China Rejects "Climate Change" Dictates, Demands Human Progress

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>China Rejects "Climate Change" Dictates, Demands Human Progress</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC)--"The first and overriding priorities of developing nations are sustainable development and poverty reduction," stated Ma Kai, Minister of China's National Reform and Development Commission, at a press conference today in Beijing as he released the government's General Work Plan for Energy Conservation and Pollutant Discharge Reduction. "The ramifications of limiting the development of developing countries would be even more serious than those from climate change." China is committed to limiting pollution, Ma Kai said, reported <em>Xinhua</em> . "To protect the environment and mitigate against the effects of climate change we have taken it upon ourselves to take action. But it is neither fair nor acceptable to us to impose too early, too abruptly measures which one would ask of developed countries." Ma Kai was also dismissive of the allegations that China , on top of being a "military threat" and an "oil-consuming threat," now is also the latest "greenhouse gas threat," and might soon "overtake" the United States as the world's biggest carbon emitter. "This talk of China being a threat baffles me. The level of our emissions per capita is a fraction that of the United States. These kinds of accusations are groundless and unfair," Ma Kai said.</p><p>"In the development history of human beings, there is no precedent where a high per capita GDP is achieve with low per capita energy consumption," states the NRDC's just-published China National Climate Change Program. China's program is to improve energy efficiency through technological improvements, while moving to shut down and replace outdated and inefficient industries. The government has set a number of goals to shift towards more advanced industry by 2010, including reducing coal-burning power plants by 50 million kilowatts by 2010. More power will be generated by hydropower and nuclear energy, with some thermal and other methods thrown in.</p></div></body>