Seven Truths About China And Climate Change – David Roberts

As mainstream media latch onto the recent revelation by a Dutch think tank that China has surpassed the U.S. as the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide, Dave Roberts over at Grist tries to leaven the discussion with a list of seven “truths” to keep in mind.

Among the most notable items in the list:

  • “The U.S. still vastly outpaces China in terms of per-capita GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, and will for the forseeable future” (#1)
  • “Economic development there is an ethical and political imperative.” (#3)
  • “The only way China will choose to develop in a more sustainable-but-expensive way is if somebody else pays for it.” (#6)
  • “Who should pay for it? Those who reaped the benefits of fossil fuels and filled the atmosphere with carbon. Us. The West. Principally the U.S.” (#7)

See the full list here.


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