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Entries from December 2009

China’s Renewable Energy Law Amendments

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

China amended its Renewable Energy Law (Chinese version) on December 26, 2009.  Chinese spokespersons have emphasized the fact that the amendments require the state grid companies to purchase all power produced by renewable energy sources, but they (and the news agencies that have run with the story) fail to point out that the prior version [...]

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Tags: renewable energy

Copenhagen Accord: Take One

December 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I will have a longer post on the Copenhagen Accord when the dust settles. It is pretty clear from the Chinese press reports that China doesn’t know what to make of the Accord or how to spin it yet. One thing is abundantly clear, however, unlike US commentators who have praised the Accord for moving [...]

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Tags: Copenhagen · US-China relations · carbon emissions · climate change · miscellany

Start Your Copenhagen Chief Negotiators Trading Card Collection Now

December 11th, 2009 · No Comments

I’m going to avoid posting daily comments about what’s going on in Copenhagen, since I assume most readers know how to stay informed about the events.  You could have slept through the first three days, however, and not missed anything of substance.  My role is to bring your attention to the underreported stories that add [...]

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Tags: Copenhagen · carbon emissions

China gets serious about Copenhagen, develops catchy alpha-numeric slogan

December 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Now we know that China takes the Copenhagen round of climate change negotiations seriously.  It has developed one of those catchy (if often hard to translate) phrases with numbers to capture its core negotiating principles: “one target, two main channels, three principles, four consensus.” (一个目标,两个主渠道,三个原则,四个共识).
Oriental Outlook Weekly published an interview with Cao Rongxiang climate change [...]

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Tags: US-China relations · carbon emissions

Greentech Wars

December 4th, 2009 · No Comments

A “competition for dominance in the greentech “war” is being quietly started;” our competitor has “launched a new ‘carbon-economic revolution’” and we have been left behind at the “starting gate.”
Is Tom Friedman having another China moment?  No, these words come from a Chinese columnist in the China Youth Daily (A new era of “the old [...]

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Tags: US-China relations · carbon emissions · energy policy · miscellany