China and India: Energy and Climate Change – Pablo Bustelo

Spanish analyst Pablo Bustelo has written about the Bali conference on climate change, and argues that the bulk of the responsibility for finding a solution lies with the developed world, not China and India. He writes: “At the Bali Summit the EU’s desire to get the US involved in future negotiations on was stronger than its will to set mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, and the power of rich countries wielded greater influence than the interests of developing countries.” Read more:

Both in the IEA report and in some of the arguments used at the Bali Summit, Asia’s two major emerging economies (China and India) were all but accused of being co–responsible for the planet’s energy and environmental problems. These accusations are groundless. This analysis points out that, first, some of the most striking data in the IEA report are actually misleading, and, secondly, that the sensible positions of the major developing countries were not heeded in Bali, and this contributed greatly to the summit’s having yielded disappointing results. [Full text]

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