do about it the US has been reducing greenhouse gasses since 1970

  3. 4 clevelandcliff February 7, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    so if it is non binding why join?

  4. 5 dailytransit February 7, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    From what I understand, the US is reducing carbon emission rates, but the overall amount of emissions is still steadily on the rise. The underground coal fire is news to me, I’d never heard of that –

    Another way to look at it is, if it’s non-binding, why not join? 🙂

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