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China soon to pass USA in yet another industrial benchmark

Report: China Will Pass U.S. As Polluter
Apr 24 01:41 AM US/Eastern


SHANGHAI, China (AP) - China will pass the United States as the world's biggest source of greenhouse gasses this year, an official with the International Energy Agency was quoted as saying.

China had been forecast to surpass the U.S. in 2010, but its sizzling economic growth has pushed the date forward, the IEA's chief economist, Fatih Birol, was quoted as saying in an interview appearing in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal newspaper.

"In the past couple of months, economic growth and related coal consumption has grown at such an unexpected rate," Birol was quoted as saying. China's rising emissions will effectively cancel out attempts by other countries to reduce their own, he said.

Those comments follow the weekend release of a Chinese government report detailing the costs of climate change but asserting that the country should focus on development before cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Higher than average temperatures meant spreading deserts, worsening droughts, shrinking glaciers and increased spread of diseases, said the report, compiled by more than a dozen government bodies. It said emission limits were unfair and would constrain China's current energy and manufacturing industries.

China is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gasses, but is exempt from its restrictions because it is a developing country.

The Paris-based IEA advises developed country on energy policy.
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Phew! Thank God, we're finally off the hook!
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Somehow I think that if we had signed the treaty we would have some leverage to address China and India as they continue to replicate our mistakes of the 20th Century.

Sort of like our inability to call countries on their abuse of prisoners.

Karma is a bitch.

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Of course! It's OUR fault that other countries pollute.

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Of course! It's OUR fault that other countries pollute.

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Not at all, re-read what I wrote. It was two whole sentences.

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What a surprise!!!

Economists predicted this century is called the Pacific Century since 1988.

You should read the book called "The 4 Tigers". Make your hair stand.

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