Posted in Global Warming, tagged Barack Obama, Carbon Dioxide, China, climate change, developing nations, emissions, Global Warming, green new deal, grist, India, japan, leadership, prime minister, stimulus package, taro aso on February 9, 2009 |
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Throughout the global warming debate, I have often heard an argument I like to call “the China cop-out.”
It goes somewhere along the lines of, “Developing nations like China and India are growing so quickly, adding so many new coal-fired power plants, and emitting so much carbon dioxide that it isn’t worth it for the US to take action on climate change until they are on board as well.”
To which my response has always been, “Since when does America look to China to lead?”
Recent news shows that if America is willing to rise to the challenge of mitigating climate change impacts and become a leader once again, other nations will follow. To prove my point, this just in: Japan jumps on the green stimulus bandwagon.
Just as President Obama has been shepherding the stimulus package, loaded up with green goodies, through the House and Senate, Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan has announced his intention to draft a “Green New Deal” to counter both climate change and the global economic downturn.
Grist reports that Aso will “order a stimulus package focusing on slashing greenhouse gases at a meeting of his global warming advisory panel Wednesday.” At this meeting his government will also ” present various plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2020.”
If America commits to lead by example, who knows how many other leaders we may be able to influence?
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Posted in Global Warming, tagged Afghanistan, China, environmental justice, environmental refugees, Global Warming, Himalayan glacier melt, India, Nuclear, Pakistan, terrorism, water, water wars on December 30, 2008 |
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A truly frightening article from The International News and their Karachi (Pakistan) bureau:
Global warming and the ongoing thinning of Tibetan glaciers will result in as many as 15 million ‘environmental refugees’ in South Asia in the near future, said Chairperson Hisaar Foundation and member of Stockholm-based Global Water Partnership Technical Committee, Simi Kamal.
Full article can be found here.
Besides Pakistan (who we obviously do not want to destabilize), other major powers who get their water from the Himalayan glaciers include India, China, and other trouble spots like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Burma.
Emissions in Texas affect the climate worldwide, and as we all have painfully learned, what happens in other countries can end up right back on our doorstep. We need to start cooling it, especially considering that if Texas were its own country we would be the 7th largest polluter of greenhouse gases in the world. Thankfully, we also lead in renewable energy potential and can start saving money today by investing in energy efficiency.
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