Friday, September 14, 2007

China and Greenhouse Gases - China to be World Top Generator of Greenhouse Gases

Folks who have supported the Kyoto Treaty do a very poor job explaining why developing countries such as China and India are excluded from reducing Greenhouse gases. Opponents of the Treaty stated clearly that it made no sense for United States reductions to just be replaced with emissions from other countries. While increasing the power of government, the Kyoto Treaty would do no good for the environment.

Proponents of the Kyoto Treaty pretend to be serious while ignoring articles like “China to be World Top Generator of Greenhouse Gases” see published some time ago in the San Francisco Chronicle by Robert Collier on March 5, 2007. The article includes:

■ “China is highly likely to overtake the United States this year or in 2008 as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases”
■ “China's greenhouse gas emissions have recently been growing by a total amount much greater than that of all industrialized nations put together”
■ “China's consumption of fossil fuels rose in 2006 by 9.3 percent … about eight times higher than the U.S. increase of 1.2 percent”
■ “While China's total greenhouse gas emissions were only 42 percent of the U.S. level in 2001, they had soared to an estimated 97 percent of the American level by 2006”
■ “The Bush administration refused to join the Kyoto Protocol in part because the pact committed only industrialized nations, but not fast-growing poorer nations like China, to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases”
■ “China's energy consumption per unit of production is 40 percent higher than the world's average, and about 70 percent of its energy comes from coal, usually burned in highly inefficient power plants”

If serious about Greenhouse emissions, one should support helping China, India, and Brazil to use electricity generated from zero Greenhouse gas emitting nuclear and hydroelectric plants (the world's leading form of renewable energy). As viewers of the Al Gore movie “An Inconvenient Truth” may recall that the movie claims that 30% of CO2 emissions come from the burning of wood. Let’s help developing countries move from coal and wood to nuclear and hydroelectric and get serious.


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