MAC: Mines and Communities

Un Reports On China

Published by MAC on 2007-05-04

China update

4th May 2007

So, what is to be? According to Reuters a draft UN report shows that China and other "developing" states are curbing their share of rising greenhouse gas emissions beyond the point required under the Kyoto Protocol.

Yet, the day before, Reuters recorded without demur allegations that the Chinese regime has "gone on the offensive in global warming politics, opposing emissions caps likely to shape contentious negotiations about solutions."

And, the day aftewards, the same US news agency recalled China's March 2007 undertaking that 10% of the country's total electricity demand would, by 2010, be met using "renewable energy...even as it continues to rely on coal for most of its energy needs. "

If that target is achieved it will exactly match the proportion of "clean energy"envisaged in the latest US proposal. (See our US update this week.)

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