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China leads cuts protests at Bali

Posted by ecoshift on December 8, 2007

While China is the fastest growing polluter, much of the pollution is driven by production of goods for US consumers. It is, in effect, pollution generated by “off-shore” US manufacturing. Nationalist negotiating postures help to obscure causal relationships between consumption, economic growth and pollution in a globalized context. The irony of US demands to impose emission limits on emerging markets while limiting it’s own emissions through export of carbon heavy manufacturing capacity is worth noting.

China leads cuts protests at Bali –

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Developing countries led by China squabbled with the West over mandatory emission cuts at the Bali climate change conference, as activists accused Canada on Saturday of undermining the negotiations by insisting on targets for poor nations.

China, which some believe has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases, questioned the fairness of binding cuts when its per capita emissions are about one-sixth of America’s.

It said, too, that it has only been pumping pollutants into the atmosphere for a few decades, whereas the West has done so for hundreds of years.

“China is in the process of industrialization and there is a need for economic growth to meet the basic needs of the people and fight against poverty,” said Su Wei, a top climate expert for the government and member of its delegation at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bali.

“I just wonder whether it’s fair to ask developing countries like China to take on binding targets,” Su said Friday. “I think there is much room for the United States to think whether it’s possible to change (its) lifestyle and consumption patterns in order to contribute to the protection of the global climate.”


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