Maybe its just the gloomy Shanghai weather or maybe it’s the fact that little progress was reported in the talks between Todd Stern and Xie Zhenhua that is making me pessimistic about the possibility of a climate deal between China and the US.
As Stern’s visit to China was wrapping up, China Daily was reporting that while the parties promised to “strengthen scientific cooperation in the fight against global warming,” no “major breakthrough” was achieved.
Stern met with Xie twice on Monday, and a “source” told China Daily
“As far as I know, the two sides showed intent to start a partnership on climate change cooperation at an early stage but, so far, they have achieved only limited progress and it is mainly shown in scientific cooperation,” the source said.
We were warned not to expect much, and why rush, of course, when there are six months left to close a deal to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Still, while I didn’t expect white smoke from the chimney, I had hoped it wouldn’t remain so densely black. I am so glad these US China negotiations are a continuation of secret Bush administration sponsored talks. Imagine where we would be without those efforts!