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Waiting Game

January 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Here’s a little game we can play while we wait for “sign up” day on January 31, 2010.  What do you think China will submit for inclusion on Appendix II of the Copenhagen Accords?
The Accord provides 1 any Annex I party who so chooses can list on Appendix I its “Quantified economy-wide emissions targets for [...]

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

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

Notable Margins

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

In September President Hu Jintao announced at the United Nations that China would reduce the amount of its carbon emissions per unit of GDP by a “notable margin.”  We now have China’s definition of notable.  It means 40-45% reduction from 2005 levels by 2020 (at the high end, that’s 3% off 2005 emissions per year).  [...]

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China vs. US: Who’s the climate change solutions leader?

November 25th, 2009 · No Comments

[Reprinted in full from The Economist, Economist Debate: "This house believes that China is showing more leadership than America in the fight against climate change" Please read and vote your conscience which will no doubt be in perfect harmony with the position expressed below]
China and the United States can and should do more to lead the world [...]

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Thin Gruel

November 19th, 2009 · No Comments

I just finished reviewing the US-China Joint Clean Energy Agreements, and I barely have the motivation to type.  I know how much effort people of goodwill put into the work of securing substantive agreements in these areas.  The Chinese side while not positively obstructionist was, for the most part, not very interested in engaging in [...]

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A day late, and a dollar short . . .

November 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The climate portion of Obama’s China visit has come and gone.  In its wake it left several separate MOUs which are, quite frankly, a little flimsier than I had hoped, but represent progress nonetheless.  I’ll address them later.  For those who bothered to read to the end of the US-China Joint Statement, there was also [...]

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August 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

If there has been a gradual “softening” in China’s climate change rhetoric lately, it was forcefully arrested today by the frosty, hard-line comments of China’s top climate change official, Xie Zhenhua, before a meeting of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC). Here’s what he said, in bullet form:

The conflict between developed countries [...]

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The Climate Group Preaches Revolution

August 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

The Climate Group launched its second homage to China’s low carbon efforts yesterday, “China’s Clean Revolution II : Opportunities for a low carbon future.”  It starts well-enough with an acknowledgement (page 5) that
In recent years the scientific evidence on climate change has become increasingly clear: it is now almost universally accepted that, in order to [...]

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Tags: carbon emissions · climate change · energy efficiency · energy policy

“Low” Carbon?

August 18th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Reuters has prepared a nice graphic of the three emissions scenarios considered in a recently published report by a panel from the National Development and Reform Commission and the Development Research Center of the State Council.  The panel has previewed its findings a number of times over the past several months, but has now formally [...]

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August 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

I think I liked it better when China wasn’t talking about an emissions peak.  I had constructed my own fantasy world where China’s emissions topped out around 2030, plus or minus five years, having grown by only 15 to 20% from today’s levels.
My fantasy world was shattered by Su Wei, Director-General of the Office of [...]

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