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China Won’t Ape US in CO2 Levels as that Would be “World Disaster” | CleanTechnica
So looks like China was first into the pool...
The world's climate scientists have agreed for some decades, and increasingly so, that global emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide must be curtailed to keep some semblance of the climate that we evolved to fit over the hundreds of thousands of years that we've been around (and the millions of years that parts of our essential ecosystem that have been supporting us needed to evolve to just right).
But it certainly is reassuring when politicians actually act upon that intelligence.
China's annual emissions as of 2010 are at 6.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person, compared to the US figure of 16.9 tonnes. In its per capita emissions, China has now pulled alongside of Italy. At its current rate of growth, China is predicted to match US by 2017 if its increase in production is all fueled by coal-fired power, but the minister says that domestic policies that have been enacted in China have been designed to prevent that from happening are legally binding.
China has a level of investment in nuclear power planned that is completely unprecedented worldwide. Wind and solar have both been doubled in the last six years. A boost in energy efficiency of 40-45% by 2020 is under way. China lays out five year and ten year plans and sticks to them. There's no hostage-taking within China's government to assuage some minister's pet peeves. No filibuster. No whining.
And that is why they open 2 coal powered plants per week - It used to be one a few years back, soon it will be three. Coal is plentiful, many are employed by the coal industry and the economy need for power is increasing.
You mention that China make a plan and sticks to it – Not held hostage to a minister pet projects etc.
That is incorrect – Check the political makeup of China’s Elite – The Princelings for one – How many control major companies or large parts of other companies. They are all dividing up the pie of excess cash. Start chopping a company’s power to produce and it depends upon who owns it, who their Rabbi is and on and on.
Corruption at the State and Provincial level is massive. Crackdown on corruption within China are a longstanding joke.
There is still an ongoing power struggle within the ruling party.
Now if you think China will meet those self imposed standards, I say you are in error.